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MACS5-Compact skips a generation

01 August 2018

New from zub AG – a member of maxon motor group – the MACS5-Compact cost-optimised controller for positioning and synchronising 1 to 3 axes replaces the successful MACS3.

Featuring the same width and similar volume, with identical connector configuration for easy replacement in the control cabinet, the MACS5-Compact offer the same performance as the MACS5 series and is therefore much more powerful than the MACS3. With Ethernet, USB and optional EtherCAT, it has more interfaces, additional analogue inputs and an additional encoder.

Each MACS5-Compact controls and regulates the complex and highly dynamic positioning and synchronisation of up to 3 axes of servo and asynchronous motors. Interfaces for incremental, SinCos and SSI encoders as well as high-speed latching inputs are already integrated. Additional axes can be controlled via additional external amplifiers.

This makes the MACS5-Compact suitable for challenging automation tasks, such as fully automated storage and order picking of individual products, in printing and finishing machines for feeding inserts, synchronising conveyor belts or automating packaging systems. The drives for the various travel and stroke movements are precisely controlled and moved synchronously, position data and travel profile are changed “on the fly” without intermediate stop, several CANopen servo amplifiers are controlled and monitored simultaneously, and the grippers are monitored by means of position and sensorless torque/force control.

Such logic and drive controls can be implemented completely with MACS5-Compact modules and coupled to higher-level management systems (PLC or host computer) via fieldbus, such as EtherCAT or CAN bus. The realisation of multi-axis special systems such as delta robots, portal robots, 3D printing axis systems, mobile robots, automatic door systems, etc. is also conceivable.

The free programmability allows an exact adaptation to specific requirements of machines and devices or allows the flexible extension of the DS402 functionality. High-level language programming with powerful language elements for positioning offers the prerequisites for efficiently realizing different product variants and securing long-term investments with little effort.