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Motion controller links third-party controls to servos

26 July, 2013

Mitsubishi Electric has released a motion controller that allows users to combine Mitsubishi’s servo motion systems with third-party control systems. The Q170MCPU-EIP controller allows users to create positioning applications within their existing programming environments and to use these with Mitsubishi servo platforms.

The controller is also suitable for applications where an end-user specifies a third-party PLC and up to eight axes of servo control. Typical applications include filling, case packing, Cartesian pick-and-place systems, cut-to-length systems, conveyors, and vertical, form, fill and seal systems.

The controller is designed for use with third-party control systems that incorporate Add-On-Instructions (AOI). Mitsubishi has created an AOI library with a set of motion instructions that expand the functions of the third-party software. These instructions allow users to upgrade easily to Mitsubishi servo systems, controlling its MR-J3 or MR-J4 servos via Ethernet/IP.

Mitsubishi's motion controller

“Factory managers and other automation professionals can now harness the power and reliability of the Mitsubishi Electric iQ motion platform for their most demanding motion control applications, while using their existing control systems,” says Ariane Roberson, a senior product marketing engineer at Mitsubishi. “The Q170MCPU-EIP has the same product specifications and superior performance as the proven Q170MCPU motion controller and provides a fast, easy and affordable way to upgrade to a Mitsubishi Electric servo motion system.”

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