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Fast and powerful motion controller Flex-6 Nano from Trio Motion

February 5, 2024
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Fast and powerful motion controller Flex-6 Nano from Trio Motion-0

Time is passing, and the manufacturing industry is rapidly evolving in many aspects, with one of them being automation systems. Company leaders continue to seek effective solutions to improve manufacturing processes, increase output, and reduce costs. The physical workload of human resources is gradually decreasing as machines and robots replace more challenging tasks. Recently, we informed you about the servo control system from Trio Motion Technology servo control system from Trio Motion Technology, which efficiently automates equipment operations. This time, we want to tell you about another valuable product from this manufacturer. It is the fast and powerful motion controller Flex-6 Nano, specifically designed for optimal servo motor performance. 

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What is a motion controller?

A motion controller is a device that guides or determines the operation of a servo motor. This controller dictates the action of an automatic control system, which is carried out according to a predefined scheme. For example, an object can be pulled, lifted, lowered, rotated, or stopped, etc.

These motion controllers, in connection with servo motors, have a very wide range of applications. Servo motors themselves can be used starting from toys, home electronics, and up to complex manufacturing automation processes. They are particularly suitable for use in the packaging, printing, textile, and assembly industries. In industry, servo motors are used not only to replace conventional AC and stepper motors but also as an innovative solution for conveyor belts and manufacturing equipment. Applications are also found in hydraulic and pneumatic systems.

Compact Flex-6 Nano controller

Flex-6 Nano

Flex-6 Nano is a powerful, high-speed, and compact motion controller. It can be installed in a control cabinet on a DIN rail. The small dimensions of the device make it very compact. Flex-6 Nano has built-in 1 GB DDR3 memory, which can be expanded up to 32 GB using a Micro SD card if needed.

This motion controller from Trio Motion Technology allows the control of up to 128 servo or stepper motors with digital I/O and additional equipment, such as human-machine interfaces (HMI). All of this is controlled from a single source. The system can use an autonomous program, or commands can be sent from an external device (computer).

Simultaneous control of 64 motor axes

The Flex-6 Nano controller can control multiple motor axes, namely 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, or 64 motor axes. All versions have 64 software axes that can be used either virtually or via EtherCAT as servo or encoder input axes. Each axis can be programmed with linear, circular, helical, or spherical interpolation. The available Flex-6 Nano models can be viewed in the table below.

 

Factory model Axis Individually designed set
P600 P600
P601 4 P600 + 1 x P912
P602 8 P600 + 2 x P912
P603 16 P600 + 3 x P912
P604 32 P600 + 4 x P912
P605 64 P600 + 5 x P912
 

 

The built-in Ethernet ports can be used for programming and connecting to a regular HMI (Human Machine Interface, Trio). Additionally, communication with the main controller can be established through Profinet, Ethernet-IP, Modbus TCP-IP, etc.

Flex-6 Nano programming is done using the powerful Motion Perfect development environment. With the help of multitasking software, complex motions are easily programmed using Trio MOTION-iX commands and the integrated HMI editor. Furthermore, a standard IEC 61131-3 programming language is available for creating fully functional PLC programs. The result is verified and optimized using motion controller and HMI simulators, a 3D oscilloscope, and 3D machine visualization tools.

Flexible expansion with EtherCAT Flexslice system

Flexslice

The Flex-6 Nano EtherCAT can be used as a standalone device or connected to the Trio EtherCAT Flexslice system.

The EtherCAT Flexslice system is designed to empower any engineer to achieve more. It offers fast and flexible expansion for applications of varying complexity.

In addition to synchronous control with the EtherCAT protocol, the system can be expanded to control drive command pulses, direction, binary, analog I/O, and other functionalities that comply with the EtherCAT standard.

Multiple "stations" or EtherCAT-connected Flexslice module blocks can be added to the network. They can be connected using the P600 second EtherCAT port to establish a connection with one or more P366 Flexslice connectors.

Available Flexslice modules:

Below, we present 9 Flexslice modules designed for larger workloads:

  • P366 Flexslice Coupler – This module starts with a connector connected to the network using the upper Ethernet interface. The lower RJ45 socket can be used to connect other EtherCAT devices on the same chain.

  • P371 Flexslice 16-Out PNP – This module connects binary control signals from the Motion Coordinator to machine output devices at 24 V DC.

  • P372 Flexslice 16-In PNP – The digital input section of this module connects 24 V DC signals from machine devices with binary control registers in the Motion Coordinator.

  • P362 Flexslice Power Connect – This module simplifies the connection to the I/O system. Quick and easy installation due to easy wire connection, thanks to the push-fit connection.

  • P367 Flexslice Thermocouple – This module has 4 thermocouple inputs, each with 16-bit resolution, providing flexibility to meet various temperature measurement needs.

  • P372 Flexslice Analogue 2 Servo Axes – A model with a 16-inch PNP. This model connects 24 V DC signals from machine devices with binary control registers in the Motion Coordinator.

  • P375 Flexslice Flex 3-Axis – This module controls up to 3-axis motors with pulse/direction/enable or pulse/direction/registration signals for each axis.

  • P378 Flexslice 8 Analogue Outputs – This module has eight programmable voltage range outputs, each with 12-bit resolution.

  • P379 Flexslice 8 Analogue Inputs – This module has eight programmable voltage range inputs, each with 12-bit resolution.

Other articles and video materials about servo drives:

  1. The servo control system from Trio Motion Technology
  2. Production of TENAPORS thermal insulation materials with ESTUN servo drive
  3. Video: ESTUN servo drive in position control mode (Part 3)
  4. Enhance the capabilities of your industrial equipment with the new servo driver Trio DX3
Author
Aleksandrs Čuslins
Aleksandrs Čuslins
Drive Control Specialist
+371 2933 4363
aleksandrs.c@lasma.eu
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