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PCIpro—Capability Multiplier of Motion Control Card

PCIpro—Capability Multiplier of Motion Control Card

(Summary description)Motion control card is one of the core products of PC Based control. With the increasing demand for machine vision, human-computer interaction, and data collection in the automation industry in recent years

PCIpro—Capability Multiplier of Motion Control Card

(Summary description)Motion control card is one of the core products of PC Based control. With the increasing demand for machine vision, human-computer interaction, and data collection in the automation industry in recent years

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PCIpro-Capability Multiplier of Motion Control Card

Motion control card is one of the core products of PC Based control. With the increasing demand for machine vision, human-computer interaction, and data collection in the automation industry in recent years, the market scale has been maintaining rapid growth. However, in some applications, based on the characteristics of PC Based, users have put forward higher requirements for the control system with the motion control card as the core:

Lower the user's threshold for use, easy to debug and program
Richer and more powerful human-computer interaction functions
High-performance automation solutions based on real-time systems
The extended performance of the program is stronger
Miniaturization of PC, especially medium and large equipment with multiple axes and multiple points
Data collection and analysis

The PCIpro automation software developed by the ProU team is expected to solve the above problems and become a force multiplier for motion control cards. It has been applied to thousands of automation equipment.

PCIpro supports users to use Japanese ladder diagrams to develop motion control card programs, so a large number of PLC engineers have become new developers of motion control cards. PCIpro supports motion control cards of mainstream brands, as well as motion control cards such as IO and analog.

 

For the development tutorials of motion and logic functions, please refer to the official website of Leisai Control Technology Co., Ltd. "Methods of Ladder Programming for Leisai Control Cards" or the online manual of PCIpro.

We believe that in the future, machines will have higher and higher requirements for human-computer interaction, and they will even become the core competitiveness of automation equipment. The ProU team has developed a large number of human-computer interaction controls on the visualization module to facilitate engineers to quickly implement powerful human-computer interaction functions. Screen editing is similar to traditional configuration software or touch screen applications. Drag and drop controls from the control library to the visualization page, and then associate them with the variables in the control card.

 

It's not just a basic button and indicator space. Based on the ProU visualization solution, engineers can quickly implement efficient human-computer interaction, such as importing DXF files or machine vision shooting to generate dispensing trajectories or assembly positions. We provide a tool similar to AutoCAD in visualization, and on-site operators can simply set up modify.

As above, the user can directly import the CAD file of the FPC workpiece, and describe the critical path point on the equipment display screen, the visualization module will automatically fit the curve, and the field operator can directly fine-tune the curve on the man-machine interface of the machine

We have also added a spreadsheet control to the visualization module, which can record and display the data in the board, and generate analysis tables such as histograms and line graphs. You can also write the data into the table after editing by the on-site operator. As shown below:

 

In the equipment development process, engineers often need to develop a large number of axis control interfaces and cylinder interfaces. In the visual interface, we make these relatively standard interfaces into axis management and cylinder controls. Engineers can directly drag and drop these controls on the visual interface and associate them with the variables in the board.

 

 

For commonly used industrial robots, such as ABB and Epson. The user can find the control corresponding to the robot communication in the visualization module, and quickly realize the interaction between the automation equipment and the robot.

The choice of PC-based control solutions for automation equipment is often accompanied by machine vision application requirements. PCIpro contains the machine vision module ProV. The user goes through the basic configuration and programming process: camera configuration→image processing→calibration configuration→alignment setting, and setting of board variables. Machine vision applications such as positioning and measurement can be quickly realized.

Camera configuration: The user selects the camera used in the project in the expanded menu, or selects the last item, the standard GigE protocol, and configures the necessary camera parameters. After the camera is connected normally, you can see the images collected by the camera on the main screen.

 

 

Image processing: The user obtains the coordinates of the product by dragging the image tools and calculation tools in the toolbox, and transmits them to the soft PLC through variables.

 

Calibration and alignment function configuration: The purpose of calibration is to establish a corresponding relationship between the pixel information in the image and the equivalent of motion control. ProV has built-in calibration algorithms, and this function can be used directly. After the calibration is completed and the coordinates of the product are obtained, processes such as assembly and testing are completed through the movement of each axis. The motion parameter calculation module of each axis has been built in ProV, and the user can obtain the result of the alignment calculation by selecting the corresponding mechanical structure. ProV has built-in common mechanical structures, and more and more mechanical structure types will be added in the future with market demand.

 

 

We designed a set of visual registers, VD, whose functions are similar to the D components and R components in traditional Japanese PLCs for the interaction between ProV and motion control cards. For example, control ProV to start taking pictures, calibration, etc. or transfer the calculation result of ProV-axis movement back to the motion control card.

When implementing more complex device control, PCIpro can turn an industrial computer into an EtherCAT controller. With the practice of EtherCAT bus technology in the entire industry, users can find almost all solutions for different market positioning: sensors, IO, analog Measuring module, weighing, machine vision. It is of great help to expand the program capabilities of the motion control card. The scheme of a laser welding equipment is shown in the figure below:

 

In summary, PCIpro is a powerful weapon to enhance the capabilities of the motion control card solution. It can bring the following values to users while using the motion control card:

Lower the user's threshold for use, easy to debug and program
Richer and more powerful human-computer interaction functions
High-performance automation solutions based on real-time systems
The extended performance of the program is stronger
Miniaturization of PC, especially medium and large equipment with multiple axes and multiple points
Data collection and analysis

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