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Control module accommodates multiple electric drives

30 March 2009

Festo has launched an intelligent multi-axis control module for electric drives. The CPX-CMXX module is a highly integrated plug-in unit designed for use with Festo’s CPX series of multifunctional control terminals. The module is easy to configure using Festo’s FCT software tool.

Control module accommodates multiple electric drives
Control module accommodates multiple electric drives

The module can operate autonomously or in response to signals from a host controller – it features a built-in PLC-compatible interface. It can store and execute simple individual axis movements, and can also coordinate the movement of two groups of axes, each containing up to four axes. There are 1,024 position sets available for each of the two groups of axes; these can either be linked and executed in sequence, or multiple sets can be executed in synchronism, which provides considerable control flexibility. The module communicates with the various drive modules via CANopen, using the standard fieldbus FHPP handling and positioning profile.

The module is equipped with a standard Ethernet 10/100 baseT interface for parameterisation, as well as a service interface for a Festo CPX-MMI handheld terminal, and features front panel LEDs to indicate program status and provide local diagnostic feedback.

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