Schleicher has announced its EtherCAT-enabled machine controller, the ProNumeric XCI 600: IPC-based, it allows for fast and efficient field networking. With Windows 8 embedded and an Intel i3 processor facilitate applications with up to 32 interpolating axes.
The dynamic multi-operating system architecture ensures the continuous protection of current processes as well as long-term investment security.
EtherCAT is a powerful network that is internationally established and used by a multitude of component providers. Schleicher Electronic is one of the leading providers of automation solutions and has developed an EtherCAT interface for its own controllers: The "ProNumericXCI600" Schleicher controller supports the common CoE (CAN over EtherCAT) profile and is therefore compatible with nearly all EtherCAT-enabled drives.
The XCI600 is also an IPC-based controller. It is therefore no longer necessary to have an industrial PC for visualization, logging protocols or statistics. The Core i3 Intel processor has two cores with 1.8 GHz each, a 4 GB DDR3 RAM and a 32 GB Solid State Disk (SSD).
Another advantage of the new Schleicher solution is that the VxWorks real-time operating system for machine controllers and Windows 8 embedded run in parallel to facilitate visualization and communication.
The real-time hypervisor ensures reliable tandem operation. It divides the processor performance and concentrates the real-time processes in one core. Switching times are avoided and the operating systems are reliably separated from each other. It is, for example, possible to restart the Windows system without problems while the system continues to operate.
Even a change to a later version does not affect VxWorks. The real-time system is returned to a safe machine state in the event of errors. VxWorks therefore provides a stable platform for many years of machine life cycles.
The Schleicher controller is provided in "Book-PC" format. The dimensions 100x200x200mm (3.93 x7.87 x 7.87 inches) and vertically orientated connectors make the XCI600 very compact. Neighboring devices can be directly placed next to the controller - even in very flat switch cabinets.
Consistent use of power-saving components ensures very low energy consumption, such that there is no need for active cooling in most applications. Additionally, combined with the Schleicher XSL laser module the system produces unparalleled resolution of 1 µs and precision of 1 micron.
The ProNumeric XCI600, like all other Schleicher controllers, focuses on permanent CNC/PLC synchronization.
The "Intelligent Motion Controller" concept allows Schleicher to combine the strengths of both control technologies and to offer smooth movement sequences, efficient production processes and intuitive operation.
The controller can be easily and quickly parameterized on a computer by using the "Schleicher dialog". The integrated web server facilitates simple visualization and operation.
The XCI600 also offers various interfaces to connect peripheral devices: DVI/VGA interface and USB interface, 4x 1 GB Ethernet connections, seven USB interfaces as well as a serial interface for various applications.