Programmable motion controllers are the brains of servo systems. These are specifically designed to ensure that the motor follows the defined motion profile while simultaneously eliminating any errors between the motor’s actual value and the commanded value. Thus, a programmable motion controller not only handles the proper positioning, speed & torque of the motor but also its safety limits. It is also responsible for managing & processing tasks, for example making sure that the input & output from different devices is maintained.
Types of Programmable Motion Controllers
Three major types of programmable motion controllers are used in industrial automation applications. These are:
Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)
These are solid-state devices capable of controlling different devices by applying logic to tasks and ensuring that they perform efficiently.
Programmable Automation Controllers (PACs)
These are hybrid versions of PLCs & PCs, equipped with the functions of an advanced PLC as well as the processing capability of a PC.
Industrial PCs (IPCs)
These are almost similar to standard PCs but are designed with more rugged components to fit the harsh environments of industrial applications.
Applications of Programmable Motion Controllers
Programmable motion controllers are used in motor control engines. As such, they are extensively used in almost all types of industrial environments, encompassing a wide range of industries. They can be most commonly found in industries like manufacturing, automobile, processing, food & beverage, bottling, and so on.