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IntervalZero

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KINGSTAR Soft Motion provides all the benefits of a software solution to motion control in an automatically configured EtherCAT environment with “plug-and-play” compatibility. With the highest quality and performance of pre-integrated and pre-tested motion libraries, KINGSTAR delivers motion control at half the cost of traditional hardware platforms.

Deliver Software-Only Motion Control and Positioning Systems Quickly and Affordably

KINGSTAR Soft Motion is an open and standards-based, software-only solution that streamlines motor control and automation. Soft Motion runs directly on the PC, uses the NIC card for I/O, and uses the powerful EtherCAT protocol to free you from the shackles of proprietary and costly hardware. With Soft Motion, motion control engineers can design, develop and integrate PC-based machine controllers in a “plug-and-play” environment for consolidated, inexpensive and scalable motion and vision control.

Tech Papers

5 RTOS Performance Compared on EtherCAT Master – IntervalZero’s RTX/RTX64 Stands Out

POSTED: 03/29/2018

The KINGSTAR Soft Motion platform supports multiple industry-leading EtherCAT Masters to guarantee that devices from different manufacturers can work together seamlessly. The centralized controller architecture provided by an EtherCAT Master ensures all of the benefits of EtherCAT technology, like real-time operations, short cycle times, and maximum performance for minimal expense. 5

Why Developers Should Consider Industrial Automation Software

POSTED: 03/27/2018

Industrial automation software is used in a wide variety of applications. Unlike using hardware motion control, for instance, which comes with several limitations and elevated operational costs, there is now a new tool for developers to consider. The KINGSTAR Soft Motion Platform offers engineers a convenient, software-based solution for top

6 Ways that PC-Based Motion Control Outperforms Hardware

POSTED: 03/09/2017

PC-based motion control solutions deliver 6 main advantages: 1. Cost reduction. The cost of installing software is much lower than purchasing traditional hardware required, such as multiple DSP & FPGA boards and wiring cables. This reduces the overall cost of acquisition as well the maintenance cost of the system after it

Why Motion Control Software Makes Sense for Your Business

POSTED: 02/02/2017

Traditional motion control applications came with limited options. The high cost to acquire the required appliances and the many applications used in the process made streamlined motion control difficult. Using the right motion control software makes the process much easier and more convenient. It ensures the quality of production is

Challenges with Traditional Ethercat Configuration Processes

POSTED: 11/16/2016

EtherCAT is a very flexible protocol. It allows connection of I/O modules, motor, drives, communication devices, couplers and even controllers. For each hardware type, there are different data exchange methods. A motor drive can use CANopen over EtherCAT (CoE) or

Transforming 64-Bit Windows to Deliver Software-Only Real-Time Performance

POSTED: 05/24/2016

Next-generation industrial, vision, medical and other systems seek to combine highend graphics and rich user interfaces with hard real-time performance, prioritization and precision.Today’s industrial PCs running 64-bit Windows, complemented by a separate scheduler on multicore multiprocessors, can deliver that precise real-time performance on software-defined peripherals. The pace of advancement in silicon

Symmetric Multiprocessing or Virtualization: Maximizing the Value and Power of a Soft-Control Architecture

POSTED: 05/24/2016

Overview The continuous advance in multicore technologies is the catalyst for software innovation that is spawning a new generation of embedded systems that are less costly to develop, higher performing, and scalable because tasks run in parallel. The ideal architecture for these new systems is described in an earlier white paper

How Embedded Devices and the Cloud Are Leading a Paradigm Shift in Manufacturing and Production

POSTED: 05/17/2016

By: Daron Underwood, CTO Not long ago, embedded devices were not connected in any way to a network especially to a network that was accessible to the cloud. As such, it was decidedly difficult to have software activation and licensing software work at a local level. Microsoft even struggled with Windows

Why an Open “Plug-and-Play” Software Platform is The Answer for Industrial Motion Control

POSTED: 04/28/2016

What is the number one thing that industrial automation engineers want at work? It’s simple: the freedom and flexibility to choose the best tools without reservation. That autonomy, however, is rarely achieved, not just in industrial automation but practically any industry these days. Oh sure, plenty of tooling vendors say they provide

Industrial Machine Automation: Soft Motion Control Has Better Performance and Value Than Hardware

POSTED: 04/15/2016

Embedded OEMs – especially those whose products have complex human-machine interfaces (HMIs), manage many degrees of motion, and require hard real-time operation – have traditionally relied on field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and digital signal processors (DSPs) to meet the precision and performance requirements of machine vision and motion control

5 Real-Time, Ethernet-Based Fieldbuses Compared

POSTED: 03/18/2016

WHICH STANDARD STANDS APART? By: Jeffrey Hibbard, CEO, KINGSTAR The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not reflect in any way those of this website or the association. Executive Summary Ethernet-based technologies have long been game changers. When first introduced, Ethernet innovated local area networks, and by

KINGSTAR 2.5 Supported Network Interface Cards

POSTED: 10/15/2015

Introduction This document lists supported Ethernet adapters and controllers for use with KINGSTAR products (out- of-the box). Note: In the tables that follow, the KINGSTAR version listed is the first version that supported each device. All future versions of the device are supported, unless the status is marked as deprecated. KINGSTAR Soft

KINGSTAR Supported Hardware

POSTED: 10/14/2015

Servo Drives Device Information Copley Accelnet Copley Stepnet Copley Xenus Delta ASDA-2 Hiwin D1/D2 Kollmorgen AKD Maxon Maxpos Mitsubishi Mr-J3-A (limited Functionality) Omron G5 Panasonic Mina A5 Family Sanyo Denki RS2 Servotronix CDHD TDE OPDE Yaskawa Sigma-5 Stepper Drives Device Information Beckhoff EL7031 Beckhoff EL7041 Beckhoff EL7047 Syn-Tek 5621 EtherCAT IO Devices Device Information Beckhoff EK1100 Beckhoff EK1101 Beckhoff EL1008 Beckhoff EL1014 Beckhoff EL1018 Beckhoff EL1084 Beckhoff EL1088 Beckhoff EL1098 Beckhoff EL1809 Beckhoff EL1889 Beckhoff EL2004 Beckhoff EL2008 Beckhoff EL2024 Beckhoff EL2088 Beckhoff EL2502 Beckhoff EL2809 Beckhoff EL2889 Beckhoff EL3004 Beckhoff EL3008 Beckhoff EL3024 Beckhoff

KINGSTAR Soft Motion Platform Comparison Matrix

POSTED: 10/13/2015

A Comparison of Motion Control Offerings Key Trend for Machine Automation For nearly decade, a leading edge companies have been quietly developing and deploying software-based machine controller solutions that execute directly on a Windows PCs. Some refer to the this form of real-time machine control as a software motion or soft

KINGSTAR Soft Motion - Data Sheet

POSTED: 10/12/2015

KINGSTAR products are designed for industrial machines requiring motion control and positioning systems. KINGSTAR’s all-software approach sets it apart from other machine control solutions. Using the EtherCAT standard; the power of Industrial PCs; and the Windows operating system, enhanced by hard real-time software that transforms Windows into a real-time operating system

KINGSTAR Soft Motion Platform Release Notes

POSTED: 04/24/2015

Product Overview KINGSTAR products are designed for industrial machines requiring motion control and positioning systems. KINGSTAR’s all-software approach sets it apart from other machine control solutions. Using the EtherCAT standard; the power of Industrial PCs; and the Windows operating system, enhanced by hard real-time software that transforms Windows into a real-time


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