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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.

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Introducing KINGSTAR 2.5: Motion Control & Machine Vision Made Better

POSTED 03/20/2018

 | By: Dipesh Mukerji, VP Marketing & Strategy

KINGSTAR is excited to announce that KINGSTAR 2.5, the latest release of the KINGSTAR Soft Motion Platform, is now available.

KINGSTAR 2.5 builds upon its original foundation, literally and figuratively. The KINGSTAR Soft Motion Platform operates on IntervalZero RTX64, our parent company’s flagship product and the DNA that makes KINGSTAR’s cutting-edge capabilities possible. The RTX64 infrastructure adds efficiency, agility, and enhanced productivity by replacing FPGAs and DSPs and transforming Windows into a real-time operating system (RTOS). This allows you to scale up to 64 core systems for dedicated real-time application processing, and deliver determinism and real-time performance without altering or modifying Windows.

We’ve also built on the original KINGSTAR foundation. Release 2.5 adds more pre-integrated and pre-existing motion control components from the best motor and device manufacturers that you use or want to use. The KINGSTAR 2.5 Soft Motion Platform also gives you the ability to “plug and play” any of the IO and device components that you desire, and your EtherCAT network will be automatically configured. You have the ability to use your own customizable motion control algorithms based on an EtherCAT network as well. Last but not least, we have incorporated software PLC powered by ISaGRAF to give you full automated control of assembly and machinery management and deployment, along with machine vision powered by Matrox for image capture and processing applications.

Less tangibly, but equally importantly, KINGSTAR 2.5 builds upon our experience, commitment, and dedication to providing the best software motion control and machine vision solutions on the market. We have combined over 30 years of experience with the latest advances in industrial automation to provide truly innovative solutions to your most pressing challenges.

We love technology, but we love real business benefits even more. With KINGSTAR 2.5, you will:

  • Reduce costs
  • Improve quality control and precision performance
  • Reduce programming time
  • Enhance programming maintenance
  • Provide greater data availability
  • Decrease complexity

KINGSTAR 2.5 represents a pivot towards the cloud-based, IoT future. That’s where industrial automation is going, and we plan to empower you to get there. With more flexible technology, better performance, superior quality, and lower cost, KINGSTAR 2.5 is a significant step on that journey.