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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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KINGSTAR 3.2 Is Live: What You Need to Know

POSTED 03/20/2018

As of November 3, 2017, the 3.2 release of KINGSTAR Soft Motion and KINGSTAR EtherCAT will be generally available to download from KINGSTAR and selected partners .

What’s new and noteworthy? Version 3.2 of KINGSTAR Soft Motion includes a variety of exciting new features, highlighted below, as well as a number of resolved issues and bug fixes that you can browse in the full release notes.

New features in KINGSTAR Soft Motion 3.2 include:

  • New Gearing and API functions and command-line mode in the KINGSTAR Analysis Console
  • Adds KINGSTAR .NET Class Sample, properties to the Axis class in the .NET Class interface, and a method to the Axis class in the .NET Class interface
  • Adds options in the KINGSTAR ESI Import Tool, including cycle time interval, default resolution, MOP display, and custom input/output
  • New retry capability to scanning the bus scan (if new slaves are added between the INIT and OP state, the KINGSTAR master will run the bus scan again)
  • Contains the Beta version of a new KINGSTAR Tuning Console that can be used to configure, test, and tune devices

The big news for KINGSTAR EtherCAT 3.2 is that it was rewritten from a single threaded architecture to a distributed architecture to improve performance for a larger number of devices. 3.2 also provides KINGSTAR EtherCAT API functions to read and write custom variables into the PDO variable list.

KINGSTAR EtherCAT 3.2 supports new hardware as well, including the Inovance IS62ON servo drive and VIPA SLIO EtherCAT Coupler.

Interested in upgrading to 3.2 or taking it for a test drive? Get in touch or request an evaluation download.