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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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What is Windows PC-based Automation?

POSTED 06/01/2017  | By: Daron Underwood, Vice President R&D, CTO

Windows PC-based automation is a process that entails the use of software to manage real-time (RTOS) applications written in C#, C++, .NET, etc… that can perform such functions as motion control and machine vision in various industrial procedural environments. With the right PC software, you can not only enhance precision performance but also reduce operational costs to ensure precision in performing different control and machine automation tasks.

The Complete Platform for Motion Control & Machine Vision
As the full package for motion control and machine vision engineers, the KINGSTAR Soft Motion Platform is a Windows 64-bit PC-based product suite of applications with various features and functions for designing, developing and integrating motion control applications. Since it is embedded onto a Windows PC, you do not need any hardware to run it, which makes the software very cost effective.

For ease of use, the software is equipped with PC-based machine controllers that engineers can use in creating robotics and machine automation applications. It also delivers premium performance and precision for superior quality. The application is designed on the standards of EtherCAT and improved by a real-time OS compatible with Windows. Because of this flexibility, developers need just one industrial PC for motion control and automation applications that can control hundreds and hundreds of servo motors, drives and vision cameras without loss of quality, performance and speed.

Other Windows PC-Based Automation Systems
Apart from KINGSTAR Soft Motion, there are other software options for automation engineering that you may need to consider. These include:

This empowers you to flexibly and easily swap in and out, I/O devices and servo drives for the auto-configuration of the EtherCAT network. In this way, engineers are able to save an infinite amount of time not having to individually create ENI files for the configuration of every manufacturers servo motors and drives on their EtherCAT network and thereby providing efficiency and speed in the development of motion control applications.

Machine Vision
For machine vision developers, KINGSTAR products incorporate more advanced image capture and analysis, in real-time, for applications supported by a fully-fledged imaging library with step-by-step guidelines in creating prototypes up to the stage of product deployment.

Programmable Logic Controller
Also known as a Soft PLC, the KINGSTAR Soft PLC enables an industrial PC to run as a software machine controller, using its resources in real-time to handle all automation processes, including that of motion control and machine vision.

IntervalZero RTX64 (RTOS)
This ensures the transformation and extension of 64-bit Windows into a real-time OS to facilitate the development of real-time application processing for industrial machine automation processes.

Windows PC-based automation is a great step towards making the industrial automation workplace more efficient and secure. By choosing the right package for your industrial processes, you will effortlessly increase productivity and cut down your spending on operations.