Embedded Automation Modules
Mon, 08/06/2007 - 6:52am
The eAutomation Group of Advantech introduced its AMAX Series embedded automation, modules for use in machine control system architectures. AMAX is a distributed control system: The trajectory generation and logic control executes in the central processor, but the motion control loops are executed in the intelligent slave module and require less centralized processing power while reducing overall wiring cost and system complexity. The AMAX-2050KW master module is an embedded Pentium III grade platform with an onboard AMONet controller that can control up to 2048 I/O points or 64 axes. It offers two USB interfaces, two RS-232 and one RS-422/485 communication ports with automatic flow control, one 10/100 Base-T Ethernet port, four programmable diagnostic LEDs, soldered AMD Geode GX2 processor with up to 256 MB RAM, 128 KB battery backup RAM, and supports Windows CE.Net. The AMAX-27XX Series consists of digital slave modules for AMONet that expands digital I/O capacity. With these modules, actuators/sensors can be connected directly with minimum effort. I/O points can be accessed up to 100m away using simple and low-cost wiring with network speeds capable of scanning 2048 I/O channels in 1.04 ms. The AMAX-2210 Series are used to increase the number of axes for an AMONet distributed motion control network. They are designed with friendly front-access all-in-one wiring solution to save space and provide easy cabling.