Delta, a global leader in power and thermal management solutions and industrial automation systems, has introduced the AX-308E as the first of its compact, mid-range AX-3 Series PLC motion controllers. It is based on CODESYS, the development environment complying with international standards, targeting intelligent industrial automation applications. Thus, it shortens the time of learning and programming. This multi-axis motion controller, which controls up to eight EtherCAT servo drives, is compatible with the existing AS Series and supports a broad range of industrial communication protocols, including EtherCAT and offers a complete motion control solution. The Delta AX-308E is designed for motion control applications in markets as diverse as assembly, packaging, and woodworking and together with the AX-Series , we increase the scalability of the Delta Motion Control Portfolio.The AX-308E is able to control up to eight EtherCAT servo drives, as well as inverters, remote I/O modules, and other third-party devices. Furthermore, up to four pulse-train drives can be controlled using the integrated fast digital outputs. The broad array of connectivity interfaces offered, including Modbus TCP/RTU, Ethernet/IP, and OPC UA, make this PLC ideal for Industry 4.0. Complementing these communication capabilities are 16 digital inputs, 8 digital outputs, two serial ports, two incremental encoder interfaces, and an SSI port. Support for additional I/Os, temperature sensing, and load cells is ensured thanks to compatibility with Delta’s existing AS Series Expansion Module.
At a glance:
- Supports up to 8 EtherCAT servos as well as 3rd party devices
- Supported protocols: EtherCAT, OPC UA (server), and other leading fieldbus technologies
- Minimum EtherCAT synchronization time: 2ms @ 8 axes
- Minimum execution time of basic instruction: 5ns
- Built-in encoder interfaces: Incremental × 2 and SSI × 1
- Built-in 16 DI (200 kHz × 4) and 8 DO (200 kHz × 4; supports pulse-train servo drives)
Delta Electronics, Inc.