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Article | October 7, 2011
Omron Automation and Safety: Machine control reinvented
A new class of controller from Omron Industrial Automation called Machine Automation Controller (MAC) integrates multiple, specialized controllers to deliver high-performance throughput on a single controller.
Motion, logic, sequence, vision, operator safety, and RFID tracking may be integrated with exacting system synchronization. Different from more conventional controllers and platforms, the NJ-Series Mac takes a fresh approach to resolve the integration of control technologies without degrading performance. At its simplest, the NJ-Series provides one controller for motion, logic, and vision. Sysmac Studio software offers a true Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that supports programming, configuration, simulation, and monitoring. Everything is accessed by one connection to networks optimized for factory automation information (EtherNet/IP) and real-time machine control for motion, vision, sensors, and actuators (EtherCAT). The MAC features an advanced real-time scheduler to manage motion, network, and the user application updates at the same time to ensure perfect synchronization. Updating all three in the same scan is unique to Omron Industrial Automation’s NJ-Series MAC. It sets the performance benchmark to qualify for the MAC category: processing 32 axes of motion and updating in one millisecond.
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