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ORMEC was featured on CNN Lou Dobbs Tonight on 6/24/04. The segment was part of a series called "Exporting America" and highlighted ORMEC for keeping jobs in the United States. It features our manufacturing facility.Usage of this CNN material does not constitute an implied or expressed endorsement by CNN.

ORMEC in the local news

ORMEC was featured in the RNew Business Profile on 6/28/04 for making changes to keep local jobs. It features our manufacturing area. This two minute video is courtesy of RNEWS, Time Warner Cable, Rochester, NY

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ORMEC Newletters November 2013

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Hardware Upgrade to Version 3 - SMLC

 December 21, 2015 – Rochester, New York, USA – ORMEC is pleased to announce the introduction of SMLC Version 3. 


Responding to the volatility in the market for electronic components, Version 3 of the SMLC Hardware insures that customers with existing applications can easily transition to the new SMLC without making changes to their existing applications while customers with new application will be ensured a continued long product life cycle.


There will be no changes to the ordering part number for the SMLC’s however, other changes in part numbers and options are as follows:


·         SMLC Firmware v4.0.0 or later.

·         ServoWire  Pro v5.0.0 or later.

·         Registered ORMEC users can download files at:

o   http://www.ormec.com/Support/SupportLibrary/SMLCSoftwareLibrary.aspx

o   ServoWire Pro is part of  version 3.8.0 of the CODESYS Software Development Kit

o   Or SW-PRO.msi

·         System Card Part Number;  SMLC-SYS3-128

o   To transition from previous versions of SMLC to SMLC Version 3

§  If in possession of Application Source code, use CODESYS Development Software to download the project to the new system card.

§  If NOT in possession of Application Source code;

·         Retrieve application specific files from current System Card, including:

o   Boot Project


o   All Data Files

·         Download into new System Card SMLC-SYS3-128 using ServoWire Pro V5.0.0 or later

·         LEDs for Power and Disk Activity are no longer present

·         SMLC reset is now achieved through cycling of the power to the SMLC

·         SMLC-160 was reduced in size requiring the removal of the 4th Serial Port

·         Discontinuation of Profibus DP Master.

·         Version 3 Hardware of the SMLC can be identified by front labeling.




·         As reminder, it is always highly recommended to back-up and store a copy of your application software in a safe and easily accessible location.

Distributed Feedback for XD-Series Indexer

ORMEC is pleased to announce a new feature for the XD-Series Indexer Drive. Distributed Feedback closes the Servo Motor’s Position and Velocity Loop with a separate feedback device directly connected at the load.

A separate feedback device such as a Rotary Encoder or Linear Glass Scale can improve accuracy and precision of load positioning, removing errors caused by mechanical limitations such as backlash from a gear-box or pitch error found on ball-screws. Used in conjunction with a pulley and belt system, it also could be used to detect belt breakage. The separate position can still be latched on the rising edge of each digital input and used in a wide variety of applications such as registration, wind/unwind diameter calculations, etc.

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CDS-SDK v3.7.3 is available

Version 3.7.3 CODESYS for SMLC controllers includes:

  • Updated versions of ServoWire Pro and SMLC firmware.

GEN3 End of Lifecycle Announcement

GEN3 (GENIII) End of Lifecycle AnnouncementThe ORMEC GEN3 Series of DSP-based, multi-axis Motion Controllers, introduced in 1990, is at the end of its lifecycle. This ‘work horse’ has been manufactured, repaired and supported for well over 20 years. Due to obsolescence and unavailability of components, there are only a few units left. Once they are gone the GEN3 will no longer be produced. GEN3 controllers will be in a ‘limited repair’ status.

A limited supply of complete GEN3 controllers and parts is available for purchase on a first come/first served basis. Please contact ORMEC sales at (585) 385-3520 or sales@ormec.com for pricing and availability.

ORMEC’s XD Indexer Family Expands Analog I/O, Adds Motion Control Features for New Applications

XD Series Indexer servo drive family has expanded I/O capability that includes a second analog input and an analog output. ORMEC 400V XD IndexerThis analog ability along with the new motion control modes for Tension Control, Tachometer Feedback and Generator Mode further expands the motion control applications of the XD Indexer family. Brush-type DC motor control capability is added expanding motor control beyond brushless AC motors.

MotionSet version 1.4.0 available

MotionSet v1.4.0 is released. MotionSet is the commissioning software for ORMEC XD Indexer Servo Drives and R-Series Servo Drives.
This version includes:
  • Tension mode. When the drive is in tension mode the actual tension is displayed on the monitor screen in place of actual position. The drive exerciser still displays actual position.
  • Generator mode.
  • Tachometer scaling on DC motors. Includes new gain KVT to scale tach gain in distributed feedback applications.
  • Support for resolver option on XD drives.
  • SAC-XD435 and SAC-XD450 support.
  • Minor bug fixes.

XD Indexer Firmware AXE-UPG Version released

The AXE-UPG drive firmware Version adds new features:
  • Tension Loop Mode
  • Tachometer velocity feedback
  • DC motors support
  • Dual analog inputs
  • E-Stop OK input function
  • Tension Limit and Overtemp output functions
  • MotorMoving and AuxMoving to the MotionStaus word and added to status section of the register map
  • Generator mode support, where a servomotor can be run as a generator rather than as a motor

SMLC CDS-SDK 3.6.0 software released

Version 3.6.0 CODESYS for SMLC controllers includes:
  • Support for 400V series of the SAC-S2DM drives
  • Real-time hardware counter option for SAC-S2DM drives

SMLC firmware version 3.1.0 released

SMLC-UPG version 3.1.0 adds new features:
  • Parameter OP_HTL_ALARM allows hardware overtravels to be configured as drive alarms instead of drive faults.
  • The Modbus/TCP timeout on WAGO I/O is reduced to 5 msec.

MotionSet version 1.3.2 available

MotionSet v1.3.2 is released. MotionSet is the commissioning software for ORMEC XD Indexer Servo Drives and R-Series Servo Drives.
This version includes:
  • Updates for all 400V XD Indexers
  • Minor bug fixes

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