Generation III Motion Controller
The GEN3 family is at the end of its lifecycle. It is in limited repair status.
GEN3 (GEN III) is a family of integrated, multi-axis motion controllers that was introduced more than 20 years ago. For new applications, SMLC Motion Controllers are recommended.
- Multi-Processor Architecture
- MotionBasic programming environment
- DSP Performance
- PC-AT Style Backplane
- User program storage
- Memory Disks
- Extended Machine I/O - connecting to Opto 22 Pamux or other I/O
- DSP Axis Modules up to 2 axis per module
- Communications Ports
- System Diagnostics
Generation III Motion Controller Family
The GEN3 Model 20 and Model 40 controllers feature the MotionBASIC programming language. GEN3s are used in a wide range of industrial markets including packaging, converting, labeling, web & material handling, medical, pharmaceutical, as well as general assembly and winding.
||For 1 1/2 to 4 axis applications|
||For 2 1/2 to 8 axis applications|
|Models 20 & 40
||Networked in large multi-axis systems|
GEN3 tightly interfaces the controller's main processor with high-speed digital signal processor(s) on the DSP Axis Modules. A shared memory interface, uses dual port RAM, guarantees the fastest possible inter-processor communications.
In addition to the DSP's ability to insure superlative closed loop operation, GEN3 features MotionDATA—a direct DSP-to-DSP link for electronic gearing and multi-axis synchronization applications.
PC-AT Style Backplane
GEN3's open architecture allows you to plug-in DSP Axis Modules (1 1/2 or 2-axis versions) — plus standard network, video and serial cards. ORMEC's optional adapters are also fully integrated into the MotionBASIC software environment.
User program storage
On-board lithium battery backed CMOS static RAM is adequate for most applications.
If your application requires additional memory, PCMCIA-standard memory disk (Flash PROM or Static RAM) technology provides up to 4 Mbytes of additional solid-state memory. Removable credit card-sized modules simplify field installation and maintenance of motion programs and product recipes.
MotionBASIC language extensions for specialized application add-ins such as standard PLC network communications can be installed in the internal MotionCARD slot.
All GEN3 motion controllers include 16 discrete I/O points compatible with Opto 22 style modules. They are accessed at pluggable terminal blocks and are individually software-configurable as inputs or outputs. Inputs can be configured as latches—allowing the capture of high speed sensor signals—and may also be used to interrupt program operation. All analog and digital I/O are accessed by MotionBASIC as pre-defined arrayed variables.
Extended Machine I/O
GEN3's optional Extended I/O Interface includes 24 TTL-level I/O points at a 50-pin Opto-22 compatible connector. These I/O points are configurable as inputs or outputs, or this connector may be used to access 512 analog or digital I/O points using Opto-22's Pamux standard.
DSP Axis Modules
Each DSP Axis Module interfaces two servos, or a pacer encoder and a servo, and provides full fault diagnostics including open wire detection, servo alarm codes, and watchdog timer interlocks.
DSP Axis Module I/O
Each DSP Axis Module also provides two high-speed sensor inputs, six programmable limit switch outputs and four optional 12-bit analog inputs—as well as software and hardware overtravel limits.
The servomotor/drive interface has been carefully designed — with a thorough consideration of cabling, shielding and voltage tolerances.
An RS-232 serial port is provided for program development using an IBM-PC or compatible running our MotionPRO development software. The built-in RS-422 serial port is fully supported in software to provide an elegant, inexpensive way to interface with operator keypads, compact terminals or Modbus for factory communications.
Sixteen digital I/O LEDs and 22 diagnostic LEDs make it simple to diagnose problems instantaneously without the need for test equipment.