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Multi-core, multi-tasking solution for motion control

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NEXT GEN The TwinCAT MC3 combines features from the previous TwinCAT NC2 with a modular design and improved features

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9th February 2024

     

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Automation company Beckhoff’s next generation TwinCAT MC3 is equipped with the features of the previous TwinCAT NC2 motion control solutions, along with a modular design, among other features.

The TwinCAT MC3 can be operated in parallel with NC2 and MC3 axes can be coupled to existing NC2 axes. This ensures that the new machine components can be implemented with TwinCAT MC3 without having to adapt existing machine components.

Further, the TwinCAT MC3 brings numerous new advantages for motion control, owing to its new modular architecture. These include multi-core and multi-task support. In addition, there is no fixed restriction on the number of axes.

TwinCAT MC3 can be distributed to several central processing unit (CPU) cores which allows movement to be synchronised across all cores.

Further, axes can be operated on the same CPU core at different cycle times, depending on their speed and function. As a result, the CPU core is used optimally, as the fastest axis no longer sets the rate for all axes.

“Motion control has always been an essential component of the TwinCAT automation software by Beckhoff and is successfully used in many projects across all industries,” says Beckhoff.

Edited by Nadine James
Features Deputy Editor

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