EtherCAT Master Controller
By DE StaffMotion Control Machine Building
Festo’s CPX-E combines compact automation control with design flexibility.
Festo unveiled its CPX-E modular control system, an EtherCAT master controller and motion controller that provides a standardized platform for stepper and servo motor motion control. The system consists of individual function modules that can be combined to create an application-optimized automation platform. The choice of components includes control units, bus modules, digital and analog input and output modules. Depending on the module combination, the CPX-E can be deployed strictly as a remote I/O system with bus module or as a centralized or decentralized control system using a control unit. The CPX-E controllers with Codesys V3 software have comprehensive PLC programming functions. The CPX-E system can be integrated into EtherCAT, PROFINET and EtherNet/IP fieldbus networks, while its OPC UA client and server functions allow for integration and interoperability with cloud-based host environments.