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TwinCAT 3.1 with Kinematic Transformation Level 4 taking kinematics to the next level

BECKHOFF Automation announces the release of TwinCAT Kinematic
Transformation enabling machine manufacturers and users to control robots and
their own kinematic constructions directly from within the TwinCAT software
platform. This function allows highly complex kinematics to be implemented.

TwinCAT Kinematic Transformation offers numerous kinematics that are
divided into three different product levels, depending on their complexity.
These include 2-D, shear, 3-D delta and SCARA kinematics. The new Level 4
version represents a consistent extension of the range of functions, also
allowing more complex kinematics to be implemented such as serial 6-axis
kinematics and the Steward platform.

TwinCAT performs the set value generation and necessary kinematic
transformations. The set values for the axes are cyclically transferred via
EtherCAT to any drive amplifier such as an AX5000 servo drive. The robot
movements are programmed directly from the PLC. Path movements for following
contours can also be implemented with TwinCAT NC I according to DIN 66025.

The introduction of TwinCAT Kinematic Transformation eliminates the need
for an additional robot controller or the learning of a special robot
programming language. The entire machine can be operated with just one control

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