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'Out of the box' motion controller makes light work of system building. (Plant & Equipment).

Baldor has launched a powerful fieldbus-compatible motion controller. Designated NextMove BX2, it provides a ready-to-use solution for up to four servo/vector motor axes, and which is able to run standalone or under the control of a host such as a PC. Supporting the latest multi-tasking version of the Mint motion language, MintMT, with its high level commands for tasks such as positioning, it may be configured in minutes for many commonly required automation movements.

The new product comes packaged in a rugged wall- or panel-mounting bookstyle metal case of a new design which simplifies installation and complements Baldor's Flex and Flex+ ranges of AC brushless servo motor drives. The controller integrates its own 24V DC power supply for easy set-up and installation.

Based on a fast 32-bit floating point DSP, NextMove BX2 may be populated with 2-, 3- or 4-servo motor axis control channels, each capable of performing closed-loop control with a 250-microsecond update capability. Up to 256 Kbytes of flash EPROM is available for firmware, with up to 256kbytes of on-board RAM to speed software execution. Also included are RS232 and RS485 ports, and two CAN fieldbus channels for linking with remote drives and/or I/O - simplifying system building and expansion - with support for the CANopen protocol.

Other features include enough in-board I/O to satisfy many common machine or automation tasks, and compatibility with MintMT, which simplifies application programming by providing ready-to-use commands for many sophisticated motion control tasks.

Contact Baldor on tel: 01454 850000 or e-mail: mark.crocker@baldor.co.uk.
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Title Annotation:Baldor NextMove BX2
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Date:Mar 1, 2002
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