PI-Medical Releases New Compact Controller for Hexapods

Hexapods from PI-MedicalHexapods from PI are indispensable for high-precision positioning in six axes. The parallel-kinematics Hexapods are offered as a system, including a powerful digital controller and comprehensive software support.

Each Hexapod is now available in a package with a new compact controller (255 x 226 x 185 mm) that provides the full functionality at a lower system price.

The Hexapod continues to be available with the previous 19-inch rack unit controller, which now offers the control of two further individual servo axes as a standard feature. Additional piezo systems as well as optical or analog inputs can be connected here as an option.

At the same time, the controller firmware has been revised and the trajectory control improved further. As a new feature, a comprehensive data recorder is now available that records operating variables such as motor control, velocity or position in real time. Macros can be stored directly in the controller and thereby support stand-alone operation even without a connected PC.

Commands are transmitted via TCP/IP Ethernet or serially via an RS 232 interface. Well-known and proven features such as the pivot point that can be defined freely in space via software commands and the convenient control in Cartesian coordinates are of course still available.

Well-known for the high quality of its products, PI has been one of the leading players in the global market for precision positioning technology for many years. PI has been developing and manufacturing standard and OEM products with piezo or motor drives for 40 years now. With four German factories and ten subsidiaries and sales offices abroad, the PI group is represented internationally.

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