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Overview
Motion Coordinators
CAN I/O
EtherCAT I/O
HMI
Previous Generation
Custom Products

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Overview

Our range of Motion Coordinators, Expansion Modules, I/O modules and HMI’s are designed to enable the control of industrial machines with the minimum of external components. In many applications, Trio’s range can be combined to build a control system capable of driving a multi axis machine and all its auxiliary equipment.

Modular

The The Motion Coordinator system is extremely modular, allowing the user to tailor the controller to their specific needs, this also allows the flexibility to incorporate new modules if the need should change, making the system "future proof"

Expandable

All the Motion Coordinators, whether PCI, panel mount, rack mount, DIN rail mount or a custom design format, incorporate a CANbus interface to allow for digital or analogue I/O expansion with Trio’s I/O modules. Special I/O requirements can also be accommodated using the CANopen protocol to control third party I/O modules. In many applications, Trio’s range can be combined to build a control system capable of driving a multi axis machine and all its auxiliary equipment.

HMI

Trio’s range of operator interface units provide a robust and functional HMI using the Trio fibre-optic network system. Third party HMI products, touchscreens etc., can communicate to the Motion Coordinator via the Modbus RTU serial protocol.

Possible System based on the MC664

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Motion Coordinators

The Motion Coordinator system allows you to control up to 128 servo or stepper motors with Digital I/O and additional equipment such as HMI's all controlled from a single master. Systems may be used with a stand alone program or alternatively commands can be sent from an external computer.

Modular

The The Motion Coordinator system is extremely modular, allowing the user to tailor the controller to their specific needs, this also allows the flexibility to incorporate new modules if the need should change, making the system "future proof"

Expandable

All The Motion Coordinators, whether PCI, panel mount, rack mount, DIN rail mount or a custom design format, incorporate a CANbus interface to allow for digital or analogue I/O expansion with Trio’s I/O modules. Special I/O requirements can also be accommodated using the CANopen protocol to control third party I/O modules. In many applications, Trio’s range can be combined to build a control system capable of driving a multi axis machine and all its auxiliary equipment.

HMI

Trio’s range of operator interface units provide a robust and functional HMI using the Trio fibre-optic network system. Third party HMI products, touchscreens etc., can communicate to the Motion Coordinator via the Modbus RTU serial protocol.

CAN I/O

Our range of digital and analogue input/output expansion modules are designed to enable simple and scalable and low-cost I/O extension for our Motion Coordinators. In addition to 24V input, output and bi-directional modules, there are relay and analogue I/O modules.

Comms

CANbus is used for communication and control between the Motion Coordinator and the CAN I/O modules. CANbus is a tried and tested, well known data link in industry which is reliable, noise immune and flexible. All CAN I/O modules are compatible with any Motion Coordinator that has a CANbus port.

Protocols

As well as being able to connect to any Motion Coordinator using Trio’s own high speed CANbus protocol, each CAN module can run the DS401 CANopen protocol allowing them to be used with other CANopen masters. Protocol selection is by DIP switches on the front of the module.

 

When using the TrioCANbus protocol, a Motion Coordinator can handle up to 16 Digital Input modules and 16 Digital Output modules, a total of 32 Digital modules and 4 Analogue modules. The CAN 16 I/O module counts as one Input and one Output module.

EtherCAT Flexslice System

The EtherCAT Flexslice System is designed to let you do more!
It offers fast flexible compact I/O expansion for the MC4 and newer Range of Motion Coordinators and can
be used with Trio or 3rd Party Masters.

High Speed

Trio’s Flexslice input/output modules provide a robust, high speed and flexible solution for both motion control and general automation. EtherCAT cycle times down to 250μsecs are supported and the bus coupler uses EBUS technology to bring all the sub-modules on to the EtherCAT network with no degradation in performance.

Range

The Flexslice system makes available a selection of digital and analogue I/O terminals as well as motion modules with pulse + direction outputs designed for precise positioning of stepper and servo motors via suitable drive technology.

The digital I/O modules have high-speed functionality. In addition, analogue modules and axis modules may be fitted to make a superbly tailored system that can be placed remotely from the master if needed.

Easy to Use

All Flexslice modules support automatic addressing with the master to automatically detect and configure the modules on startup. The bus coupler supports up to 16 input/output modules which have a positive mechanical lock and bus connector, making a reliable EBUS connection through the backplane. The complete assembly can be DIN rail mounted.

HMI

Our unique UNIPLAY HMI system is a revolutionary way to make operator interfaces better, easier and more secure! The UNIPLAY series boasts a 7" and 10" colour display.

Previous Generation

Although these Motion Coordinators are not recommended for new projects, we do have a number in stock. Please refer to the End of Life page for more information on availability and upgrading to our newer products.

Custom Products

Our dedicated and focused approach allows us to design products that fit our customers’ needs whether the customer is a machine builder requiring a bespoke Motion Coordinator or a Drives company requiring a licenced product or a commonly used interface to a Digital Drive Bus System.

Some examples are highlighted below… but more Trio designed motion control solutions are operating in the market as ‘badged’ products by major drives/motion control companies and OEM machine builders.

Please CONTACT TRIO for more information.

Benefits

  • Trio's award winning Motion Coordinator technology
  • Using an off the shelf design saves many years of development effort
  • 25 years of continual product development
  • Over 125,000 machines under Trio control worldwide
  • Established worldwide user base
  • The design can use the standard PCB layout or a customised layout
  • For high volumes the design and software can be licensed for manufacturing within your facility
  • Windows support software is immediately available
  • RoHs Compliant

Bespoke

Sometimes the standard Trio products do not have the exact features required by OEMs.

In such cases where a machine builder has a specific requirement for 200+ controllers per year we can design and manufacture a ‘bespoke’ Motion Coordinator.

Licensed

For larger companies wishing to fully integrate a motion control product line but not wanting to develop the technology themselves, we can provide a very cost effective solution by designing the hardware of a motion control range to be manufactured under license from Trio.

This option has already been adopted by one major motion control company.

Digital Interfaces

Because Trio does not manufacture drives and equally is not aligned or connected to any particular drives company, it is important that our products can be used with as many popular drives as possible.

To achieve this we have developed the following ‘growing’ list of digital drive interfaces…

EtherCAT
Sercos
Panasonic RTEX
Control Techniques SLM