Festo Motion Control Package
By Mario Cywinski
Festo Motion Control Package (FMCP) is a motion control kit for running a Festo handling system. FMCP can coordinate motion of up to six axes for pick and place and other precision Cartesian robotic applications.
FMCP is available as a pre-wired and ready-to-install control solution providing kinematics for H-portal, T-portal, 2D, and 3D Festo standard gantry systems. At the PLC, OEMs configure Cartesian motion applications using the FCMP’s software function blocks.
With this solution, Festo has taken its Handling Guide Online (HGO) and created FMCP as a complete solution: robotic motion controller, cabinet, components, wiring and quick connection. Control cabinet arrives fully wired and ready to be installed.
With the FMCP, OEM have to connect power, Ethernet, IO, and quick-connecting cabling to the gantry motors, then use the function block to fill in key motion parameters.
Basic motion can be taught through a webserver or IOS/Android app. FMCP also offers a solution for end-of-arm-tooling. With an IO-Link connection, FMCP can control eight external digital inputs and eight digital outputs that are available in the standard function block.