Festo’s new modular control system
By Mario Cywinski
Festo has introduced its new high performance CPX-E modular control system. CPX-E can be used as an EtherCAT master controller and motion controller, which provides standardized platform for stepper and servo motor motion control for parts handling, assembly systems, palletizing, gluing and dispensing
CPX-E can be used for controlling automation systems, such as packaging machine palletizing units and selective soldering and water handling systems. It offers scalable motion control functions that include linear and multi-axis movements such as slides and gantries, contour applications and robotics.
CPX-E offers individual function modules, which can be combined to create an application-optimized automation platform. Components that can be used include: control units, bus modules, digital and analog input and output modules.
Also, depending on the module combination, CPX-E can be deployed strictly as a remote I/O system with bus module or as a centralized or decentralized control system using a control unit. CPX-E controllers with Codesys V3 software have PLC programming functions as well. It can also be integrated into fieldbus networks such as EtherCAT, PROFINET, and EtherNet/IP. Its OPC UA client and server functions make it Industry 4.0 ready, and allow for Integration and interoperability into cloud-based host environments.