MATLAB Enables Designers to Quickly Develop Motion Control Applications

October 18, 2018 by Paul Shepard

ACS Motion Control has created a MATLAB library that enables users to develop sophisticated applications with advanced diagnostics capabilities directly with ACS control systems. The MATLAB library communicates with ACS' motion controllers, allowing users to implement custom motion profiles, learning control algorithms, a custom FRF measurements, advanced monitoring systems, and much more.

The SPiiPlus Library for MATLAB allows users to experiment with algorithms to improve motion control performance for their application. It can provide design support at each stage of the development process, from modeling to deployment through automatic code generation.

"The SPiiPlus Library for MATLAB offers expanded flexibility and capability for motion control engineers. The library allows users to employ powerful MATLAB features to design, test and refine their motion control application. This enables a more robust and higher performance motion control system while reducing time to market," said Jason Goerges, General Manager at ACS Motion Control.

The SPiiPlusNT suite of software tools is designed to minimize time to market while providing the flexibility to meet the specific machine requirements throughout its entire life cycle. It provides extraordinarily easy setup, fast application development, and quick diagnostics for all SPiiPlus control products.

All tools include a controller simulator, powerful remote access and diagnostics, and fast error recovery, thus reducing training effort and costs. With the SPiiPlus Simulator, you can develop the entire Windows host front end application, and real time PLC and motion programs.

A full simulation of your entire machine can be developed, using ACSPL+ programs to emulate real life changes of inputs, outputs, safety faults, errors and more. The front end and machine control software can then be logically tested and debugged from a desktop or laptop computer without attaching any hardware.

The new library Supports MathWorks® MATLAB® R2011a (v.7.12) and later, as well as Microsoft Windows operating systems starting from Windows 7.

The SPiiPlus MMI is now officially "MATLAB® enabled" and ACS is a member of the MathWorks Connections Program, defined as "MathWorks® Partner"