ACS Motion Control introduces NetworkBoost™, an advanced network failure detection and recovery feature that dramatically increases machine uptime. The optional NetworkBoost feature indicates the exact failure location within the EtherCAT network, minimizing troubleshooting & repair time. In addition, ACS’ NetworkBoost enables the network to resume and continue its normal operation without replacing the failed cable. With NetworkBoost, there is no need for additional hardware, just an extra Ethernet port on the host PC and an EtherCAT cable.
“Motion control systems that utilize EtherCAT networks are sensitive to failures of the network cables, especially those that include many moving nodes and cables. Even an intermittent failure can have a detrimental effect on motion, which could significantly impact the uptime of machines,” said Ze’ev Kirshenboim the President of ACS Motion Control. “NetworkBoost™ provides immediate recovery and resumed manufacturing without the need of a costly onsite technician, delivering increased machine uptime and higher productivity.”
NetworkBoost is currently available with the SPiiPlusSC soft controller and is designed for all ACS EtherCAT network systems and production machines for any application where downtime is expensive.