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Mecademic robots are easy to integrate with almost any PC or PLC controller via TCP/IP, EtherCAT or EtherNet/IP. This page offers some examples of integration and sample code for certain control systems. This code can be used as a baseline for your own development. If you’d like to use a controller not featured on this page, feel free to get in touch with any questions.

Allen-Bradley by Rockwell automation

Allen Bradley PLCs are a household name in automation and are integratable with the Meca500 in a variety of ways. The EtherNET/IP protocol for the Meca500 was developed using Allen Bradley and their CompactLogix series. Stay tuned for Mecademic’s add-on instructions (AOIs), coming soon. The Allen Bradley Micro800 series is another good choice for the Meca500, and can be integrated via TCP/IP.

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The Meca500’s EtherCAT protocol was developed and tested with Beckhoff, which implements open automation systems based on PC Control technology. Beckhoff’s TwinCAT automation suite forms the core of the control system. Their TwinCAT software system transforms almost any PC-based system into a real-time control system.

Beckhoff EtherCAT 2019
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Mistubishi’s FX series offers a variety of choices for any budget or application. Connect Mitsubishi PLCs directly to Mecademic Robots via TCP/IP.

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Omron’s compact line of PLCs easily integrate with the Meca500 over EtherCAT. Their Sysmac Studio provides an integrated environment for setting, programming, debugging and maintenance of machine automation controllers including the NJ/NX CPU Units and the HMI.

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Powerful, integrated, and designed for the global machine market, the EtherCAT based Parker Automation Controller (PAC) is a great choice for integration with Mecademic Robots. The PAC combines machine logic, signal handling and high-speed motion control into a standard based, performance driven, fan-less, and easily mountable din rail solution.

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Unitronics offers an all in one solution which integrates easily with the Meca500. The Unitronics Samba series combines an HMI and PLC in a very compact package, which is a great starter kit for the Meca500. It includes Visilogic software, which allows you to develop your PLC, HMI, VFD, and Servo applications in one programming environment.

Unitronics PLC+HMI