ADLINK Technology Introduces PAC Solutions with IEC 61131-3 Support



PACwiz supports distributed motion control of up to 256 axes and distributed I/O of up to 2016 points for automation applications.



ADLINK Technology, Inc. (TAIEX: 6166), a global provider of machine automation products, announced the release of the PACwiz series, ADLINK's first programmable automation controller (PAC) solutions for automation applications using the IEC 61131-3 programming standard. PACwiz provides automation application developers a platform offering the performance and convenience of PAC development, with full compatibility with IEC 61131-3 syntaxes, including the five programmable logic controller (PLC) programming language standards. With PACwiz, PLC users are able to easily upgrade to a PAC platform without further training as application development can be done in IEC 61131-3 languages, just as with traditional PLCs.


ADLINK's PACwiz features distributed motion control of up to 256 axes and distributed I/O of up to 2016 points, which are time-deterministic. This not only allows configuration of the entire motion profile and I/O topology based on application requirements, but also allows for flexible wiring configurations which simplify and reduce wiring costs between modules by 20% through the use of standard Ethernet cables.


"PACs are now becoming the mainstream solution for automation controllers by providing better performance and flexibility by supporting low-cost PC peripherals such as RAM, CompactFlash, Ethernet, and standard monitors,"stated Ethan Huang, Senior Product Director at ADLINK."PACwiz is derived from ADLINK's extensive knowledge of full motion control and high-speed I/O design, combined with support of IEC-61131-3 programming languages to provide traditional PLC users an effortless means to upgrade to a powerful and robust PAC platform."


There are two systems in the PACwiz series: open (PACwiz-MXC) and closed (PACwiz-DPAC). The"open"PACwiz-MXC system is designed using ADLINK's fanless expandable platform (via PCI and PCIe slots) and is powered by an Intel® Atom™ N270 1.6 GHz processor. The PACwiz-MXC is designed to operate as an I/O controller integrated with I/O and/or distributed motion modules (HSL and Motionnet modules) while providing the flexibility to add other modules, such as a frame grabber. The"closed"PACwiz-DPAC embedded system is designed using ADLINK's compact and fanless distributed PAC with built-in distributed motion and I/O control solutions using Motionnet and HSL buses.


ADLINK Technology provides a wide range of embedded computing products and services to the test & measurement, automation & process control, gaming, communications, medical, network security, and transportation industries. ADLINK products include PCI Express®-based data acquisition and I/O; vision and motion control; and AdvancedTCA, CompactPCI, and Computer-on-Modules (COMs) for industrial computing. With the acquisition of AmproComputers, Inc., ADLINK also provides a wide range of Extreme Rugged and Rugged Single Board Computers, Computer-on-Modules and Systems under the brand name Amproby ADLINK. ADLINK strives to minimize the total cost of ownership (TCO) of its customers by providing customization and system integration services, maintaining low manufacturing costs, and extending the lifecycle of its products. ADLINK is a global company with headquarters and manufacturing in Taiwan; R&D and integration in Taiwan, China, and the US; and an extensive network of worldwide sales and support offices.


ADLINK is ISO-9001, ISO-14001, and TL9000 certified, is an Associate Member of the Intel®Embedded Alliance, an Executive Member of PICMG, and a Sponsor Member of the PXI Systems Alliance. ADLINK is a publicly traded company listed on the TAIEX Taiwan Stock Exchange (stock code: 6166).