maxon motor Collaborates with National Instruments (NI) to simplify Advanced Motion Control

Integration of NI LabVIEW graphical programming tools and maxon EPOS2 drives deliver seamless motion control for medical devices, robotics and industrial applications

maxon motor, today announced its collaboration with National Instruments (NI), a leader in industrial measurement and control, to integrate NI LabVIEW graphical system design software tools with maxon EPOS2 positioning controllers.

The collaboration has produced a seamless integration of maxon motor high-precision drive technology and the LabVIEW NI SoftMotion Module to simplify the implementation of precise motion control tasks in many industries.

The LabVIEW NI SoftMotion Module delivers graphical development for custom motion control applications. High-level application programming interfaces (APIs) and customisable motion IP help customers to implement powerful applications and deploy them to embedded hardware platforms such as NI CompactRIO, NI PXI modular instrumentation, or the NI Industrial Controller. The software flexibility makes it now possible for customers and partners to use NI SoftMotion with third-party hardware from leading manufacturers like maxon motor.

To provide engineers and scientist with a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) motion control solution. National instruments and maxon motor collaborated to provide seamless integration between NI SoftMotion and the second generation of the maxon Easy to use POsitioning System (EPOS2).

"NI and maxon have worked together to integrate the high productivity of NI LabVIEW graphical software and the high-precision drive systems of maxon motor to help simplifying complex engineering jobs" Nate Holmes, Product Marketing Manager at National Instruments. "With this integration, engineers and scientists now can focus more on actual innovation because they don't have to assume the entire integration workload."

Because of its ease of use, LabVIEW NI SoftMotion, combined with the maxon EPOS2 drive technology is ideal for engineers who have high precision requirements or face tight time-to-market restrictions and must only spend a minimal amount of time configuring and setting up their system.

Patrik Gnos, Motion Control Product Manager at maxon motor added, "Our customers will be impressed by the high standard of quality and innovation of this collaboration between NI and maxon. We can finally provide an intuitive and complete system solution for any drive application. All drive components fit seamlessly together, including application software, positioning controler, encoder, motor and even a gear where necessary."


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