The microMAXR from Agile Systems allows multiple controllers to be interfaced using a traditional connector or a backplane version that plugs into the user's pc board. This latter connection substantially reduces the interconnect wire complexity and the system integration time. Agile has designed a peer-to-peer network architecture allowing the user to create individual distributed programs to interact with each other. Peer-to-peer networking of motion tasks reduces the bandwidth requirement of the network connection between machine control and the motion system.
The controller integrates the motion control, servo amplifier, networking capabilities and user I/O all within a compact package to facilitate this capability. With this true distributed control network scheme, register values are exchanged between controllers in a synchronized fashion, ensuring motion functions associated with each exchanged register value are executed at a defined point in time and synchronized among all axes in the system.