KINGSTAR Launches Version 2.6
with Software PLC & Workbench

General Availability Release Date: June 3, 2016

Product Overview

KINGSTAR products are designed for industrial machines requiring motion control and positioning systems. KINGSTAR’s all-software approach sets it apart from other machine control solutions.

Using the EtherCAT standard, the power of Industrial PCs, and the Windows operating system, enhanced by IntervalZero’s RTX64 hard real-time software that transforms Windows into a real-time operating system (RTOS), you can create software-only, PC-based machine controllers that lower the costs of industrial machines while delivering excellent precision and performance.

There are two product lines: KINGSTAR Soft Motion and KINGSTAR EtherCAT.

KINGSTAR Soft Motion is a complete software solution that creates PC-based machine controllers with premium precision and performance.

KINGSTAR EtherCAT provides support for CANopen over EtherCAT and simplified configuration of EtherCAT networks.

New Features and Resolved Issues

KINGSTAR Soft Motion

– Add-on support for a KINGSTAR Software PLC powered by ISaGRAF. The KINGSTAR Software PLC is comprised of:

  • KINGSTAR Workbench, which allows users to create programmable logic controller (PLC) programs. It offers six languages for PLC programming: Sequential Function Chart, Structured Text, Ladder Diagram, Function Block Diagram, SAMA and IEC 61499 Application. It also includes a sample KINGSTAR program for testing.
  • KINGSTAR PLC saves the user from the inconvenience caused by using a hardware PLC solution. The PLC machine is replaced with the PLC software that can run on the KINGSTAR runtime target system and monitor and control the inputs and outputs of all devices connected to the computer with Ethernet cables. KINGSTAR PLC brings an accelerated, simplified workflow that raises productivity and reduces cost.

– Support for the PLC open standard for motion control basic functionality, which includes:

  • Axis state
  • Single-axis function blocks
  • Multi-axis function blocks

KINGSTAR Analysis Console is a support tool to help identify the configuration and network settings of a KINGSTAR runtime target system. The Analysis Console allows for message logging of internal KINGSTAR subsystem behaviors to help solve application and configuration related issues.

– Resolves an issue regarding the use of MotionMinLimit and MotionMaxLimit status while driving a motor (48).

– Resolves an issue where homing modes did not work as expected in reverse direction.

KINGSTAR EtherCAT

– Adds support for Sanyo Denki RF2 4 axis drive.

– Improves support for Hiwin D1 and D2 drives by adding actual torque support and removing actual current (15).

Availability

KINGSTAR 2.6 Soft Motion and KINGSTAR EtherCAT are available beginning June 3, 2016 through Partners and by contacting Sales: KINGSTARSales@KINGSTAR.com or (781) 996-4481. Evaluation Downloads can also be requested here.

We look forward to comments and feedback. If you have any recommendations or wish to suggest any product enhancements, please contact Product Management at: KINGSTARSales@KINGSTAR.com

Terri Hawker heads IntervalZero’s Product Management initiatives and chairs the company’s Development Committee (DevCom), which guides overall product development strategy and approves the roadmap for the company’s flagship hard real-time software products, RTX64 and RTX. Terri establishes the product requirements for each release of RTX64 and RTX by carefully assessing market trends and forces; by considering customers’ product enhancement requests and their product feedback; and by consulting regularly with the customers’ senior leadership as well as sales and R&D executives. She shepherds the feature set through the agile product development process all the way through product delivery from engineering to manufacturing.