Adept Technology, Inc, a leading provider of intelligent robots and autonomous mobile solutions, introduces its new lead-free SmartController EX. As said, with more processing power and faster communication, the new controller can increase a robot’s cycle speeds by up to 5%.

Adept Technology introduces SmartController EX
Adept Technology introduces SmartController EX

The controller is designed for use with Adept robots, features Gigabit Ethernet, a high-speed processor and new software, called Adept eV+. The company is previewing the controller at Pack Expo yhat held in October 28-31, 2012. According to Adept, the SmartController EX features Gigabit Ethernet and a processor that is 10 times more powerful than the previous generation. Four times more memory further enhances performance and the 2GB SD memory card slot adds functionality, allowing users to easily transfer data between controllers, capture log data and back up data to a PC.

The controller’s Adept eV+ software is completely new and built around a robust real-time operating system. It is seamlessly backward compatible with V+ code and tightly integrates with Adept’s vision-guidance technology for optimal robotic performance. “The new SmartController EX combines powerful new hardware with entirely new software that benefits from the intellectual property accumulated over Adept’s 25 year history as a robotic leader,” said John Boutsikaris, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Adept designed the SmartController EX for use with Cobra s-series SCARA robots, Viper six-axis robots, Quattro parallel robots and Python Linear Modules. It is backward compatible with Adept’s CX controller – customers can use the same connectors and code and easily transition. This initial launch of the new EX controller is limited to Adept’s ePLC Connect Server software, which provides seamless connectivity with the customer’s PLC. With ePLC, users program, operate and support their Adept robots through their PLC network.

The SmartController EX comes with a new, optional T20 Pendan which is lighter and features a more colorful interface than previous generation. This hand-held device provides a user interface in an ergonomic and rugged package. In addition, it is designed for both right- and left-handed users, the company adds.

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