Simplifying Control Protocols

One of the core elements of a motion control device is the way that you interact with it. This is most apparent when...

One of the core elements of a motion control device is the way that you interact with it. This is most apparent when sending commands to a controller and reading the responses that it returns. Every motion controller will have its own command protocol, or series of rules for the communication, that dictates the format of this conversation. This command protocol will affect: 1. How intuitive the controller is to use. 2. How quickly the controller can communicate. 3. The type of devices with which the controller will be able to communicate. There are a wide variety of options for the communication standard, the format in which the information is sent, and the connector that is used to send it. All of these are a part of the command protocol. Having an open, consistent, and easy-touse format allows...

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