Rexroth’s ctrlX platform took three years to develop, and uses EtherCat rather than SERCOS to communicate. It uses a Linux operating system and open standards, and can be programmed in a range of languages like C++ and Python.
With a range of apps that can be combined in limitless ways, ctrlX is for IoT as well as machine controls. The new drives are half the size of earlier models. Web-based configuration allows users to configure options without technical expertise.
The new safety systems have response times of as little as 4 milliseconds, the fastest available. Tablets and smartphones are all you need to run the systems. It’s ready for 5G, too — Rexroth teamed up with Qualcomm to demonstrate synchronized activity with time sensitive networking.
The whole package is a completely new approach to motion control.
Rexroth expects to begin shipping the new system in April of 2020, and is committed to supporting it until 2045, at least. But what about your current support and service needs? Will you wait until ctrlX is ready even though you need an upgrade now?
You might be surprised to learn that most Rexroth components, even the early ones under the Indramat label, can be refurbished or repaired. Instead of replacing your Rexroth drive, servo, or control, you can opt for factory repair. Your component will come back to you good as new — sometimes even better.
You can receive a new warranty for up to 24 months. That’s enough time to make decisions about the platform you want for the future. There’s no need to select a platform that might be obsolete in a matter of months. You can keep your current Rexroth electric motion control systems in service till you’re ready to make the switch.