Apollo III Motion Controller

Summary of videoThis three-minute video gives a general overview of our

, walking through the various inputs, outputs, and monitoring ports. Our tech explains the various connections and where they are located on the control unit.

Video Transcript:

0:07 Today I'm going to be giving you an overview of the

. All of the inputs and outputs on the Apollo III use 24-volt DC. This provides noise immunity and stability. Alright, the green screw terminal on the lower end of the Apollo III board is the input terminal block. We have 16 inputs here, X0 through X15. Up here, the C0 plusses are all the 24-volt bus and C0 minuses are the ground bus. We have more grounds here in five-volt sources if you need them. And below here, we have LEDs which give you the state of all of the inputs so you know if they're on or off. The Apollo III board can handle any type of switch, NPN, PNP, or mechanical. This is the output screw terminal.

0:58 We have eight outputs, Y0 through Y7. Number of grounds here. Over here, we have the 24EN which is a 24-enable signal coming from the Apollo III. And we have 24 volts and five volts. And then on this end over here, we have our spindle control. We have zero to ten analog signal, two drive relays, counterclockwise and clockwise, also ground. There are two LEDs down here which are labeled reverse and forward. So whichever direction the spindle is going you can tell. And also down along here, we have status LEDs for all the outputs. The Apollo III is completely closed loop so it brings back encoder feedback from all of the motors to the control. The connections for that are all across here. It can control up to six axis simultaneously. So it's got X, Y, Z and A, B, C. Over here, we've got in another location where you can connect to the spindle control instead of hard wiring it. And we've got spindle encoder feedback. There are also two connections for external MPGs. 

2:05 The Apollo III communicates with control via an ethernet connection. This allows a lot of flexibility as far as where the Apollo 3 in the control can be mounted. Because of the ethernet connection, it increases the resolution that the drives and motors can run at which increases precision and accuracy. The Apollo 3 is powered by 24 volts. Plugs in right here, 24 volts in ground. And this is the emergency stop plug. Whenever the circuit is open, we get an e-stop signal.

2:33 Because the Apollo III is completely closed loop, it means that when an e-stop condition occurs, you don't lose position. The Apollo 1 has a number of status LEDs to help you know the status of the system. This LED here labeled power shows that we have 24-volt power coming to the board. The enable signal here shows that we have enable and the drive enable here designates that the drives are actually enabled. E-stop here, when that is on means that the e-stop circuit is complete so there's no e-stop condition. And then over here on the HiCON[?] board, this is the communication board that actually talks to the control. We have power. Again, the control LED showing that it's in control. And then if there's an error, this will be lit up. Most of the time, they won't be. And this is the CPU control. You'll see that blinking whenever the system has power. 

3:30 Thank you for watching this video and I hope that you had known a little bit more about the MachMotion Apollo III motion controller now. If you like more information about MachMotion or other products, visit us at machmotion.com.