New scan system control board with Ethernet interface from Scanlab


scan-system-control-board-ethernet-interface-simpler-industrial-connectivity-flexible-control-reduces-costs-P431187SCANLAB AG is launching an Ethernet-based product for its proven lineup of RTC controller boards. The new board allows laser-marking-system producers in particular to profit from significantly lowered manufacturing costs for individual workstations, while also providing users with straightforward industrial connectivity.

SCANLAB’s field-proven RTC 4 PCI control boards enjoy considerable market success – as evidenced by over 20,000 units sold since product introduction. Core standard features include 16-bit position resolution and support for the widely used XY2-100 standard / enhanced protocol. The latter allows flexible control of scan systems from diverse manufacturers. Optional functionality can be activated for controlling a third axis (3D), processing moving objects (processing-on-the-fly) or simultaneously controlling two scan heads.

The RTC4 product family now gets a new member: the fully industry-suited RTC 4 Ethernet. This new control board extends proven functionality through real-world advantages. Unlike the USB-based RTC 4 SCANalone board driver installation isn’t needed anymore and direct network connectivity eliminates cable-length restrictions.

By placing this new control board in their laser marking machines, system manufacturers can obtain a major cost advantage. A machine’s design no longer requires fixed integration of an industrial PC, which in turn reduces system size and thus lowers shipping and logistics costs too. Control and operation are carried out flexibly over the Ethernet. This allows customers to further automate production, and spatially decouples the processing itself from the control of those processes.

The RTC 4 Ethernet board offers the same add-on options as the RTC 4 PCI board. Multiple Ethernet boards and scan systems can be connected to a network.