In 2018 Vectioneer took on a huge challenge for Thomas Regout International, a company that produces high-end linear guide rails. Their main production machine is a unique and very complex hydraulically driven flying punch machine that can punch and cut steel rails at incredible speed and accuracy.
The existing control system consisted of many specialized hardware, software end electronics components that were very hard to maintain. This was replaced by system of EtherCAT i/o devices and a Central Embedded Controller. All the complexity of the system was moved into software, reducing the number of different hardware components by more than half.
The complete system is running on a 4 Core Atom Embedded Controller and is based on MOTORCORTEX. The Control System controls the servo hydraulic horizonal motion of the flying punch and the 20 hydraulic servo rams for the punches.