(Power Mate i–H)
2. MULTIPATH CONTROL
If a machine has several sections that operate independently, they can
operate in a group of one or more axes independently of one another under
control of one program. A group of axes that can be controlled by this one
program is called a path.
With the Power Mate i–H, it is possible to specify arbitrarily by program
what axes are to be assigned to what path. If a machine has eight
controllable axes, up to eight paths can be specified by assigning one axis
to each path. Use of eight program commands can make six sections
operate simultaneously, but independently.
In the figure below, the machine operates with four paths, which can be
controlled by one Power Mate i–H unit.
Path 1: Loader; X–axis and Z–axis
Path 2: Unloader; U–axis and W–axis
Path 3: Conveyer 1; A–axis
Path 4: Conveyer 2; B–axis
Loader (path 1)
Unloader (path 2)
Conveyer (path 3) Conveyer (path 4)