C-887.53x Hexapod Motion Controller with EtherCAT

Control a 6-Axis Positioning System via Fieldbus Interface

C-887.53x EtherCAT
Synchronous clock for entire automation line
Synchronous motion in 6 axes
Cycle time 1 ms
Commanding in Cartesian coordinates
Analog interface and motion stop option

Digital controller with EtherCAT® fieldbus interface

Can be integrated seamlessly into automation systems in industry and research. Performs coordinate transformation for parallel kinematics. Motion controller for hexapod (6-axis parallel kinematics) with DC motors and two additional axes.

Customer requires a higher-level PLC control for position commanding and feedback in Cartesian coordinates (EtherCAT master with CoE protocol).

Supported operating modes

Reference move of the hexapod to the mid-position of all six axes. Absolute positioning in six Cartesian axes. Cyclic position commanding via PLC for synchronization with further automation components.

Operation without PLC master via TCP/IP or RS-232 is possible. The controller then has the same functionality as the C-887.52x. Commanding of the hexapod is then done directly via the PI GCS.


Position input via Cartesian coordinates, coordinate transformation handled by the controller. To simplify integration of the hexapod, the reference system (Work, Tool) can be quickly and easily changed. The real-time operating system prevents jitter and therefore guarantees constantly low response times. Motion is vectored. Stable, virtual pivot point can be freely defined in space. Data recorder for recording operating parameters such as motor control, velocity, position or position errors. Macro command language. An autostart macro allows stand-alone operation. Connection of external input devices (HID) such as manual control unit. The controller supports motor brakes and absolute-measuring sensors with BiSS interface.


EtherCAT® fieldbus interface. Ethernet for remote control and remote maintenance. RS-232. USB connection for external input devices (HID).

Additional interfaces

  • Motion Stop: The supply voltage of the hexapod drive can be switched off using the external switch connected to the controller. The sensor technology remains active so that position information continues to be available and a reference move is not necessary when the drive is reactivated.
  • Analog inputs


  • Control via manual control unit
  • Collision checking for restricted space with PIVeriMove software

Extensive software for commanding the hexapod directly

PIMikroMove user software. Common command set for all PI positioning systems. Dynamic libraries for Windows and Linux. Complete set of LabVIEW VI’s. Graphical user interfaces, configuration software and graphically displayed scan routines.

Scope of Delivery

The order is made together with suitable hexapod mechanics. The scope of delivery includes the hexapod, controller with software package, cable set, and power supply. A PLC master controller is not in the scope of delivery!


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PI Datasheet C-887.53x

Hexapod Motion Controller with EtherCAT, control a 6-Axis Positioning System via Fieldbus Interface
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C-887 3D Model

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