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Design News magazine editors recognize Rexroth’s IndraLogic XLC controllers for their breadth of new functions seamlessly integrated with flexible motion control functions

Design News magazine editors recognize Rexroth’s IndraLogic XLC controllers

Rexroth’s IndraLogic XLC offers new functions, fast real-time communication via Sercos III, and is ideal for a variety of applications.

(Hoffman Estates, IL – ) Design News magazine, a leading mechanical and design engineering publication, recently named Rexroth’s IndraLogic XLC family as a 2011 “Golden Mousetrap Best Product Winner ” in the Automation and Control category.

The magazine announced the winners of its annual best products contest in the March issue and on its website at

Golden Mousetrap Best Product awards were given in four major categories: Electronics and Test; Automation and Control; Design Tools; and Materials and Assembly. For more than 20 years the Design News awards program has recognized engineering innovation and creativity in product design.

Rexroth’s IndraLogic XLC family enables scalable, controller-based and embedded PC solutions in conjunction with the company’s latest IndraControl device platform. Rexroth advanced the PLC programming using state-of-the-art PLC kernel, IndraLogic 2G, integrated homogeneously into the company’s IndraWorks software tool and the multitasking runtime system. This allows users to take advantage of many new functions for creating modular software projects in an end-to-end overall system in less time than before.

Functions include convenient editor tools, object orientation as an extension to IEC 61131-3, and comprehensive function libraries as well as fast compilers for efficient generation of machine codes. The modular GATcompact (Generic Application Template) project template simplifies the process of designing new machines with enhanced software quality while reducing effort considerably.

End-to-end communication between the controller and decentralized system peripherals, such as inputs and outputs or drives, takes place via real-time Ethernet Sercos III. Fast PLC cycles to 250 µs enable optimum response times for handling time-critical process signals. IndraLogic XLC controllers come with versatile motion control functions, integrated into the run-time systems, to enhance the previous IndraLogic systems.

With its motion control functionality, the XLC handles machine applications ranging from simple point-to-point motion to the synchronization of multiple axes that use Rexroth’s FlexProfile to integrate complex motion sequences. The graphical profile editor in the Rexroth IndraWorks software tool offers numerous offline and online functions for this purpose. Master and slave interfaces for PROFINET RT, PROFIBUS and EtherNet/IP are also available, in addition to Sercos III, for integrating into a wide range of communication networks.

“The products highlighted in this year’s Golden Mousetrap winners and finalists clearly demonstrate both cutting-edge design ideas and the practical evolution of technologies for systems and product design engineers,” said Editorial Director David Greenfield. “Design News congratulates all the engineers and their companies who have been recognized with the Golden Mousetrap Award, and we are grateful for their contribution to this year’s competition.”

In addition, Design News named Rexroth’s IndraDrive Cs compact drive as a finalist in its Automation and Control category. That product was also named recently as Control Engineering magazine’s 2011 Engineers’ Choice award winner in the “Machine and Motion Control Servo Drives” category.

Bosch Rexroth AG is one of the world’s leading specialists in the field of drive and control technologies. Under the brand name of Rexroth the company supplies more than 500,000 customers with tailored solutions for driving, controlling and moving. Bosch Rexroth is a partner for industrial applications and factory automation, mobile applications and renewable energy.

As The Drive & Control Company, Bosch Rexroth develops, produces and sells components and systems in more than 80 countries. In 2009 Bosch Rexroth, part of the Bosch Group, achieved sales of around $5.7 billion (4.1 billion Euro) with 34,200 employees.

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