Hexapods in Mechanical Engineering

If multi-axis systems are required for positioning tasks in mechanical engineering, parallel-kinematic systems, so-called hexapods, are frequently used. Areas of application include, for example, handling systems in electronics production, tool control in precision machine tools, for drilling and milling, or for mounting tasks in vehicle, aircraft, or heavy equipment construction.

Adaptable and Flexible

The parent PLC or CNC can communicate with the hexapod system over a standardized real-time Ethernet interface. It then acts just like an intelligent drive. Of course, the hexapod controller can also act as master for position control. In this case, however, the motion cannot be synchronized with other drive axes, measuring systems, etc.


Jerk-limited trajectory planning ensures that the hexapod system workpiece or tool can be moved with the highest precision and without causing the mechanics to oscillate.