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Advantech ARK Series Robotic Arm Controller Solutions Streamline Real-Time Operations and Enhance Productivity


Advantech, a leading provider of AIoT platforms and services, has released a domain-focused package of robotic arm controllers — the ARK-1221L, ARK-1250L, and ARK-3534D. These controllers, part of the ARK series, offer outstanding performance, a compact form factor, real-time capabilities, support for industry-standard protocols, and advanced analytics. They are tailored to address the demands of the rapidly expanding robotic arm market. By using these controllers, businesses can streamline their operations, boost productivity, and gain a competitive edge in the industrial and automation sectors.

Cutting-Edge Designs for Robotic Arm Applications 

Our robotic arm controllers are setting a new benchmark in the field of robotic arm control systems by delivering unparalleled performance, reliability, and adaptability. Featuring a compact DIN-rail form factor, they are ideal for space-constrained industrial environments. This innovative design ensures seamless integration into existing setups, enhancing productivity and reducing installation time. Equipped with real-time capabilities and built-in EtherCAT support, our controllers offer lightning-fast communication and precise synchronization for optimal performance. They enable smooth and efficient control of robotic arms, enabling them to handle complex tasks with utmost accuracy and speed. Furthermore, these controllers are compatible with a wide range of industrial protocols. With support for industry-standard protocols, including EtherCAT, these controllers seamlessly integrate into existing industrial ecosystems, eliminating compatibility issues and simplifying the implementation process.

Accelerating Application Deployment with Robotic Arm Software Packages 

The ARK-1221L, ARK-1250L, and ARK-3534D Robotic Arm Controllers offer compatibility with both Windows and Linux-based software packages, allowing customers to choose the one that best suits their specific robot arm application requirements.

Windows-Based: Codesys is a software development platform used for programming and developing applications for industrial automation. It is widely used in the field of programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and other industrial control systems. It supports multiple communication protocols commonly used in industrial automation, such as Modbus, CANopen, OPC UA, EtherCAT, and many others. This ensures seamless integration with other devices and systems in an industrial environment. Furthermore, Codesys operates seamlessly on the Windows 10 IoT Enterprise 21H2 platform, offering enhanced security through lockdown features. Additionally, it leverages the Advantech PowerSuite to simplify system configuration

Linux-Based: Intel® Edge Control for Industrial (ECI) is a software platform developed by Intel specifically for industrial edge computing. It provides a comprehensive suite of tools and capabilities to enable the development, deployment, and management of edge applications in industrial settings. It is compatible with Ubuntu LTS, a reliable, secure, and versatile environment well-suited for mission-critical applications.

The ARK-series Robotic Arm Controllers are available now. For more information or to inquire about availability, please contact your local sales support team or visit our website at

Entry-Level Din-Rail Controller -- ARK-1221L 

  •  2 x Intel® GbE with TSN support and 2 x RS-232/422/485 
  • Dual independent displays with 1 x 4K HDMI and 1 x 4K DP for Control Panel integration 
  • 2 x USB 3.2 and 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x internal USB 2.0 for security dongle 
  • 12V ~ 28V wide range power input, -40 ~ 60°C extended operating temperature range

Performance-Grade Din-Rail Controller – ARK-1250L

  • 3 x Intel® GbE with TSN support, 4x RS-232/422/485 
  • 3 x USB 3.2 and 3 x USB 2.0, dual independent displays with one 4K HDMI and one VGA for Control Panel integration 
  • 3 Expansion slots: M.2 E-Key 2230, M.2 B-Key 2280, 1 x Full-size mSATA shared with 1 x  mPCIe slot for Wireless Features and AI accelerator module 
  • 12V ~ 24V wide range power input, -40 ~ 60°C extended operating temperature

Expandable Controller – ARK-3534

  •  Triple independent displays: HDMI + HDMI + Optional Display
  • Supports up to 4GbE with TSN , 8 x USB, 8 x COM, 16-bit DIO, 2 x CAN Bus, TPM 2.0
  • Expansion option, PCIe x16, PCIe x4, & PCI for GPU, I/O Cards 
  • Up to 3 x 2.5" hard drive bays, supporting Intel® SW RAID
  • 9-36 VDC wide range power input, -40 ~ 60°C extended operating temperature range