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Check Out Our Servo Products Datasheet October 16, 2012

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Applied Motion Products is pleased to announce the release of a new, 16 page Servo Products Datasheet.  This colorful brochure details our broad servo system offering, with M and V series motors ranging from 50 to 750 watts of continuous output power and both AC and DC powered drives from our popular BLu and SV lines.  All motors include precision incremental encoder feedback. Drives can be operated in torque, velocity or positioning modes, can execute stored Q or Si programs, as well as streaming commands delivered over RS-232, RS-485, Ethernet, EtherNet/IP and CANopen communication interfaces. All systems include easy to use set up and tuning software at no cost.

Applied Motion Products Servo Products Catalog

Applied Motion Products Servo Products Catalog

Popular accessories include extension cables, break out boards, regeneration clamps and communication adapters.

For more information on the Servo Products from Applied Motion Products, click on the link below-

http://www.servo2go.com/search.php?search=Quick Tuner&D=PROD

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Galil DMC-4080 Helps Guide Remote Controlled Vehicle Used in Hyper-Realistic Military Training September 26, 2012

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There’s a big lump in the throat of the infantryman as he sees the dented, dirty sedan quickly approaching the checkpoint after exiting the bomb-riddled village and well-known terrorist stronghold.  With his M-16 poised and adrenaline rushing, he peers in to identify the driver behind the dusty windshield.  Is this the enemy?  Are these civilians?

A warning shot is fired, but the car speeds up, and shots to flatten the tires are not slowing this maniac down.  The soldier fires again.  This time, the windshield bursts and blood splatters from the driver’s forehead as the sedan screeches to a halt.

For the infantryman, he can breathe a sigh of relief.  Not only for a job well done, but because he also knows that the village and enemy combatant isn’t real—no matter how real it all seemed at the time.

The sedan is primarily made of hardened foam.  The enemy is a dummy—literally.  Even the blood isn’t real

They’re all props set up by Strategic Operations, Inc. (STOPS), a San Diego-based company specializing in creating Hyper-Realistic™ training environments for military, law enforcement and homeland security operations.  Since 2002, the company has provided such training to over 450,000 Marines, soldiers, sailors and Coast Guard personnel to prepare them for the battlefields of Iraq, Afghanistan and other hostile places.

“Our company uses movie-industry special effects along with actual military tactics, and provides everything you can think of to re-create wartime environments with hyper-realistic scenarios.  This includes props ranging from full-out villages, buildings and vehicles to live actors and realistic dummies with all the fake blood, guts and weaponry.  The purpose is to train the military by placing them in action-packed, real-life combat situations so they can respond quickly and without panic, and be prepared and sensitized for any battlefield situation,” said Kit Lavell, Executive Vice-President of STOPS.

There appears to be no limits when it comes to the level of “hyper” realism.  For example, to simulate the horror of combat wounds, the company has employed amputee actors who will wear prosthetic limbs designed to fly off with “blood” spurting when they are shot or blown-up.

“Participants (trainees) so willingly suspend disbelief that they become totally immersed and, eventually, stress inoculated,” Lavell adds.

Adding to this realism is STOPS’ Ballistic Unmanned Ground Vehicle (BUGV) used for preparing soldiers for live-fire vehicle check point/entry control point scenarios, for sniper training, and for dealing with vehicles that have been converted into mobile bombs.  It features an expendable lightweight foam body that can be designed and formed to simulate a sedan, taxi, bongo or pickup truck and more.  It rests on a ballistic steel frame capable of holding up against a barrage of real .50 caliber bullets.

Of course, no live driver sits in the BUGV; just hyper realistic foam mannequins of all nationalities.  Real people, of course, are employed to operate the vehicle via a sophisticated remote control device, with key driving functions managed by a DMC-4080 8-axis Ethernet motion controller from Galil Motion Control, Rocklin, CA.  The controller also incorporates two Galil D3040 4-axis, 500W drives with each capable of operating at voltages between 20V and 80V.

Three of the axes of the Galil controller control the steering, shifting and throttle actions, while a fourth axis is used for additional steering requirements. Another axis is used for controlling a machine gun mounted inside the vehicle and which fires blanks at the trainees.  The remaining three axes are reserved for testing and other features. STOPS uses some of the controller input/output (I/O) to operate relays that energize such functions as the ignition or turn signals.

A key factor why STOPS specified the Galil controller is its ability to function with utmost reliability inside a vehicle subject to extremely harsh conditions, like wide-ranging temperatures of -10°C to 65°C; dusty, loose and uneven terrain; real ammunition and explosives; and chemicals.

For STOPS, failure is not an option with the controller.

“The overall robustness of the Galil controller is impressive,” said Lavell, who liked how the Tell Torque feature of the DMC-4080 takes readings from the motor of the BUG-V to determine the harshness of the terrain it is on, and then delivers its findings to the remote control “driver” so he can either ease down or rev up the engine accordingly.

Other Galil features play significant roles in operating the BUGV, such as the Homing Routine and Limits feature which allows for safe power-up of the vehicle and re-centering of the wheels for each training session.

“We also use Galil’s Position Tracking Mode to send position data streams from the host to the four axes used for driving the BUGV.  The data throughput is excellent, with no issues, no latency,” said Lavell.

STOPS engineers found the native Galil programming language easy-to-use, which helped enable them to incorporate several safety routines into the operating system.  For example, whenever the controller does not receive a data stream, it goes into a fail-safe routine that brings the vehicle to a stop.

The BUGV is proving to be an effective way to prepare soldiers for combat in urban environments.  Officially referred to as “Military Operations on Urbanized Terrain” or MOUT, these are military actions planned and conducted on a terrain complex where man-made construction such as residences and buildings, along with increased population (as opposed to rural areas), affects the tactical options available to the commander.

“A checkpoint in Afghanistan is a typical MOUT scenario,” explained Lavell.  “When a vehicle approaches, the Rules of Engagement go into effect.  If the vehicle doesn’t respond to a warning shot within a certain number of meters, then there is an escalation of the response: first, fire a warning, then shoot the tires, then shoot the engine block, and then shoot the occupant.  This is quite challenging to train for because in the field the aspect ratio of the approaching vehicle is difficult to judge.  The Hyper-Realistic training simulation using the BUGV helps the training solder see what the approaching vehicle looks like at 300 meters, then 200 meters, then 100 meters and closer.”

It turns out that having the increased use of a training vehicle like the BUGV doesn’t just train soldiers to become more effective fighters, it also helps to increase their own survivability.  According to the Defense Science Board, the probability of being a casualty decreases significantly after the first few “decisive combats.”

Typically, STOPS takes a week’s time to customize a MOUT training system, including re-creating enemy villages.  “We can create real environments that look like any place in the world, such as in Afghanistan or Iraq.  The buildings and villages are not only realistic, they are modular so they can quickly be built and re-built after they’ve been shot or blown up,” said Lavell.

For more information on the Galil DMC-4080 Controller, click on the link below-

http://www.servo2go.com/product.php?ID=101658

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New Family of Servo Drives designed for Mobile Electric Vehicle Platforms September 11, 2012

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Servo2Go has recently expanded its line of Electric Vehicle Servo Drives from Advanced Motion Controls of Camarillo, CA.

Electric Vehicle Controller from Advanced Motion Controls

Electric Vehicle Controller from Advanced Motion Controls

The M/V™ series motor controllers are fully functional, four-quadrant servo drives purpose designed and built to operate today’s modern mobile electric vehicular platforms.  Specific applications include: mobile robots, AGV’s, UGV’s, material handling and transport vehicles in both industrial and military environments.  Providing high power from battery supplies with multiple operating modes, IP65 rating and compact design for either permanent magnet brushed or brushless motors, propels this motor controlling series ahead.  Whether for traction / propulsion, steering, lifting or any other electrically driven actuation such as compressors, winches and hoists, the M/V™ series is the newest member in a long line of successful motor controlling solutions from ADVANCED Motion Controls.

For more information on the M/V™ series motor controllers from Advanced Motion Controls, click on the link below-

http://www.servo2go.com/search.php?search=electric vehicle&D=PROD

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Galil Controller Used to Help Paraplegic Surgeon Perform Operations Again July 24, 2012

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Every so often, Galil is given the opportunity to support an application that can truly change the life of others. This last spring, Galil was contacted by a group of students from the University of Wisconsin asking for us to help them create SPOT. SPOT, which stands for “Standing Paraplegic Omni-directional Transport” is a project aimed to help Dr. Garret Cuppels, a 37-year-old orthopedic surgeon, return to the emergency room after a tragic fall in 2010 that damaged the thoracic region of his spine and left him paralyzed from the waist down. Since the SPOT device is to be used in the emergency room it had a specific set of requirements that other standard wheel chairs could not satisfy:

  • That it could comfortably place Dr. Cupples in a standing position leaving his arms free to perform surgical tasks.
  • That the design was small and extremely mobile; specifically, that the device could “side-step” or move left or right.
  • That the system be easily controlled via joystick.
  • Lastly, that brakes on each of the four wheels be automatically turned on when the device is not in use

These requirements drove the University of Wisconsin team to utilize the unique properties of Mecanum wheels1 and to seek out Galil’s small, easy-to-use, and flexible DMC-4143 four-axis motion controller. The operator of SPOT will control the vehicle using a simple joystick. The joystick outputs two 0-5V analog signals proportional to how far the user is pushing the joystick either left-and-right and up-and-down. The analog signals are connected into two of the 8 available 12-bit analog inputs on the DMC motion controller. The DMC-4143 is programed to jog each of the four Mecanum wheels motors different directions and speeds depending on this simple operator input.

The multithreaded capabilities of Galil’s products allow both analog signals to be read simultaneously allowing the jog speeds for each motor to be updated in ultra-tight loops. The team also utilized four of the 8 opto-isolated digital outputs to control the brakes. A single command, the BW (brake wait) command, is issued which automatically enables the brakes when the motors are turned off—an important safety requirement for the application.

The team’s use of engineering to assist another in need has beckoned industry wide support and national attention. The SPOT project was recently featured on WGN news which can be viewed at  http://youtu.be/ipNWTfnqVV0. As the team continues to move forward on their application they continue to receive both help from Galil Support Team and from other industry leaders. To follow the team’s progress or to make a contribution, go to the SPOT’s website at http://bmedesign.engr.wisc.edu/websites/project.php?id=464

or their sponsorship page here  http://www.fundly.com/uwbiomedicalengineeringdesign.

Galil owes a special thanks to the University of Wisconsin Team for allowing us to be involved with their project to help get Dr. Cupples back in the ER. Thank you Professor Amit Nimunkar, Michael Konrath, Bret Olson, Justin Cacciatore, Blake Marzella, and James Madsen.

For more information on the motion controls from Galil Motion Control, click on the link below:

http://www.servo2go.com/supplier.php?id=1031080104

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AMC Release Family of Single Phase AC Digital Servo Drives May 16, 2012

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Advanced Motion Controls of Camarillo, CA is pleased to announce the release of 13 new Single Phase AC Digitial Servo Drives to its broad range of high-performance low-cost Servo Amplifier Product Family.

Advanced Motion Controls Single Phase Input AC Servo Amplifiers

Advanced Motion Controls Single Phase Input AC Servo Amplifiers

Single phase power requirements are common in the following industries:

  • Medical
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Packaging
  • Entertainment
  • Lab Automation

AMC’s new DP Single Phase AC Input Amplifiers feature:

  • Smaller footprint vs. 3 Phase models
  • Reduced cost
  • Built-in shunt regulator
  • RMS current limiting compatible
  • 100BASE-T compatible
  • CANopen, EtherCAT and SynqNet models
  • DC supply input with no derating

For more information on the AMC Single Phase AC Input Servo Drive Product Family, click on the link below:

http://www.servo2go.com/search.php?search=015S400&D=PROD

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2-Minute Video: How to Connect a Galil Controller to Ethernet May 16, 2012

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 2-Minute Video: How to Connect a Galil Controller to Ethernet

This instructional video shows how to easily connect a Galil controller to Ethernet. Video demonstrates how to assign an IP address and connect to the Ethernet using GalilSuite software. >> Watch video

Information Galil’s Ethernet Motion Controllers can be found at-
http://www.servo2go.com/search.php?search=Stand-Alone%20Motion%20Controller&D=PROD

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Galil Adds New Features to its Popular DMC-30000 Pocket Motion Controller May 2, 2012

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Galil DMC-30000 Pocket Motion Controller

Galil DMC-30000 Pocket Motion Controller

Greenville, DE —  Servo2Go.com announces the release of the new Galil DMC-30017 single-axis controller with microstepping drive and also the DMC-31xxx option which includes a 16-bit ADC and accepts sinusoidal encoders.  

DMC-30017 Pocket Motion Controller with 6A/phase microstepping drive
Galil’s DMC-30000 Pocket Motion Controller Series includes the DMC-30012 which combines a single-axis motion controller and 800W brushed/brushless sine drive in a single, compact package.  Now, Galil introduces the DMC-30017 controller/drive package for stepper motors.  The DMC-30017 contains a microstepping drive for operating a two-phase bipolar stepper motor.  The drive produces 256 microsteps per full step or 1024 steps per full cycle which results in 51,200 steps/rev for a standard 200-step motor.  The maximum step rate generated by the controller is 3,000,000 microsteps/second.  The DMC-30017 drives motors operating at up to 6 Amps at 20 to 80 VDC.  There are four software-selectable current settings: 0.75A, 1.5A, 3 A, and 6A.  A selectable low-current mode reduces the current by 75% when the motor is not in motion.  The DMC-30017 is compact, measuring  3.9″ x 5.0″ x 1.5″,  and no external heat sink is required.

The new DMC-30017 is $745US in single quantity and $480US/ea in 100 quantities.  It is available for shipment now.

DMC-31xxx Option for 16-bit ADC and Sinusoidal Encoder Input
The DMC-31xxx model increases the ADC resolution from 12-bits to 16-bits and provides +/-10V configurable analog inputs, and provides an option for accepting sinusoidal encoder signals instead of digital encoder signals.  The DMC-31xxx interpolates a 1-volt differential sinusoidal encoder resulting in a higher position resolution.  The AFn command selects sinusoidal interpolation where n specifies 2n interpolation counts per encoder cycle (n=5 to 12).  For example, if the encoder cycle is 40 microns, AF10 results in 210=1024 counts per cycle, or a resolution of 39 nanometers per count.

The DMC-31xxx model increases the price of the DMC-30xxx by $100US in single quantity and $65US/ea in 100 quantities.  For example, the DMC-31012 is $795 in single quantity.  

Information Galil’s DMC-30000 Pocket Motion Controller can be found at-
http://www.servo2go.com/product.php?ID=105334

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Tips for Using Voice Coil Motors with Galil Controllers May 2, 2012

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Voice Coil Motor

Voice Coil Motor

This new application note describes the connection of a H2W Technologies voice coil positioning stage to a Galil motion controller and amplifier.  An overview of technology is presented along with techniques for tuning the system and optimizing performance.  Benefits of using voice coil motors include: high bandwidth,  precise positioning in a compact size, force control capability, and high reliability & low maintenance.  >> Read application note

Information on the Galil Product Family can be found at-
http://www.servo2go.com/supplier.php?id=1031080104

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Digital Servo Amplifiers for Embedded Applications April 24, 2012

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Greenville, DE—   Servo2Go.com announces the release of the DZRALTE Series of High Performance Digital Servo Drives from Advanced Motion Controls of Camarillo, CA, which are engineered to conquer the most demanding industrial applications!

Advanced Motion Control DZRALTE Servo Amplifier

Advanced Motion Control DZRALTE Servo Amplifier

The DZRALTE Series are digital servo drives that control brushed & brushless servomotors in a compact form factor which make them ideal for embedded applications.  These fully digital drives operate in torque, velocity, or position mode and employ Space Vector Modulation (SVM) which results in higher bus voltage utilization and reduced heat dissipation compared to traditional PWM drives.  The command source can be generated internally or can be supplied externally.   In addition to motor control, these drives feature dedicated and programmable digital and analog inputs and outputs to enhance interfacing with external controllers and devices.

The DZRALTE Series feature a RS-232 interface for drive configuration and setup as well as a RS-485 interface for drive networking.   All drive and motor parameters are stored in non-volatile memory.   Drive commissioning is accomplished using AMC’s powerful & user friendly free DriveWare software.

The combination of a DigiFlex® Performance™ DZRALTE servo drive with its DriveWare software establishes a new benchmark in versatility!   Capabilities built into the DZRALTE servo drives include:

  • SizeRange:  10-175 VDC Input, 6A cont.(60A peak) @ 10-175 VDC Output Models
  • Full tuning control of all three servo loops: Position, Velocity and Torque
  • Real-time oscilloscope with up to 8 channels to ensure that tuning achieves the highest performance
  • Status window with over 50 simultaneous channels for drive and system diagnostics
  • I/O configuration configurable to latch/non-latch as well as active-high & active-low
  • Universal servo motor compatibility by means of automatic commutation adjustment
  • DualLoopFeedback – Increases both stability and accuracy 

Additional information on the DZRALTE Series Servo Amplifiers can be found at- http://www.servo2go.com/search.php?search=DZRALTE&D=PROD

A Press Release on the DZRALTE Series Servo Amplifiers can be found at- http://www.servo2go.com/news.php?id=97

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Video: Connecting to a Galil Ethernet Motion Controller March 22, 2012

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In this video we discuss good networking practices for connecting to Galil’s motion controllers and PLC devices using Ethernet. Follow our step-by-step example where we connect to a Accelera series, DMC-4040, 4-axis motion controller by setting a Static IP address in Windows 7 and using Galil’s latest software package, GalilSuite, to communicate.

Click on the link below to view the video-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LJPOXuq4z0&feature=digest_sat

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Galil’s Product Family

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