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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-

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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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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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How to Calculate Motor Torque Constant April 3, 2012

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The torque constant, Kt, of a motor is a very useful parameter for sizing and controlling motors showing a linear speed / torque relationship.  Both DC brush type and brushless motors exhibit this linear performance curve relationship.

Servo2Go's Brushless Servo Motor Family

Servo2Go's Brushless Servo Motor Family

Without getting into theoretical detail, Kt is simply the slope of the torque / current curve of a motor.   The units of the constant are found in torque units per amp. (e.g. N-m/amp, oz-in/amp, etc.) Kt can be useful in both design and application.  Looking at the current in the system the designer or control system can calculate the actual torque output of the motor during operation.  This can be used in a variety of ways.  It allows the designer to understand the actual load that is seen in the application and understand if the optimal motor for the application is being used.   On the control side, a control can be set up with a current limit to ensure that the mechanical system is not over loaded or it can be used to assure that the motor does not overheat during use.  

Additionally, Kt is used in torque mode applications to maintain a controlled amount of torque to meet the application needs.  Example:  The power source for the application allows for the motor to draw a maximum current of 10 amps. Based on the design, you need to drive a maximum load of 10N-m. What is the minimum Kt needed for this application?

It should be noted that the parameter Kt is not related to the voltage under which the motor is operated.   If you use the motor at 12VDC or 24VDC this constant will remain the same.  This attribute of the motor is very useful as the motor is used in a motion control system.   The overall torque output of the DC motor system is maintained by monitoring current while the motor’s speed output is varied by controlling the voltage into the motor.

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Servo2Go’s Servo Motor Product Family

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Linear Stepper Motors Offer Large Driving Forces at Cost Effective Price March 3, 2012

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Nippon Pulse’s linear stepper series provides a simple motion system at a fraction of the cost of conventional rotary stepper motors and traditional linear motion systems. Our LINEARSTEP® series are permanent magnet type stepper motors that enable linear motions without the need for external transformers. The LINEARSTEP® series offers a wide range of customizable options, including various screw pitches, screw lengths, bipolar or unipolar windings, and several operating voltages.
Nippon Pulse Linear Stepper Motor
Because of its ball bearing support and strong motor case, the LINEARSTEP® series provides you with durability and a long operating life. With an enhanced Neodymium rotor magnet, the LINEARSTEP® series also offers a large driving force, up to 39.5N at 200pps. These linear motors can be controlled and driven by the same electronics used for rotary stepper motors.

Features of Nippon Pulse’s Linear Stepper Motors include:

• Two motor sizes, 25mm and 35mm
• Bipolar and Unipolar windings
• Three thread pitches (0.48mm, 0.96mm, 1.20mm)
• 30mm and 60mm effective stroke lengths
• 12V and 5V coil ratings
• 24 or 48 steps per revolution
• Forces between 8N and 39.5N (at 200pps)
• Travel per step between 0.01mm and 0.05mm
• Step angles of 7.5° and 15°
• Rated current between 0.10A/F and 0.42A/F

Typical applications include:

• Microtiting tables
• XY stages
• Liquid dispensing devices
• Medical pumps
• Analysis machines
• Control valves
• Semiconductor wafer handling machines
• Data storage recorders
• Industrial Laser Welding
• Medical Device Welding
• Printing equipment

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The Nippon Pulse LINEARSTEP® series can be used in a wide range of applications, including biomedical handling and liquid dispensing. In this video, you can see two Nippon Pulse linear stepper motors, on one long shaft, being used as a test tube handler. Also included on this demo unit is a Nippon Pulse geared stepper motor.

 

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Nippon Pulse’s Linear Stepper Motors

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Key Benefits of Galil’s High Performance Controller & Drive Products December 11, 2011

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A common shortcut with single axis controller/drive combinations is to use a single control loop (and processor) to handle both the Position Control Loop (ie: PID loop) and the Amplifier Current loop. Galil separates these two loops onto different hardware and therefore optimizes each of them for the highest system performance. For instance, on the DMC-30012 and -D3540 sinusoidal amplifiers, the current loop is closed at a 33kHz sample rate that gives a fast response and tight control of the current going to the motor. It allows a high closed loop frequency response of 3-4kHz. This frees the controller processor for closing the position loop as well as running programs and processing commands. This two-loop architecture allows Galil to be extremely responsive and highly accurate on many different types of servo systems.

Software Adjustable Settings to Interface to Many Different Servo Systems
Galil is able to achieve precise control over many different types of servo motors – (both brush and brushless) by allowing software-selectable control loop parameters (ie: PID) and amplifier current loop parameters. For instance, the gain of the amplifier is selectable using the AG command. This can be set for small, medium, or large motors and determines how much current is delivered to the motor. In addition, the controller’s AU command allows the user to adjust the current loop gain high or low. A high current loop gain is good for motors with large inductance values. On rare occasions, a very specific current loop setting is needed. Galil offers the capability of further customizing the controller/amplifier settings at the factory in order to precisely match a user’s servo system.

Sinusoidal Commutation for Smooth Motion
For the smoothest mechanical output of a brushless servo motor (linear and rotary), sinusoidal commutation is the best method for minimizing torque ripple. On standard trapezoidal-based commutation, a small amount of torque ripple occurs when switching from one phase to the next. On some servo motor systems, this torque ripple affects the smoothness of motion and may have an audible component such as a “ticking” sound when transitioning between phases. Sinusoidal commutation comes standard on the DMC-30012 single axis controller and drive and is available as the -D3540 amplifier on multi-axis systems.

Easy Setup and Integration
Several methods are available to commutate a brushless motor with the Galil sinusoidal drives. A short initialization procedure on power-up uses minimal motion and allows the controller to commutate a brushless motor using only the encoder feedback. This eliminates the need for Hall sensors. Removing the Hall sensors helps reduce cost and space of a motor while also making wiring and system setup easier. For systems where gravity or a constant force is present, Hall sensors may be required for proper commutation. On these systems, the controller can use them to initialize by simply moving past the first Hall transition.

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Galil Product Information 

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Brush-Commutated DC Motors Deliver Smooth-Running Performance and Quiet Operation February 1, 2011

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Pittman Series 8300 brush-commutated DC motors offer smooth-running performance and quiet operation in a powerful small package. These 26-mm motors ideally suit medical/biotech and other applications requiring high performance, long life, and reliability.

Pittman DC Motors

This family of iron core DC motors incorporates bonded neodymium iron boron magnets, providing economical alternatives to coreless products. Key motor features include seven-slot skewed armatures for reduced cogging, resin-impregnated windings for enhanced reliability, and diamond-turned commutators for maximum brush life.

The motors are available in three lengths (1.798, 1.923, and 2.173 in.) and can provide continuous torque output up to 3.17 oz-in, peak torque up to 20 oz-in, and speeds up to 9,000 RPM.

An innovative cartridge brush assembly can serve to reduce audible and electrical noise and significantly improve brush life by maintaining optimum brush force throughout the life of the motor. Motor products can additionally be customized with optical encoders, custom cables, shaft modifications, shaft-mounted pulleys and gears, ball bearings, RFI suppression components, and other options to satisfy specific application requirements.

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http://www.servo2go.com/search.php?search=model 832&D=PROD

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Free Downloadable ‘Smart Motion Cheat Sheet’ January 20, 2010

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To assist engineers with the sizing and selection of the proper motor/drive system, Servo2Go provides a FREE Downloadable Smart Motion Cheat Sheet.

The Smart Motion Cheat Sheet was created to provide the system designer the information most commonly used to properly determine the torque at speed required by a given application and to give some guidelines for selecting the most appropriate motor-drive system to deliver that required torque at speed. 

The Smart Motion Cheat Sheet can be downloaded from the following webpage-

http://www.servo2go.com/information.php?menu=TS

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Free Servo Motor & Drive Sizing and Selection Software January 13, 2010

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To assist engineers with the sizing and selection of the proper motor/drive system, Servo2Go offers a Free Servo Motor & Drive Sizing and Selection Software.Motioneering Software

Motioneering Motor/Drive Sizing & Selection Software assists in system sizing and selection based on your predefined input parameters, and generates you a printed detailed report of it¹s recommendations.  Application mechanisms that can be selected include: leadscrew, rack and pinion, conveyor, nip rolls, spindles and direct drive rotary and linear devices.  Motion profiles include simple triangle, trapezoidal and custom built for flexibility in the number and type of segments defined. Product selection includes over 500 systems.  Information can be imported and exported and reports can be printed.

MOTIONEERING® is a Windows®-based Software that:

  • Lets the engineer choose an application
  • Define a motion profile
  • Select the optimum servomotor, amplifier and power supply
  • Its database of motor types includes DC servo, brushless servo, direct drive linear, direct drive rotary and vector AC

The software can be downloaded at-

http://www.servo2go.com/information.php?menu=TS

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Popular Motion Control Terminology January 11, 2010

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This concise 2pg Application Note defines many of the most popular Motion Control Terms used today.

http://www.servo2go.com/support/files/Motion%20Control%20Terminology%20S2G%20version.pdf

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