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Advanced Motion Controls Expands their EtherCAT Product Offering May 28, 2015

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Camarillo, CA-   ADVANCED Motion Controls announce the release of a full family of high performance EtherCAT Servo Drives.  Models are available with AC (single or three phase) or DC inputs, from 7.5amp continuous (15A pk) to 50amp continuous (100A pk).

ADVANCED Motion Controls provides products for the fastest, most flexible form of industrial Ethernet control – EtherCAT®.  High speed, deterministic control with standard 100 base-T hardware, EtherCAT is industry proven to achieve blazing fast, consistent results in demanding applications.

Extending the popular DigiFlex® Performance™ product line AMC’s EtherCAT communication servo drives provide for multiple feedback devices in a variety of power platforms.  ADVANCED Motion Controls EtherCAT products consist of panel mount and plug-in servo drives to allow for quick prototyping and ease of system integration.  Panel mount DPE drives serve as nodes in single or multi-axis EtherCAT networks, while plug-in DZE/DZS drives utilize AMC’s unique, proprietary high speed multi-axis communication interface and I/O expansion capabilities (‘DxM’™ and ‘DxI/O’™ Technologies).  Now a single EtherCAT node can accommodate a combination of up to 4 axes of motion with 32 digital inputs, 32 digital outputs, 4 analog inputs, and 2 analog outputs each.  The result is a highly integrated high value motion control solution for single or multi-axis applications.  Key features include:

EtherCAT® Network Drives

  • CoE (CANopen over EtherCAT) device profile based on drives and motion control device profile, DSP-402
  • Programmable PDOs allow up to 16 receive and 16 transmit messages per drive per EtherCAT cycle.
  • Watchdog monitor disables the drive when communication is lost.
  • Cycle times down to 100 µs with jitter under 1 µs.
  • Auxiliary USB interface for commissioning and diagnostics.
  • Compatible feedback types: 5V TTL Encoder, 1Vpp Sin/Cos, Heidenhain or EnDat absolute encoders

‘DxM’™ Technology

  • Allows control of up to 4 axes of servo motion from a single node on the EtherCAT network
  • One DZEANTU (node) and up to three DZSANTU (sub-nodes) provide a low-cost multi-axis EtherCAT solution

‘DxI/O’™ Technology

  • Low-cost network I/O expansion solution
  • Up to 70 additional digital and analog I/O points per axis – 280 additional I/O points in a ‘DxM’ configuration
  • All of the expanded I/O accessible via PDOs on the EtherCAT network

Click on the link below for more information on the EtherCAT servo amplifiers from AMC-

https://www.servo2go.com/search.php?search=ethercat&D=PROD

For more information, please contact: EDITORIAL CONTACT:

Warren Osak sales@servo2go.com
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www.servo2go.com

Tags:  Advanced Motion Controls, AMC, Servo2Go, EtherCAT, DxM, DxI/O, Servo Amplifier, Amplifier, PWM Amplifier, Servo Drive

Digital Brushless Servo Drive…Made Simple August 26, 2013

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When you simply need a servo drive, the ElectroCraft CompletePower EA4709 servo drive keeps your innovation moving.  The EA4709 combines the performance and flexibility you’d expect from a digital drive with the ease-of-use and simple set-up of an analog drive, bridging the gap between performance and simplicity.

ElectroCraft EA4709

ElectroCraft EA4709

This four-quadrant brushless DC servo amplifier is fully enclosed in a rugged aluminum case which can be DIN-rail mounted of panel mounted for easy integration.  The drive can be configured in a variety of torque and speed control modes with the mode of operation being set by simple DIP switches.  Both the 9A and 18A versions of this drive have an adjustable current limit and can be powered by the same 9 – 70 VDC range of supply voltage.  The drive is protected against over-current and over-temperature and motor short-circuit and incorporates state of the art MOSFET technology for maximum efficiency. Connectivity is tool-free with RJ45-CAT5 connectors for control/feedback inputs and push-type terminals for supply power and motor connections.

More information on the ElectroCraft EA4709 from Servo2Go can be found at the link below-

http://www.servo2go.com/product.php?ID=105435&cat=

For more information, please contact:

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Warren Osak
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ADVANCED Motion Controls® analog Z-Drives now output nearly 5kW of peak power in a footprint smaller than a smartphone June 26, 2013

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Available immediately are 6 new analog Z-Drive models with increased current output of 60A peak and 30A continuous designed with the same footprint and pin functionality as the previous 40A versions.  These new servo drives provide 50% more power in the same space, making upgrades in power output a simple drop-in replacement.  Included are models compatible with brushed and brushless permanent magnet servo motors, with current and velocity mode operation and options for +/-10V or PWM & Direction commands.

Advanced Motion Controls Z-Drive

Advanced Motion Controls Z-Drive

New Models:  AZ60A8, AZB60A8, AZ60A8DDC, AZBDC60A8, AZBH60A8, AZBE60A8

Z-Drives are plug-in style servo drives from ADVANCED Motion Controls that mount directly to the PCB enabling fully integrated designs while simplifying wiring and installation.  With a total of 72 models now available, Z-Drives come with a long list of options to meet every need including:

  • Digital and analog architectures
  • CANopen, RS232/485 and EtherCAT networks
  • Commands over the network or with I/O
  • Feedback including: TTL Encoders, 1Vp-p Encoders, Absolute Encoders and Hall sensors
  • 6-60A peak and 3-30A continuous
  • 40-175 VDC
  • Extended Environment options

More information on the Z Drives from Advanced Motion Controls can be found at the link below-

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

A copy of this Press Release can be viewed at-

http://www.servo2go.com/news.php?id=111

For more information, please contact:

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Warren Osak
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Tags:   AMC, Advanced Motion Controls, Servo Amplifier, Brushless Amplifier, PCB Amplifier, Servo2Go, BLDC Amplifier

New Servo Indexing Capabilities in latest release of DriveWare®7 Software April 7, 2013

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DriveWare® 7 Release

DriveWare® 7 Software

DriveWare® 7 Software

Advanced Motion Control’s of Camarillo, CA are excited to announce the latest release of their configuration software, DriveWare®7 (DW7).  This latest version introduces significant upgrades in layout and drive control features.  With a cleaner user interface, information rich screens, new icons, customizable toolbars, tab groups, preset themes, Windows XP and 7 compatibility, users will find that configuring their drives is now easier and more precise than ever. DW7 is used to commission, troubleshoot, and integrate all ADVANCED Motion Controls’ Digiflex® Performance™ digital servo drives and is now available for download.

New with DW7

  • New indexing capabilities to create up to 16 unique index tasks by defining position, velocity, and acceleration/deceleration values where indexes can be either Relative or Absolute motion profiles.
  • Servo drives can now store two different configuration settings that include unique Loop Configuration, Gain Set, Command Source and Command Limiter settings simplifying machine design and maintenance for the engineer by allowing switching between each.
  • On-the-fly Mode Switching to allow machine programmers for example to switch from velocity mode for a long constant speed move directly to position mode so the motor can be precisely positioned at the end of the move to a specific location.
  • The new Drive Status Panel presents users with a simple sortable organization of drive status, critical event activity and event counters to quickly identify faults.
  • Network communication settings have been made more configurable for EtherCAT®, CANopen and RS-485/232 allowing independent adjustment of those used to connect to DW7.
  • Mappable PDOs to configure, edit, and map RPDOs and TPDOs and the ability to assign CANopen TPDOs to specific drive events.

Digiflex® Performance™ digital servo drives built in 2012 and later can take advantage of these new features, we highly recommend that you download DW7 and take it for a spin!

DriveWare® 7 software is used to commission, troubleshoot, and integrate all AMC Digiflex® Performance™ digital servo drives. All drive limits, control loops (current, velocity, and position), and event handling can be configured in DriveWare. Notable features include a fully functional multi-channel oscilloscope, function generator and user friendly layout and interface.

System Requirements:

Windows XP, Windows 7, .NET 4.0 Framework

Minimum 1 GHz, Minimum 2GB RAM

Technical documentation on DriveWare® 7 software can be found at the link below-

http://www.a-m-c.com/products/driveware.html

For more information on the Digiflex® Performance™ digital servo drives available  from Servo2Go, click on the link below-

http://www.servo2go.com/supplier.php?id=1031080098

For more information, please contact:

Editorial Contact:

Warren Osak
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www.servo2go.com

Understanding Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) February 21, 2013

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Servo amplifiers are used extensively in motion control systems where precise control of position and/or velocity is required.  The amplifier basically translates the low-energy reference signals from the controller into high-energy signals (motor voltage and current).  These reference signals can be either of an analog or digital nature.  An analog +/-10 VDC signal is still the most common.  This signal can represent either a motor torque or velocity demand.

Although there exist many ways to “amplify” electrical signals, pulse width modulation (or PWM) is by far the most efficient and cost-effective approach.  At the basis of a PWM amplifier is a current control circuit that controls the output current by varying the duty cycle of the output power stage (fixed frequency, variable duty cycle).   A typical setup is shown below in Figure 2.3  (here for a single phase load):

PWM Current Control Circuit

PWM Current Control Circuit

S1, S2, S3 and S4 are power devices (MOSFET or IGBT) that can be switched on or off. D1, D2, D3, and D4 are diodes, which guarantee current continuity.  The bus voltage is depicted by +HV.  The resistor Rc is used to measure the actual output current.  For electric motors, the load is typically inductive (due to the windings used to generate electromagnetic fields).  The current can be regulated in both directions (+ and -) by activating the appropriate switches.  When switch S1 and S4 (or S2 and S3) are activated, current will flow in the positive (or negative) direction and increase.  When switch S1 is off and switch S4 is on, (or S2 off and S3 on) current will flow in the positive (or negative) direction and decrease (via one of the diodes).  The switch “ON”-time is determined by the difference between the current demand and the actual current.  The current control circuit will compare both signals every time interval (typically 50m sec or less) and activate the switches accordingly (this is done by the switching logic circuit, which also performs basic protection functions).  The picture below shows the relationship between the pulse width (ON-time) and the current pattern.  Note that the current rise time depends on the bus voltage (+HV) and the load inductance.  Therefore, certain minimum load inductance requirements are necessary depending on the bus voltage.

Output current and duty cycle relationship

Output current and duty cycle relationship

Make sure minimum inductance requirements are met!  Pulse Width modulation (PWM) servo drives deliver a pulsed output that requires a minimum amount of load inductance to ensure that the DC motor current is properly filtered.  The minimum inductance values for different drive types are shown in the individual data sheet specifications.  If the drive is operated below its maximum rated voltage, the minimum load inductance requirement may be reduced. Most servo-motors have enough winding inductance.  Some types of motors (e.g. “basket-wound”, “pancake”, etc.) do not have a conventional iron core rotor, so the winding inductance is usually less than 50 μH.  If the motor inductance value is less than the minimum required for the selected drive, use an external filter card.

More information on PWM Servo Amplifiers from Servo2Go can be found at the link below-

http://www.servo2go.com/category.php?cat=10020&sub=10002

For more information, please contact:

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Warren Osak
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Whitepaper: The EtherCAT® Performance Advantage November 15, 2012

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New Whitepaper from Advanced Motion Controls, of Camarillo, CA.   7 pages

EtherCAT opens new possibilities in motion control by allowing higher data throughput and faster cycle times than other networks.  Imagine controlling 4 servo drives and over 280 I/O points at a 100µs update rate.  It can and has been done!  On top of this imagine using our highly compact Z-Drives and an I/O module that was custom built to your specifications, or if that doesn’t suit your needs what if we gave away the reference design so you could build your own I/O module.   Our DxM™ and DxI/O™ technology makes all this possible.

EtherCAT Whitepaper

EtherCAT Whitepaper

Discover how EtherCAT is able to achieve this performance in this white paper.

For more information on the DxM Technology from Advanced Motion Controls , click on the link below-

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

For more information, please contact:

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Warren Osak
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EtherCAT and DxM Technology Reviewed at RoboBusiness 2012 November 5, 2012

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Interview on Engineering TV with Karl Meier.   4 minute video.

Bill Wong of Electronic Design magazine talks to Karl Meier, Marketing Manager at Advanced Motion Controls about EtherCAT and DXM Technology for very efficient industrial networking.

OEM’s are continually challenged to provide motion control precision at lowest possible cost.  Precision has been given a boost with the advent of EtherCAT®, an open Ethernet-based network standard setting new heights for real-time performance and topology flexibility, and has been the fastest growing area in motion control technology.   Advanced Motion Controls has created exclusive ‘DxM’ – Demultiplexed Motion technology allowing connectivity of up to 3 DZS drives (sub-nodes) to a single DZE (node) on an EtherCAT® network for up to 4 axes of servo motion.  Removing the cost of additional EtherCAT® nodes greatly reduces overall system cost.  ‘DxM’ Technology handles all sub-node activity easily through one node, making master tasks much simpler in multi-axis systems.

Click on the link below to view a demonstration of AMC’s DxM Technology.

Advanced Motion Control DxM Technology Video

The 4 minute video can also be viewed at the link below-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEqHAxnd87A&feature=youtube_gdata

For more information on the DxM Technology from Advanced Motion Controls , click on the link below-

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

For more information, please contact:

Editorial Contact:

Warren Osak
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Toll Free Phone:  877-378-0240
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ADVANCED Motion Controls® announces the release of DriveWare® 7 software for DigiFlex® Performance™ servo drives October 30, 2012

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ADVANCED Motion Controls® announces the release of DriveWare® 7 software for DigiFlex® Performance™ servo drives

Advanced Motion Controls DriveWare7 Software

Advanced Motion Controls DriveWare7 Software

Available for immediate download DriveWare® 7 (DW7) enables new capabilities in DigiFlex® Performance™ servo drives from ADVANCED Motion Controls®.  DW7 introduces the capability to create up to 16 unique index tasks by defining position, velocity, and acceleration/deceleration values where indexes can be either Relative or Absolute motion profiles.

With DW7, servo drives can now store two different configuration settings that include unique Loop Configuration, Gain Set, Command Source and Command Limiter settings simplifying machine design and maintenance for the engineer by allowing switching between each.

On-the-fly Mode Switching has been added allowing machine programmers for example to switch from velocity mode for a long constant speed move directly to position mode so the motor can be precisely positioned at the end of the move to a specific location.

Network communication settings have been made more configurable for CANopen, RS-485/232 and EtherCAT® allowing the network communication settings to be adjusted independently of the settings used to connect to DW7.  Adding Mappable PDOs to configure, edit, and map RPDOs and TPDOs and the ability to assign CANopen TPDOs to specific drive events.

About DriveWare® 7

DriveWare® 7 software is used to commission, troubleshoot, and integrate all ADVANCED Motion Controls’ DigiFlex® Performance™ digital servo drives. All drive limits, control loops (current, velocity, and position), and event handling can be configured in DriveWare® 7. Notable features include a fully functional multi-channel oscilloscope, function generator and user friendly layout and interface.

For more product information, reference the web site at www.a-m-c.com/products/driveware.html .  DriveWare® 7 is available for free download.

About ADVANCED Motion Controls®

ADVANCED Motion Controls, a U.S. company in business for 25 years now, was founded with the idea of designing and manufacturing lower cost / higher power density servo drives. The company’s focus remains to create and deliver the best motion control drives for brushed or brushless servo motors. With over 2 million axes shipped, ADVANCED Motion Controls has become one of the fastest growing servo drive companies in the world!

For more information on Servo Amplifiers from Advanced Motion Controls, click on the link below-

http://servo2go.com/supplier.php?id=1031080098

For more information, please contact:

Editorial Contact:

Warren Osak
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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

For more information, please contact:

Editorial Contact:

Warren Osak
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