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Handbook For High-Performance Brushless Servo Systems February 7, 2013

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Published by ElectroCraft,  12pages

Comparison of DC servomotors and brushless servomotors

ElectroCraft Handbook For High-Performance Brushless Servo Systems

ElectroCraft Handbook

The traditional permanent magnet DC servomotor has been the industry workhorse for many decades in highperformance servo drive applications.  The primary reason for this is that the DC servomotor is very easy to control using adjustable DC voltage.  A brief review of the operating principle of the DC motor illustrates this point (continued)…

Click on the link below to download this Free Handbook.

http://www.servo2go.com/support/files/ElectroCraft%20EC_Handbook%20for%20High-Performance%20Brushless%20Servo%20Systems-Final%20S2G.pdf

More information on brushless servo motors from ElectroCraft can be found at the link below-

http://www.servo2go.com/supplier.php?id=1189973790

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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

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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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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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Advanced Motion Controls announces the release of EtherCAT® servo drives and new ‘DxM’ (Demultiplexed Motion) technology June 14, 2012

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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 EtherCAT Servo Amplifiers

Advanced Motion Controls EtherCAT Servo Amplifiers

As part of our highly successful Z-Drives platform of plug-in servo drives, ADVANCED Motion Controls is proud to formally release powerful DZE & DZS series of servo drives for EtherCAT enabled control networks but with package size that can easily fit in the palm of your hand. These products not only provide precise motion but also at reduced cost when applied in a multiple networked axes system.

ADVANCED Motion Controls has also 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.

Also introduced are new DPE series of EtherCAT enabled servo drives as part of the panel mount DigiFlex® Performance™ platform. Both DPE’s and DZE’s can be used as stand-alone EtherCAT® slave nodes in single-axis setups or as part of a larger, multiple axes EtherCAT network. The DZS’s must be used as sub-nodes in a ‘DxM’ configuration with a DZE node.

With ADVANCED Motion Controls … Everything’s possible.

Click on the link below for additional information on Servo2Go’s Stepper Products-

AMC EtherCAT Servo Amplifier Information

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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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Live Training Classes At Galil March 16, 2012

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Current users of Galil Motion Controllers will benefit most from our two-day intensive, hands-on “Product workshop”, working side-by-side with Galil specialists. Conducted at Galil’s headquarters in Rocklin, CA (near Sacramento), students will gain detailed understanding about connecting system elements, system tuning and motion programming. This is a “hands-on” seminar and students can test their application on actual hardware and review it with Galil specialists. Attendees must have a current application and recently purchased a Galil controller to attend this course.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Overview of motion control systems
  • Elements of motion control systems
  • Connection of hardware
  • Tuning servo systems using WSDK software and Lab
  • Motion programming and Lab
  • Application Examples
  • Troubleshooting
  • ActiveX Tool kit
  • Review of individual applications and Lab
  • Individual instruction as needed

Cost: $250 US
Time: 2 days 8:30am – 4:30pm
Requirements: Must have purchased a Galil controller

Schedule:
April 23rd & 24th, 2012 at Galil

To Register:
Call Galil at 800-377-6329

Click on the link below for additional information-

Galil’s Product Family

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Technical Support Tools for the Motion Control Engineer February 26, 2012

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To assist engineers with the sizing and selection of the proper motor/drive system, Servo2Go offers a number of tools to simplify your component design and selection.  These are:  the Smart Motion Cheat Sheet, Motioneering Motor/Drive Sizing & Selection Software and the Motioneering Toolbar Software.

Our 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 it’s recommendations.

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 Motioneering Toolbar Software provides a convenient engineering units converter to facilitate common technical calculations.  This tool will have universal appeal to both engineers and students.

Motioneering Toolbar Software Functions:

  • Unit conversion
    • 28 parameters, hundreds of units
  • Densities of materials – broad selection of materials and elements
  • Inertia calculations
    • Cylinder
    • Parallelepiped
    • Spherical shell
    • Sphere
    • Slender rod
    • Tetrahedron
  • Integrates with MOTIONEERING® and other programs utilizing a simple copy and paste function
  • Trigonometric and calculus reference

Our 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

Announcing MOTIONEERING® Application Engine 6.1.0 – Kollmorgen’s latest release of our premier motion sizing and selection software. This release features our new KBM™ Series Frameless Kit brushless motors with our AKD™ servo drive family, complimenting our existing rotary and linear actuation systems. Sizing frameless motors and drive systems has never been easier. Using a mechanism project concept for the collection and saving of multiple axes of load information, MOTIONEERING® can automatically calculate application results and compare against a database catalog of systems – recommending to our customers the most optimized set of Kollmorgen system solutions available. 

The engine has the flexibility to sum the effects of multiple axes of motion for power supply and shunt regeneration sizing (rotary applications only). Versatile units-of-measure selection options for mechanism and motion profile data-entry, with the ability to convert data into other available units, makes this an convenient international tool. A user-friendly Help file explains program functions, definition of terms, and algorithms used to perform application results.

Downloads:

Understanding Torque Ripple
PDF: 146.51 kb
Choosing A Power Supply For Your Stepper Drive
PDF: 65.60 kb
Comparative Motor Technologies
PDF: 97.64 kb
Detection and Shielding of Noise in Stepper Motor Systems
PDF: 86.45 kb
EtherNet/IP with Applied Motion Drives
PDF: 578.30 kb
High Speed Performance Limitations of Step Motors
PDF: 192.81 kb
Introduction to Step Motors
PDF: 491.23 kb
Motion Control Terminology
PDF: 264.92 kb
Reasons For Turning to Slotless Motor Technology
PDF: 73.88 kb
Selecting A Brush Commutated DC Motor
PDF: 117.30 kb
Smart Motion Cheat Sheet
PDF: 191.68 kb
The Basics of Optical Encoders
PDF: 71.78 kb
The 10 Most Common Mistakes Made When Purchasing Automation
PDF: 63.36 kb
->Motioneering Toolbar Software<-
EXE: 1,816.31 kb
Torsional Stiffness In Gearheads
PDF: 69.59 kb
->MOTIONEERING Application Engine (v6.1.0)<-
EXE: 12,295.49 kb

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New 750W per axis Servo Drive from Galil February 3, 2012

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Galil's AMP-43240

Galil’s AMP-43240 four-axis servo drive provides up to 750 W per axis and resides in a four-axis motion controller enclosure to reduce space and wiring.  

The servo drive has four transconductance, PWM amplifiers for driving brushless servo motors at 20–80 Vdc, each for motors operating up to 10 A continuous, 20 A peak per axis.  Amp gain settings are user-programmable at 0.5, 1.0 and 2.0 A/V.   The switching frequency is 24 kHz.

The AMP-43240 is sold in conjunction with Galil’s powerful new EtherNet/RS232 Programmable Motion Controller, the DMC-41×3 .

Click on the link below for additional information-

Galil DMC-41×3 + AMP 43240 Product Information 

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Joystick Operation using AMP’s Stepper & Servo Drives February 3, 2012

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Joystick operation is available with many of our drives, both stepper and servo.  Many joysticks are potentiometer based, which is the type to choose.  A 10 kilohm potentiometer will work well.  For steppers use the ST Configurator™ software to set up the drive for joystick operation.  For servos use the Quick Tuner™ software.

Here’s how to set a drive up with ST Configurator™:

Step 1)  From the home screen click on the Motion button.

Step 2)  Click on Velocity (Oscillator) Mode.

Step 3)  Uncheck the box “Use X1/STEP input as Run/Stop command ” and check the box “Speed proportional to analog input”. Then click Advanced Settings.

Step 4)  Set the Offset to 2500 mV.

Step 5)  Return to the home screen (by clicking OK) and download the settings to the drive. Then wire the joystick to the analog input of the drive. The center position of the joystick is stopped, while the ends of the joystick are full speed in either direction. There is no easier setup on Earth!

Click on the link below for additional information-

Applied Motion Products Product Information 

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