Introducing Galil’s New H-Bot Firmware

There are many applications that require movement in planar space, or movement along two perpendicular axes. This two dimensional system can be fitted with additional motors to increase the number of degrees of freedom. These types of applications can range from specimen positioning for a microscope and 3D printers to product packaging and material application.

The most common way that planar motion is achieved is using a machine based on the XY stage or gantry system. This type of system can have many drawbacks which will be outlined later in this article. An alternative to these types of machines is the H-Bot which has many advantages when compared to XY stages or gantries.

This article will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using an H-Bot for systems that use planar movement as well as Galil’s H-Bot firmware solution for the DMC-40×0.

CLICK HERE to dowload this White Paper.

 

Tags:  Galil, H-Bot, Planar Motion, Electromate

 

Introducing µZ Plug-In Servo Drives from Advanced Motion Controls

µZ’s are the smallest off-the-shelf servo drives from ADVANCED Motion Controls. Pronounced ‘Micro-Z’ these plug-in drives are designed for embedded applications in a wide range of industries including: Robotics, Lab Automation, Homeland Security/Military, Electric Mobility, Medical and Packaging.

µZ servo drives are designed to drive brushless and brushed DC motors at a high switching frequency.  To increase system reliability and to reduce cabling costs, the drives are designed for direct integration into your PCB.  Weighing in at less than 9 grams, µZ Drives output 10A peak and 5A continuous and operate with a bus voltage range of 10-36VDC.

Designed without the need for a heatsink, the µZ’s are true featherweights with a high power to weight ratio.  The µZ’s are fully protected against over-voltage, under-voltage, over-current, over-heating, and short-circuits. Depending on the model, the drives interface with digital controllers that have analog ±10V or PWM/Direction commands. These servo drives require only a single unregulated isolated DC power supply, and are fully RoHS (Reduction of Hazardous Substances) compliant.

Datasheets and Support:

AZB10A4 for ±10V Command Signals, Current Mode

AZBH10A4 for ±10V Command Signals, Hall Velocity Mode

AZBD10A4 for ±10V Command Signals, Duty Cycle Mode

AZBDC10A4 for PWM/Direction Command Signals

Stand-alone (drives with built-in interface)

AZB10A4IC for ±10V Command Signals, Current Mode

AZBDC10A4IC for PWM/Direction Command Signals

Features:

  • Designed for direct board-to-board integration.
  • No heatsink and no need for additional heatsinking results in the smallest installed volume
  • Feather weight, less than 9 grams
  • Dimensions (mm) 38.1 x 38.1 x 7.34 for current mode models, 43.2 x 38.1 x 9.4 for velocity / duty cycle models
  • Dimensions (in) 1.50 x 1.50 x 0.29 for current mode models, 1.70 x 1.50 x 0.37 for velocity / duty cycle models
  • Large operational temperature range, 0-85°C
  • Compatible with low inductance motors
  • Smallest form factor of any off-the-shelf servo drive from ADVANCED Motion Controls
  • 40 kHz switching frequency

For more information, please contact:

EDITORIAL CONTACT:
Warren Osak
sales@electromate.com
Toll Free Phone:   877-737-8698
Toll Free Fax:       877-737-8699
www.electromate.com

 

Tags:  Servo Amplifier, Servo Drive, PWM Drive, Electromate, Advanced Motion Control, µZ servo drives

New Gearhead Selector Tool from Harmonic Drive®

Gearhead Selector Tool Snippet

New website features Harmonic Planetary® and Harmonic Drive® Quick Connect® gearheads (HPN, HPG, HPGP, CSF-GH, CSG-GH, HPF and HPG-U1).  Developed with the design engineer in mind, the new website features a robust product selector tool, PDF and DXF CAD drawings, as well as download-able 3-D solid models.  The Product Selector Tool enables the design engineer to quickly filter through Harmonic Drive product specifications to find the right gearhead to connect to their servomotor.

Visit http://electromate.harmonicdrivegearhead.com/

For more information, please contact:

EDITORIAL CONTACT:
Warren Osak
sales@electromate.com
Toll Free Phone:   877-737-8698
Toll Free Fax:       877-737-8699
www.electromate.com

Tags:  Harmonic Drive, Harmonic Drive Gears, Actuators, Gearhead, Harmonic Drive Actuator, Harmonic Drive Gearing, Electromate, Strain Wave Gearing, Flex Spine, Circular Spine, Wave Generator, Planetary Gearbox, Harmonic Gearbox, Harmonic Gearhead

Servo Drive Broadens Range of Power and Industrial Fieldbus Options

Kollmorgen’s new 32kW drive is one of the most power dense on the market, consuming only 576cm2 of panel space; the smallest drive in the AKD family, at 1kW, consumes only 99cm2. The AKD platform is one of the highest performing on the market, with a 0.67µs current loop: Approximately 100x the industry-standard speeds of 62.5µs.

Kollmorgen AKD Servo Drive Family

Kollmorgen AKD Servo Drive Family

In addition to high-servo-performance motors, drives, gearing and actuation, Kollmorgen is known for broad connectivity and ease-of-use: The AKD platform supports Ethernet /IP, Profinet, EtherCAT, Modbus TCP, CANopen, SERCOS III, SynQnet, and TCP/IP. Recent enhancements to HTTP and UDP support in the intelligent “PDMM” version of AKD—Kollmorgen’s drive-resident multi-axis motion controller—satisfies growing demand to interface with PC networks for back office analytics and PC-based SCADA control.

“Whether you specify a complete Kollmorgen system or use one of our elements in an existing architecture, more options means less compromise.” said Scott Evans, Director of Product Planning at Kollmorgen. “Partnering with Kollmorgen enables machine builders to maximize performance while reducing implementation time.”

CLICK HERE to view Kollmorgen’s family of AKD AC Servo Drive + Motor Systems.

For more information, please contact:

EDITORIAL CONTACT:

Warren Osak
sales@electromate.com
Toll Free Phone:   877-737-8698
Toll Free Fax:       877-737-8699
www.electromate.com

 

Tags:  Ethernet /IP, Profinet, EtherCAT, Modbus TCP, CANopen, SERCOS III, SynQnet, TCP/IP, Kollmorgen, Electromate

Actuator Life- How to Estimate for Ball and Roller Screw Actuators

Estimating how long a piece of equipment will last in an application is critical information in the specification process. This step-by-step guide examines how to estimate the life of an electric actuator, utilizing ball or roller screw technology, in applications that require constant or varying (changing) loads. In addition, you will learn how to calculate life in units of time (days, years, etc.) and how to compare the expected life of two different solutions.

CLICK HERE to download this White Paper from Tolomatic.

For more information, please contact:

EDITORIAL CONTACT:
Warren Osak
sales@electromate.com
Toll Free Phone:   877-737-8698
Toll Free Fax:       877-737-8699
www.electromate.com

Featured Video: BRUSHED VS BRUSHLESS DC MOTOR SELECTION

What kind of motor is best for your application?  This 6min video helps you to decide whether a brushed motor or a brushless motor would work better for your needs.  Start your e-learning now with Dr. Urs Kafader from the maxon academy.

 

CLICK HERE to watch this 6minute video.

For more information, please contact:

EDITORIAL CONTACT:
Warren Osak
sales@electromate.com
Toll Free Phone:   877-737-8698
Toll Free Fax:       877-737-8699
www.electromate.com

Tags:  Brush motor, brush servo motor, brushless motor, BLDC motor, motor selection, Maxon, Electromate

Live Webinar April 7 -Control Schemes for Dealing with Nonlinear Mechanics

There are many challenges when designing a motion control system. One challenge that can overwhelm many engineers is nonlinear mechanics. These mechanics can make tuning a motion control system difficult. At Galil, we pride ourselves in being able to provide intuitive solutions for these nonlinear or unorthodox mechanics. This webinar will discuss six examples of applications with nonlinear mechanics, their inherent challenges, and the tools/solutions to address these challenges.

Below are the six examples of applications with nonlinear mechanics:

  1. High-friction axis
  2. Mechanics with backlash
  3. Servo axis involving a spring
  4. Axis exposed to large and unpredictable outside forces
  5. Mechanics where inertia varies with position
  6. Hydraulic axis
 Robin    Robin Riley
   Sr. Applications Engineer
   Galil Motion Control

Robin Riley joined Galil in 1999 as an Applications Engineer. Before coming to Galil, he worked at companies such as Raychem, Tyco, and EPE Industries where his technical contribution focused on mechanical design. Robin began his career at Galil assisting customers with the design of new hardware, software, and firmware for their motion control applications as well as troubleshooting existing OEM applications. In the past 16 years Robin has become the senior application engineer focusing mostly on international OEMs. Robin holds a BSME from the University of Maine at Orono.

CLICK HERE to register for this Live Webinar.

 

 

Tags:  Nonlinear Mechanics, Control, Motion Control, Automation, Machine Control, Motor Control, Galil, Electromate


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