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What are PCB Mount Servo Drives? Top 6 Benefits

Imagine being able to achieve the same amount of power output and performance from your servo powered device, at a fraction of the cost. Just as PC manufacturers have created smaller computer chips each year with faster speeds, so too has the printed circuit board (PCB) mounted servo drive been able to offer the same performance as panel mount servo drives at a fraction of the cost and size.

printed circuit board (PCB) mounted servo driveTraditionally, panel mount servo drives were housed in metal cases and installed into electrical panels which took up lots of space in the machine. Embedded servo drives greatly reduce the space required to operate by plugging directly into your PCB and eliminating the need for metal housing and connectors. PCB mounted servo drives can either be constructed using detachable connections or soldering.

More often than not, PCB mount servo drives are connected using plug-in style connectors, however soldering the connectors can be beneficial for extreme conditions to increase the reliability of the electrical connections. You’ll often find PCB mount servo drives used in 3D printing, CNC machining, robotics and other tightly integrated applications.

The space saving capabilities of PCB mount drives allows room for additional components in the machine to make it more functional and capable, or to make the machine smaller and lighter if desired. For this reason, PCB mounted servo drives have become huge in the automation and robotics industries.

PCB mount servo drives offer the same features as panel mount servo drives, including output current, servo performance, network IO capabilities, feature set and more. Here’s a list of the benefits that you can expect from PCB mount servo drives.

Benefits of PCB Mount Servo Drives

1.   More Cost-Effective

pcb mount servo drives benefitsWith reduced wiring and system complexity, PCB mount drives are less expensive yet offer the same performance as their panel mount equivalents. Commissioning and servicing costs are also reduced due to their ease of installation.

2.   Reduced Footprint

pcb servo drives small size big performanceOwed to their simple and space-saving design, PCB mount drives take up a fraction of the volume of panel mount servo drives. A smaller footprint gives designers increased flexibility when they laying out components as well as reduces the overall machine size and weight. PCB mount drives can be mounted closer to the motors in places where a panel mount drive would never fit, such as directly into a robot arm. The lightweight and compact design of PCB mount servos make them perfectly suitable for almost any application that requires tight integration.

3.   Same Performance as Bigger Drives

Even though they’re smaller and less expensive than panel mount drives, PCB mount drives don’t sacrifice on power output and performance. PCB mount drives can output 60A peak and 30A continuous while taking up less than 39 cm^2 of board space! Furthermore, with newer designs the power density can be doubled.

PCB mount drives also have the same current loop bandwidth, current output resolution and servo update rates as their bigger counterparts as well as the same tuning capabilities, feedback resolution capability and positional accuracy.

4.   Easier Integration

multi-axis system pcb servo drives

Many designers choose open designs that allow for quick plug-and-play mounting. For multi-axis systems, PCBs can be designed to accept multiple single-axis drives. PCBs can also be designed to accept mating connectors that are compatible with your motor manufacturer’s standard cables, thus reducing cabling costs and increasing reliability. With a well thought out PCB design it can make it easier to install your PCB mounted drives and connect the controller, feedback, and motors.

5.   Greater Flexibility

pcb servo drive vs typical servo drivesOur large selection of PCB mount servo drives gives customers the flexibility to find the model that matches their needs and avoid paying for features that they won’t use. Customers who design their own PCBs can place the drives and mating connectors in the locations that work best for them.

6.   Greater Power Density

Power Density is defined as how much power the servo drive can output divided by how much volume the servo drive occupies (Power Density = P/V). PCB mount servo drives have some of the highest power densities available and they are getting even smaller and more powerful. The limiting factors for power density are heat dissipation and connectorization. Improved power devices can operate more efficiently which allows them to produce less heat while the plug-in style connectors greatly reduce the amount of area that traditional connectors would take up.

Why Select PCB Mount Servo Drives For Your Next Project?

digital pcb servo drives costs and benefitsPCB mounted servos offer much of the same characteristics as panel mount servos at nearly half of the price and size. Don’t think that this limits their ability to work as well as panel mount products. Whether you’re working with a brushed or brushless motor, we have standard PCB servo models that will operate with your motor.

Choose from analog PCB mount servo drives with simple configuration or digital PCB mounts with the same performance as a panel mount servo. With a cost effective price and comparable performance, making the switch to a digital PCB mount servo drive seems well worth the investment. Contact us today if you’re looking for a new PCB Mount servo drive and need help determining the best form factor for your servo.

For more information, please contact:

Electromate Inc.
Toll Free Phone (877)SERVO98
Toll Free Fax (877)SERVO99
sales@electromate.com
www.electromate.com/servo-drives.html

 

Tags:  PCB, Servo Amplifier, Servo Drive, BLDC Drive, Electromate, Advanced Motion Controls

POSITAL Sensors – Precision Feedback for Collaborative Robots

Encoders measure rotation and return a digital signal that reports the angle of rotation (absolute encoders) or rate of motion (incremental encoders) to the control system. The ‘right’ encoders for cobots need to be accurate, reliable, and compact, with excellent dynamic response characteristics. They also need to be reasonably priced. POSITAL-FRABA has responded to this challenge by developing new sensing technologies – such as magnetic and capacitive rotary encoders – that provide cobot manufacturers vital feedback for closed-loop control systems. In order to ensure that these devices meet the needs of cobot builders, POSITAL-FRABA offers products with a wide range of performance characteristics, communications interfaces and physical configurations.

 

A very exciting development in the area of robotics is the development and growing popularity of so-called collaborative robots, or “cobots”. Cobots, in contrast to traditional industrial robots, are designed to interact with human workers in a shared workspace. They are typically smaller and less powerful than traditional factory robots and are equipped with a variety of proximity sensors, load sensors and other features designed to avoid dangerous collisions between the robots and the people working around them. This focus on safety means that cobots are easier to deploy in a normal factory setting, since they don’t required special fenced off operating areas. Cobots have been used to perform repetitive tasks in light assembly, packaging, materials handling and medical laboratories. Cobots have also been used to help workers avoid direct contact with environments not conducive to direct human interaction, such as high temperature environments, chemically aggressive reagents and toxic pathogens.

Enabling Technologies for the Cobot Revolution
Many cobots are designed to mimic a human arm, with flexible “shoulder”, “elbow” and “wrist” joints. Accurate measurement of the rotary position of these joints is central to enabling the cobots’ control system to keep track of the spatial orientation of all of its moving parts. This is typically provided through rotary encoders mounted in each of the device’s joints.

For more information, please contact:

Electromate Inc.
Toll Free Phone (877)SERVO98
Toll Free Fax (877)SERVO99
sales@electromate.com
http://www.electromate.com/posital-fraba.html

 

Tags:  Encoder, Kit Encoder, Cobot, Posital-Fraba, Electromate

New QTR Series Torque Motors by Tecnotion

Tecnotion, long known as “The Linear Motor Company” entered the rotary torque motor market last year with a new design for torque motors. By new design, we mean the magnetic design is optimized for maximum flux density and copper fill to provide very high torque to volume ratios.

Tecnotion QTR Torque Motors

Tecnotion QTR Torque Motors

Manufactured in volume, these new Tecnotion Torque motors feature encapsulated windings and include two types of thermistors as standard features at very competitive pricing. Tecnotion offers motor sizes from 68mm to 160 mm diameters, to date, these motors pack serious power and will work with any servo drives in the market, or of your design.

Torque Motors from Tecnotion are extremely compact, provide an extremely stiff drive train, eliminate the need for time-consuming mounting procedures, are virtually maintenance free and can be integrated directly into the machine structure, while the spacious open inner diameter enables wire and cable feedthrough. To top things off the entire series comes with completely sealed stators and integrated temperature protection and measurement sensors.

With continuous torque ratings ranging from 0.27 Nm to 63.5 Nm and speed ranges from 190 rpm to 6918 rpm, these motors can play a pivotal role in increasing the availability and cost-effectiveness of many different applications in industries like:

• Semiconductor
• Printing
• Robotics
• Machine tooling

More information on the QTR Series Torque Motors by Tecnotion can be found at:
https://www.electromate.com/direct-drive-motors.html

For more information, please contact:
EDITORIAL CONTACT:
Warren Osak
sales@electromate.com
Toll Free Phone: 877-737-8698
Toll Free Fax: 877-737-8699
http://www.electromate.com

Tags: Tecnotion, QTR, Rotary Torque Motor, Servo Motor, Torque Motor, Automation, Electromate

Electromate Inc. Recognized as a Best Workplace™ in Canada

Best Place To Work

 

Electromate Inc. is proud to announce that it has been recognized as one of this year’s Best Workplaces™ in Canada.  This list, and related stories, will appear in a Special National Report on Thursday April 27, 2018 in The Globe and Mail.

Electromate prides itself on its commitment to the principles of Kaizen, or continuous improvement.  This holds true for the professional and personal development of its employees which has greatly contributed to the creation of a company culture embodying the Core Values of Integrity, Innovation, Enthusiasm, Continuous Learning and Customer Advocacy.

“Creating a ‘Great Place To Work’ has been pivotal in driving employee satisfaction and engagement”, says Warren Osak Founder and President of Electromate.  “Numerous empirical studies have shown that highly engaged employees are more productive and deliver a higher level of customer satisfaction than unengaged employees, and much of our competitive advantage stems from the positivity in our workplace.”

“The entire Electromate Team is thrilled to be recognized for our exceptional workplace culture and featured on the 2018 list of Best Workplaces™ in Canada.

The 2018 Best Workplaces™ in Canada list is compiled by the Great Place to Work® Institute.  The competition process is based on two criteria: two-thirds of the total score comes from confidential employee survey results and the remaining one-third comes from an in-depth review of the organization’s culture.  This offers a rigorous representation of the organization from an employee perspective, and an overall portrait of the workplace culture.  Together, they provide crucial data relative to five trust-building dimensions: credibility, respect, fairness, pride, and camaraderie.

For more information please contact the Institute at bestworkplaces@greatplacetowork.ca or visit www.greatplacetowork.ca.


About Great Place to Work®:

Great Place to Work® is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures.  It is a global research and consulting firm with a mission to build a better society by helping companies transform their workplaces.  Great Place to Work® provides the benchmarks, framework, and expertise needed to create, sustain, and recognize outstanding workplace cultures.  In Canada, Great Place to Work® produces both industry and demographic specific Best Workplace™ lists.  This is part of the world’s largest annual workplace study, which culminates in a series of national lists in over 50 countries, including the study’s flagship list of 100 Best Companies published annually in Fortune magazine.  Globally, this survey represents the voices of 11 million employees, which are the primary determinant used in selecting winners.  There’s only one way to get on this list – your employees have to put you on it.

About Electromate Inc:

Electromate’s Core Purpose is to help Manufacturers compete globally by building better machines using differentiated automation technology.  They specialize in Robotic and Mechatronic Solutions for the Industrial Automation marketplace.  Respected by customers as a premiere source for High Performance Automation and Motion Control Components & Systems, Electromate® specializes in AC & DC Servo and Stepper Motors & Drives, Motion & Automation Controllers, Positioning Systems & Actuators, Feedback Devices, Gearing Products and HMI’s & Operator Displays, all supported via extensive product selection, just-in-time delivery, dedicated customer service and technical engineering support.

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Announcing 6 New Servo Drives capable of 100A peak and 60A continuous output

Servo Drive

This new power range comes with a variety of network options including EtherCAT, CANopen, POWERLINK, Modbus and more.

Safe Torque Off (STO) functionality is included as a standard feature.

Available now, these new models offer high efficiency in a compact design and are targeted towards AGVs and mobile applications.

Specifications:

  • 100 A Peak Current Output
  • 60 A Continuous Current Output
  • 20 – 80 VDC Supply Voltage
  • Safe Torque Off (STO) standard
  • High Efficiency
  • Compact Design

Information on the 6 new servo drives from Advanced Motion Controls can be found at the links below:

DPCANIA-100B080 (CANopen)

DPCANIE-100B080 (CANopen)

DPEANIU-100B080 (EtherCAT)

DPMANIU-100B080 (Click&Move® Embedded)

DPPANIU-100B080 (POWERLINK / Modbus TCP / Ethernet)

DPRANIE-100B080 (Modbus RTU / RS485)

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:  AMC, Servo Amplifier, Servo Drive, Advanced Motion Controls, PWM Drive, Electromate

New 60mm OD Frameless Brushless Servo Motor Kits from Maxon

With an outer diameter of only 60mm these frameless brushless servo motors are extremely compact.

The new EC 60 Flat Frameless Brushless Servo Motor Kit from Maxon consist of only a rotor and stator – with no bearings or motor shaft.  With an outer diameter of only 60mm, these pancake servo motor kits are extremely compact.Maxon EC frameless 60 100w

Available in size ranges from 70 Watt to 100 Watt, these EC (electronically commutated) frameless slotted motors feature low voltage windings, high pole pair count and are shipped as BLDC frameless motor kits.

These Inner Rotor Slotted Motors feature:

  • Low voltage windings
  • High accel/decel capabilities
  • Low rotor inertia
  • High pole pair count
  • Lower cost vs. slotless motors

The flat design, high torque output and hollow shaft construction provides plenty of space for cable glands which allows for a high level of integration into OEM applications such as Collaborative & Mobile Robots, AGV’s, Exoskeletons and Embedded Robotic Applications.

Information on the EC 60 Flat Frameless Brushless 100 Watt Servo Motor from maxon can be found at:
https://www.maxonmotorusa.com/medias/sys_master/root/8827307491358/EC-60-Flat-Frameless-100W-550153-EN.pdf

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:  Maxon, BLDC Motor, Servo Motor, Frameless Motor, Brushless Motor, Electromate

Galil Motion Control Introduces The Galil Design Kit (GDK)

New software environment adds scope and tuner to growing list of tools and capabilities

Galil Design Kit

ROCKLIN, Calif. — Galil Motion Control Inc., the industry leader in motion control technology, has released the Galil Design Kit. This is Galil’s newest software environment, providing easy communication with Galil’s motion controllers and PLCs. Galil recently introduced the new scope and tuner to GDK’s growing list of tools and capabilities. All tools are customizable by editing the XLM, located in the “more options” menu at the top right corner of the software.

“The scope and tuner tools of GDK now provide customers with the functionality to easily troubleshoot and tune a system,” said Amber Ehardt, applications and marketing engineer with Galil Motion Control.

“GDK’s wide range of tools increases the motion control system’s performance and decreases integration time and effort.”

GDK currently includes these six tools:

– Scope: emulates a traditional digital oscilloscope.

– Tuner: assists in optimizing a system’s performance.

– Terminal: sends commands and receives responses from the controller.

– Editor: writes, saves and executes application programs.

– Viewer: enables real-time viewing of the controller’s I/O status, motor position and more.

– Setup: reads, edits, saves and restores all controller memory.

Scope:

The scope is designed to emulate a traditional digital oscilloscope. It provides intuitive measuring and

zooming tools, trigger tools, autoscale and more. There are a variety of trigger modes such as scan, auto

and normal, which allow the user to customize their waveform viewing experience. This tool can be

used for tuning, measuring motor settling time and overshoot, and measuring characteristics such as

resonances and backlash.

Tuner:

The tuner is designed to assist in optimizing a system’s performance. It provides a single interface for

editing filter parameters such as pole, notch and PID. The user can edit the controller’s torque limits,

voltage offset and feedforward parameters. The auto-crossover tuning algorithm is customizable, as well

as the tuner’s test signals. The tuner works seamlessly with GDK’s scope tool to provide an adaptable

tuning experience.

Viewer Tool:

The viewer tool allows customized real-time viewing of the controller’s I/O status, motor position and

more. This tool is convenient during troubleshooting and integration, since so many system parameters

can be viewed at once. The user can customize what is viewed by editing GDK’s XML

Setup Tool:

The setup tool allows the user to view, edit, backup and load controller memory such as parameters,

variables, arrays and the program buffer. This powerful tool enables the user to view all of the

controller’s important information, save it to a PC and load the information on multiple controllers, or

the same controller if a Master Reset was executed or new firmware was loaded. This tool will increase

productivity by saving time during integration and troubleshooting.

Terminal Tool:

The terminal tool provides easy communication to and from Galil controllers. It can be used to query the

controller’s parameters or execute a program. This tool can search command history, repeat or auto

repeat commands to print the terminal’s output.

Editor Tool:

The editor tool allows the user to write, save, download, upload and execute application code. With this

tool, multiple programs can be opened, edited and saved in one seamless user interface. The editor tool

includes toggling comments, a quick go to function and a find/replace mechanism.

New Communication Server:

GDK’s communications library, gclib, now uses a communications server by default. This software layer

works as a multiplexer to the hardware and allows multiple applications to communicate with the same

controller. Data that was once only available to one application is now distributed to all subscribing

clients. The benefit is that an application can leverage all communication features of a Galil controller

while an attached debugger, for example GDK, can also have full-featured access. Previously written

gclib code can use the server by omitting the “-d” switch in GOpen(). Install the latest version of gclib

and GDK to try the new server.

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:  Galil, Motion Controller, Motion Control, Servo Tuner, Electromate


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