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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

New DMC-500×0 EtherCAT Master Multi-Axis Motion Controller from Galil Motion Control

Galil DMC-500x0 EtherCAT Master Multi-Axis Motion Controller

Galil DMC-500×0 EtherCAT Master Multi-Axis Motion Controller

The DMC-500×0 EtherCAT Controller is Galil Motion Control’s newest entry in its latest generation of digital motion controllers.  Incorporating all of the features of our flagship Accelera series controller and designed with compatibility and flexibility in mind, the DMC-500×0 allows integration of remote EtherCAT drives into new and existing applications with just a handful of configuration commands.  The DMC-500×0 is offered in 1 through 8 axis formats.  Axes 1 – 4 can be configured as either local or EtherCAT drives while axes 5 – 8 can be configured for additional EtherCAT drives.

Unique to the motion control industry, this ability to mix and match local and EtherCAT drives on the same controller provides increased flexibility for any application.  In addition, the DMC-500×0 is fully compatible with Galil’s internal servo and stepper motor amplifiers as well as third party external drives.

CLICK HERE to view more information on the DMC-500×0 EtherCAT Master Multi-Axis Motion Controller  from Galil Motion Control.

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, DMC-500×0, EtherCAT, Motion Controller, Motion Control, Automation, Motor Control, EtherCAT Master, Electromate

Galil White Paper: Advanced Applications of Electronic Gearing

Part 1 of 3: Tension Control on Spindle Wheel

Introduction

Electronic gearing in motion control allows for a slave axis to follow a master axis with a programatically set gear ratio.  There are certain applications that obviously lend to an electronic gearing solution, but there are some challenging applications where the functionality of electronic gearing can greatly simplify a solution in a manner that may not seem obvious at first.  This series of three papers will discuss how electronic gearing can provide simple solutions to different motion control challenges.

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Tags:  Tension Control, Spindle Wheel, Galil, Electromate, Electronic Gearing, Motion Controller, Motion Control, Automation, Motor Control

Introducing the DMC-52xx0 EtherCAT Master. Galil’s first 32 axis motion controller

Galil Motion Control introduces the DMC-52xx0 EtherCAT master, Galil’s first 32 axis motion controller. This new addition to Galil’s EtherCAT family is a pure EtherCAT controller with the ability to control up to 32 drives and 2 I/O modules. This space efficient package also provides uncommitted I/O for easy integration into any EtherCAT application.

Galil's DMC-52xx0 EtherCAT Master Motion Controller

Galil’s DMC-52xx0 EtherCAT Master Motion Controller

The DMC-52xx0 is offered in 2, 4, 8, and 16 axis formats (32 axis coming soon). Coordinated moves can be done within banks of up to 8 axes allowing for minimal changes of Galil’s programming language. The DMC-52xx0 operates in Cyclic Synchronous Position mode (CSP). In this mode, the servo control loop is closed on the EtherCAT drive while the Galil controller sends motion profile commands at a rate of 1 kHz. Galil supports a host of EtherCAT devices for virtually any application. See the list below for more details.

Designed to solve complex motion problems, the DMC-52xx0 can be used for applications involving jogging, point-to-point positioning, position tracking, contouring, linear and circular interpolation, electronic gearing, ECAM and PVT. The DMC-52xx0 makes configuration and programming easy with just a handful of EtherCAT configuration commands and Galil’s intuitive, two-letter programming language.

The DMC-52xx0 comes with one Ethernet port for communication with a host PC and one EtherCAT port to communicate with EtherCAT drives. Multiple EtherCAT drives can be linked together in a daisy chain configuration and connected to the controller’s EtherCAT port, simplifying wiring and decreasing setup time. One USB port is also provided for alternative communication with a host PC. The DMC-52xx0 is packaged in a compact metal enclosure measuring 9.75” x 5.00” x 1.60” and is powered by a single 90-250 VAC supply.

CLICK HERE for information on the DMC-52xx0 EtherCAT Master Controller from Galil.

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:   Electromate, Galil, DMC-52xx0, EtherCAT, EtherCAT Master, Motion Controller, Motion Control, Machine Control, Motor Control

Closed-Loop Stepper Motor Performance Gains

A New White Paper from Galil Motion Control

Galil White Paper PicModern motion controllers can include the ability to run stepper motors with encoder feedback, resulting in true closed-loop motion control. This mode of motor control is very similar to standard three-phase brushless servo motor control, where the three phases are offset 120 electrical degrees. With steppers, the motor has two phases offset by 90 electrical degrees. The benefits of closed-loop control with stepper motors include greatly improved velocity smoothness and reduced power consumption compared to open-loop steppers and much higher torque at low velocity compared with traditional three-phase brushless servo motors…

Click on the link below to download this complete White Paper.

http://www.electromate.com/db_support/downloads/GalilArticleForSmoothMotion.pdf

Click on the link below for information on Galil’s Motion Controller Family-

Galil’s Motion Controller Family

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

Optimized System Design using Dynamic Drives

There are two basic requirements that state-of-the-art machines, systems and devices must meet in order to succeed in the market: an extensive range of functions and high reliability.  Dramatically improve the throughput and performance of machines as well as the quality of the goods produced by these machines using highly dynamic DC motors and dynamic positioning control technology.   Click on this link to read the complete white paper.

 

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

 

Tags:  maxon, maxon motor, maxon DC motor, Electromate, servo motor, BLDC motor, brushless motor, flat motor, pancake motor, automation, electric motor, motion control, maxpos, automation, motion control, motion controller

Live Webinar on May 13: The Evolution of Ethernet in Motion Control


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