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How to select an encoder

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How to select an encoder

Big or small, the right encoder/sensor for your motion control application is crucial to meeting your system requirements. Before determining whether or not you need an encoder, or to ...
Optimizing A Control Architecture for High Accuracy Syringe Dispensing

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Optimizing A Control Architecture for High Accuracy Syringe Dispensing

Automated Liquid Handling systems are the preferred method when accurate dispensing of liquids is required. Two common architectures for ...
Techniques That Improve Automated Packaging Equipment Performance

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Techniques That Improve Automated Packaging Equipment Performance

What are 3 core motion control techniques that can improve performance? Web Tension Control Proportional Material ...
Get 2X Faster Development with Performance Motion Devices

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Get 2X Faster Development with Performance Motion Devices

For many OEMs, there’s no business case for do-it-yourself motion systems For OEMs like you, hitting your product ...
AI in packaging: Defining terms, assessing impact—Part 2

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AI in packaging: Defining terms, assessing impact—Part 2

Improve Liquid Handling Robot Throughput with Direct Path Planning

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Improve Liquid Handling Robot Throughput with Direct Path Planning

Liquid Handling Robot systems are typically based on a gantry mechanism utilizing X, Y, and Z axis. While fast moves along a single axis ...
Motion Controller Design Architectures - A Deep Dive

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Motion Controller Design Architectures - A Deep Dive

Get a detailed look at design choices for building a machine controller that provides precision motion control.
Improving Liquid Handling Pumping Through Optimized Feedback

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Improving Liquid Handling Pumping Through Optimized Feedback

Liquid Handling Robot systems oftentimes use peristaltic pumps to deliver reagents and other fluids to test sites. Although some ...
AI in packaging: Defining terms, assessing impact—Part 1

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AI in packaging: Defining terms, assessing impact—Part 1

Pan and Tilt Camera Control

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Pan and Tilt Camera Control

Pan and tilt systems used in today's robotics applications must move fast, smooth, and accurately. Read how an off-the-shelf motion solution maintains path to a lower cost custom ...
Peristaltic Pump Controller Solution Note

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Peristaltic Pump Controller Solution Note

Understand what type of fluid pump works best, and what motor controllers deliver precision pumping. Understand how to achieve precision fluid handling.
Add a 5th Axis to 4-axis Medical Sample Delivery System

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Add a 5th Axis to 4-axis Medical Sample Delivery System

Struggling with adding an end effector to your multi-axis motion control application? Read how you can add a 5th axis to a medical sample delivery machine.
Microscope X-Y Stage Positioning Application

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Microscope X-Y Stage Positioning Application

Looking to maximize accuracy, smoothness, and speed of microscope X-Y stage positioning? Try positioning with dual-loop control and S-curve motion.
Precision Fluid Handling

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Precision Fluid Handling

Get a deep dive into the world of precision fluid handling and the motion control techniques that are used in this fast-growing field.
S-Curve Motion Profiles - A Deep Dive

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S-Curve Motion Profiles - A Deep Dive

S-curve motion profiles add “smoothing” segments to the traditional 3-phase trapezoidal profile (accelerate, coast, decelerate). Why is this better? The answer is beyond the motor, ...
Keep Your Step Motor Position with A Closed Loop Motion Control System

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Keep Your Step Motor Position with A Closed Loop Motion Control System

Step motors are a common solution for controlling the position of moving components. Learn about the benefits of using a closed-loop motion control system.
Common Motion Problems and How to Fix Them - Part II

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Common Motion Problems and How to Fix Them - Part II

We continue with our deep dive series that gives you tools to diagnose common motion control problems and get your machine back on track!
Field Oriented Control (FOC) - A Deep Dive

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Field Oriented Control (FOC) - A Deep Dive

Brushless DC, step, and DC brush motors are the three most commonly used motor types for positioning and velocity motion control applications. Of these, brushless DC and step ...
Common Motion Problems And How To Fix Them - Part III

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Common Motion Problems And How To Fix Them - Part III

We wrap up our common motion problems deep dive series on how to diagnose problems and get your machine back on track!
Use Torque FeedForward to Get More From Your Motion Controller

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Use Torque FeedForward to Get More From Your Motion Controller

In this article, we will look at torque control and the related subject of torque FeedFoward, which will make your equipment ...
Packaging Automation - A Deep Dive

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Packaging Automation - A Deep Dive

Get a closer look at packaging automation machines that dispense, seal, and label.
Mathematics of Motion Control Profiles

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Mathematics of Motion Control Profiles

This article will review the mathematics of motion profiles and help you understand which profiles work best for which applications. You'll gain valuable insights into how to tune ...
Selecting The Right Motion Control Amplifier

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Selecting The Right Motion Control Amplifier

Get a detailed look at motion control amplifiers. The choice when selecting an amplifier can have a big impact on your machine's cost and performance.
Mechanical Resonant Frequency and How to Analyze It

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Mechanical Resonant Frequency and How to Analyze It

This article will explore why a machine is exhibiting mechanical resonant frequency and what tools can be used to analyze and fix it.
Pick and Place Machine

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Pick and Place Machine

Create motion control architecture that simplifies programming, provides fast pick & place transfers and supports multiple motor types.
Design FAQs: Motion Control Amplifiers

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Design FAQs: Motion Control Amplifiers

What’s A Motion Control Amplifier? A
Commutation and Motor Control Techniques

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Commutation and Motor Control Techniques

Whether you build your own controller or buy off-the-shelf, knowing how to implement these new approaches is important for maximizing cost-effectiveness, and minimizing project ...
Mathematics of Electronic Motor Control

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Mathematics of Electronic Motor Control

In the last ten years several trends have been at work to drive the use of sophisticated, complex motor control algorithms. The most important trend is the desire for lower energy ...
Motion Software - Part II

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Motion Software - Part II

Part II of a two-part deep dive into the world of motion software - both the kind that lets you tune your system, and the kind used to write your machine's application code.
Motion Control Software Setup - The Basics

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Motion Control Software Setup - The Basics

Overview of the basics of setup and using motion control software. It includes a deep dive into our Pro-Motion development software.
Motion Control ICs Make Their Move

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Motion Control ICs Make Their Move

Learn about choices in motion control electronics and focuses on cost savings that result in integrating functions that were previously separated.
Motion Control Architectures

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Motion Control Architectures

While advances in motion control are important, equally important are changes that have come in the area of the architecture of the motion controller.
Servo Motor Tuning - A Deep Dive

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Servo Motor Tuning - A Deep Dive

Is servo motor tuning rocket science or a walk in the park? You decide! In this deep dive, we provide an overview of PID-based servo motor tuning and introduce ...
Multi-Chamber PID Pressure Control

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Multi-Chamber PID Pressure Control

Learn how to control the pressure of a single or multi-chamber PID pressure control using off-the-shelf motion control chips.
Regenerative Braking - A Use Case

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Regenerative Braking - A Use Case

Recapture the energy from a vehicle's braking & downhill operation to recharge the vehicle's battery.
Low Cost End Effector Controller Solution Note

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Low Cost End Effector Controller Solution Note

ow weight and precise torque control are the key to controlling very high-performance, general purpose end effectors.
Motion Control Networks

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Motion Control Networks

Engineers face choices regarding motion control network buses, protocols, and a host of technical issues and this article lays out costs and features.
Position Encoder Deep Dive: New Measurement Techniques Drive Data Formats

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Position Encoder Deep Dive: New Measurement Techniques Drive Data Formats

With positioning motion control applications, one position feedback device has been king of the hill for a long time - the incremental optical encoder with quadrature output. This ...
Performance Motion Devices Delivers IC for Velocity and Torque Control

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Performance Motion Devices Delivers IC for Velocity and Torque Control

Ultra-efficient and Powerful Define New Family of Juno® Velocity and Torque Control ICs for Lab Automation and Healthcare Applications ...
Haptic Feedback in Motion Control

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Haptic Feedback in Motion Control

Motion control applications involving direct control by an operator, anyone from a pilot to a surgeon, remotely controlling a robot or mechanism are known as “telerobotic” systems. The ...
High-Speed Centrifuge Motion Control Application

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High-Speed Centrifuge Motion Control Application

Create a centrifuge using a stand-alone machine controller that delivers high-speed BLDC rotation while maintaining perfect position registration.
Common Motion Problems and How to Fix Them - Part I

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Common Motion Problems and How to Fix Them - Part I

Everyone working in motion control has a war story; be it the machine that stopped working mysteriously or the motor that wouldn't stop vibrating. A deep dive provides some ammunition ...
Eight-axis Automated Lighting Motion Controller

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Eight-axis Automated Lighting Motion Controller

Automated lighting has become very complex. Read how to build an eight-axis motion controller that supports centralized synchronization and a mix of power.
Configuration Dependent Indexing Solutions

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Configuration Dependent Indexing Solutions

This use case presents how an external motion controller may be used as indexer in assembly systems with static or dynamic indexing configurations.
Improving Performance Of An Automatic Door Controller

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Improving Performance Of An Automatic Door Controller

Improve performance and lower maintenance costs of sliding doors that detect impediments with an electronic motion control system.
Blood Analyzer Motion Control Application

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Blood Analyzer Motion Control Application

Using a blood analyzer as an example, get some insight on how to efficiently create a multi-motor, multi-axis motion control architecture that is compact.
How to Build An Automatic Product Labeler Solution

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How to Build An Automatic Product Labeler Solution

Here are some ways to build a product labeler application that precisely aligns to the moving product, but can be used with a variety of conveyor systems.
Regenerative Braking, Part II

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Regenerative Braking, Part II

The second part of our regenerative braking and battery regeneration deep-dive uses a theoretical model to prove the existence of steady state regeneration and provides insight ...
Regenerative Braking - Part I: Steady State Analysis

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Regenerative Braking - Part I: Steady State Analysis

In this two-part piece, we investigate the conditions at which battery regeneration can occur. The emphasis of this article is on regenerative braking and the analysis of a battery ...
Top 10 Tips - Things to Know About Motion Controllers

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Top 10 Tips - Things to Know About Motion Controllers

Here are a few tips from the experts about the proper specification, location, and how to avoid mishaps.
Spin Coating Application for Semiconductor Wafers

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Spin Coating Application for Semiconductor Wafers

Accurate velocity contouring for controlled coating thickness is critical and this use case explains how to maximize uniformity of thin film thickness.
Tuning Servo Motors

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Tuning Servo Motors

Get an overview of proportional, integral, derivative (PID) based servo loops, and learn about two new standard manual tuning methods that work well too.
Web Tensioning Solution Note

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Web Tensioning Solution Note

High performance motion trace is the key to optimizing the design of a general purpose web tensioning motion controller.
Motion Kinematics

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Motion Kinematics

A deep dive into motion kinematics specifically machines with non-Cartesian movement systems, including armed robots such as SCARA or PUMA robots.
Advanced Step Motor Control

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Advanced Step Motor Control

A broad look at controlling step motors, including basic operating theory, and then introduce a range of new motion control techniques.
Healthcare Packaging Featured Article

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Integrated Circuits for Precise Step Motor Control and Safety

Juno Integrated Circuits (ICs) ideal for machine designs with limited space that require controlled noise, vibration and power consumption.
Juno Velocity & Torque IC Family Datasheet

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Juno Velocity & Torque IC Family Datasheet

The Juno® Family of ICs provide advanced velocity and torque control for brushless DC, DC brush, and step motors. They are the ...
Juno Gets Advanced Performance and Safety Features for Step Motor Control Systems

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Juno Gets Advanced Performance and Safety Features for Step Motor Control Systems

Latest Addition to Juno IC Family Provides Ultra-Smooth, Quiet Motor Operation with Advanced Current Control and Safety Features Specifically for ...
Endrich Extends Portfolio in Key European Markets

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Endrich Extends Portfolio in Key European Markets

Endrich Extends Portfolio with Embedded Motion Control Technologies and Will Provide Local Service and Support in Key European Markets ...
Digital Current Loop Significantly Quiets Step Motor Noise

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Digital Current Loop Significantly Quiets Step Motor Noise

Conventional step “current chopper” drives result in a large amount of step motor noise, needless motor heating, and consume more current. A digital current loop will result in ...
ATLAS Digital Amplifiers Expand Flexibility with New Communication Capabilities

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ATLAS Digital Amplifiers Expand Flexibility with New Communication Capabilities

Performance Motion Devices Delivers on Customer Requests for Additional Motion Control Options AACC 2018 and Westford, MA – July 31, ...
Motoring to Success

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Motoring to Success

Before selecting the best motor, or motors, for your design project, take time to understand what kind of positioning controls and functionality you need. In this article, ...
MC58000 Electrical Specifications

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MC58000 Electrical Specifications

MC58113 Electrical Specifications

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MC58113 Electrical Specifications

MC55000 Electrical Specifications

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MC55000 Electrical Specifications

Magellan Motion Control IC User's Guide

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Magellan Motion Control IC User's Guide

Magellan Motion Processor Developer's Kit Manual

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Magellan Motion Processor Developer's Kit Manual

Magellan Motion Control IC Programmer's Command Reference

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Magellan Motion Control IC Programmer's Command Reference

MC58113 Developer’s Kit User's Manual

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MC58113 Developer’s Kit User's Manual

C-Motion Engine Development Tools Manual

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C-Motion Engine Development Tools Manual

DK74113N Developer Kit User Manual

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DK74113N Developer Kit User Manual

DK73112N Developer Kit User Manual

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DK73112N Developer Kit User Manual

Juno Velocity & Torque Control IC Programming Reference

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Juno Velocity & Torque Control IC Programming Reference

Juno Step Motor Control IC User Guide

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Juno Step Motor Control IC User Guide

Juno Torque Control IC User Guide

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Juno Torque Control IC User Guide

MC78113 Electrical Specifications

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MC78113 Electrical Specifications

DK78113 Developer Kit User Manual

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DK78113 Developer Kit User Manual

Juno Velocity & Torque Control IC User Guide

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Juno Velocity & Torque Control IC User Guide

Atlas Digital Amplifier User's Guide

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Atlas Digital Amplifier User's Guide

Atlas Digital Amplifier Complete Technical Reference

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Atlas Digital Amplifier Complete Technical Reference

Embedded Advisor Recognizes Performance Motion Devices

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Top 20 Medical Devices Design & Solution Provider

Performance Motion Devices is recognized in Embedded Advisor's special medical device issue as a Top 20 Medical Devices Design & Solutions provider.
Motion Performance Trace

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Motion Performance Trace

Machine designers have a difficult task. More often than not they are asked to squeeze the maximum possible performance out of a machine design for the ...
Techniques to Precisely Synchronize Motion Axes - A Deep Dive

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Techniques to Precisely Synchronize Motion Axes - A Deep Dive

Many motion applications require precise synchronization of one or more axes. Understand some of the important approaches toward motion synchronization and have some fun with a ...
ION/CME Digital Drive User’s Manual

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ION/CME Digital Drive User’s Manual

ION Digital Drive User’s Manual

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ION Digital Drive User’s Manual

Phase Initialization Step By Step Guide

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Phase Initialization Step By Step Guide

Here's your step by step guide to phase initialization on the Navigator and Pilot motion control processors.
Meet the Juno IC family.

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Meet the Juno IC family.

You've never met this much power, control, and safety in an IC this compact. Performance runs in the family.
WPI’s CARP Robotic System

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WPI’s CARP Robotic System

The goal of this project was to bridge the gap between robotic and human capabilities through the development of a custom autonomous robotic painter.
Atlas Digital Amplifier Datasheet

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Atlas Digital Amplifier Datasheet

The ultra-compact Atlas® Digital Amplifier provides single-axis high-performance torque control of Brushless DC, DC Brush and Step motors. Use it for direct control of motor torque or in ...
Magellan MC58000 Electrical Specifications

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Magellan MC58000 Electrical Specifications

ION Digital Drives Datasheet

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ION Digital Drives Datasheet

Stand-alone motor drives deliver intelligence and power in a compact package. Performance Motion Devices digital drives are ideal for medical, scientific, lab automation and ...
Magellan Motion Control IC Family

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Magellan Motion Control IC Family

Magellan MC55000 Electrical Specifications

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Magellan MC55000 Electrical Specifications

Magellan MC58113 Electrical Specifications

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Magellan MC58113 Electrical Specifications

Magellan MC58113 IC Datasheet

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Magellan MC58113 IC Datasheet

Our Magellan® MC58113 Motion Control IC provides high-performance motion control with an integrated digital current loop for medical, ...
Prodigy/CME Machine-Controller Motion Control Board User's Guide

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Prodigy/CME Machine-Controller Motion Control Board User's Guide

Prodigy/CME PC/104 User’s Guide

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Prodigy/CME PC/104 User’s Guide

Prodigy/CME Stand-Alone Motion Control Board User's Guide

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Prodigy/CME Stand-Alone Motion Control Board User's Guide

Prodigy PC/104 Motion Card User’s Guide

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Prodigy PC/104 Motion Card User’s Guide

Prodigy/CME Machine Controller Datasheet

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Prodigy/CME Machine Controller Datasheet

Our Prodigy ®/CME Stand-Alone Motion Control Boards provide machine designers and 
PMD Resource Access Protocol Programmer's Reference

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PMD Resource Access Protocol Programmer's Reference

Prodigy Motion Boards Datasheet

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Prodigy Motion Boards Datasheet

Our Prodigy®-PC/104 Motion Control Boards provide Brushless DC, Step, and DC Brush motor control. They communicate via a PC/104 bus, CAN bus, or serial port. PC/104 boards are ...
Prodigy PCI Motion Control Board User's Guide

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Prodigy PCI Motion Control Board User's Guide

Prodigy/CME PCI Motion Control Board User's Guide

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Prodigy/CME PCI Motion Control Board User's Guide

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