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Automation and Robotics, Robotics
Robotics in Automation: Working Arm-in-Arm with Humans
Automation and Robotics, Robotics, Servo Motors
Force Control in Actuators and Robot End Effectors
Step Motors, Motor Interfaces, Motor Setup, Servo Motors
Principles of Motor Selection
Liquid Handling, Automation and Robotics, Life Sciences, Automated Packaging
Build vs Buy Of A Three Axis Motion Controller
Digital Current Loop, Common Motion Architecture, Step Motors
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 significantly quieter and lower temperature motor operation which is beneficial in many applications. This article details how a digital current loop will result in a significantly quieter, faster running and lower temperature motor operation which is beneficial in many applications.
Motion Control Techniques, Motion Profiles, Juno Family ICs, Velocity and Torque, MC58113, N-Series ION
Feedforward in Motion Control - Vital for Improving Positioning Accuracy
Many motion applications require high accuracy both during, and at the end of, the move, but even if you are using perfectly optimized PID values to control position, the compensation loop is never perfect. You can improve motor performance by adding motion control elements outside of the PID loop. In this article, we will look at torque control and the related subject of torque FeedFoward, which will make your equipment run smoother, and deliver better accuracy.
Advanced Motion Control, Step Motors, Servo Motors and Drives, ION, Juno Family of ICs, MC58113
New Control Technique Combines Servo Performance With Step Motor Cost
Is There Life without the PLC? Building a Better Embedded Controller
Motion Control Techniques, Motion Profiles, N-Series ION, user defined profiles
Step Motors, Magellan, ION, Juno Family of ICs, Pro-Motion
Getting The Most Out Of Portable Medical Motion Control Applications
Motion Control Techniques, Medical Device Equipment, Automation and Robotics, Life Sciences, Magellan, Juno Family ICs, Digital Drives, MC58113
Motion Control Goes Small
Motion Control Techniques, Servo Motors and Drives
Servo Motor Tuning – Rocket Science or Walk In the Park?
Is servo motor tuning rocket science or a walk in the park? You decide! This article offers an overview of proportional, integral, derivative (PID) based servo tuning, and two standard manual tuning methods that work well for a large variety of machine designs. It shows that optimal parameters vary with application and performance goals, even for the exact same motor and amplifier setup.
Field Oriented Control (FOC), Step Motors, Servo Motors and Drives, Juno Family of ICs
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 motors are “multi-phase,” meaning they require some type of external coil excitation. Explore the most popular techniques for multi-phase motor control, including Field-oriented Control (FOC), and determine which techniques work best for various positioning and high-speed spinning applications.
Motion Control Techniques, Medical Device Equipment, Life Sciences, Automated Packaging
Mechanical Resonant Frequency and How to Analyze It
Explore why a machine is exhibiting mechanical resonant frequency and what tools can be used to analyze it.
Step Motors, Prodigy Motion Boards, Magellan, ION, Juno Family of ICs, Pro-Motion