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Motor Drive Controller

TrustAutomation (San Luis Obispo, CA) has released the TA600 4-axis stand-alone motion controller for use with brushed, brushless, and stepper motor drives, featuring dual processors, a DSP processor, and a high-speed microcontroller. The TA600 firmware is C language programmable, with a 3-letter command set, user programmable macros, and programmable Enable, Fault, Home, and Limit levels. An integrated Emergency Stop circuit is also included. Features are: point-to-point, trapezoidal, S-curve profiling; linear interpolation; position velocity time and analog feedback profiling; electronic gearing; and fast event capturing inputs. Three PID with feedforward tuning filters help with standing, moving, and stopping. Dual bi-quad filters for each axis control system harmonics. Options include digital-to-analog converters. The unit is designed for use with a 24 to 28 VDC supply at 0.5 to 6 Amps (fused).

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Servo Amplifier

Copley Controls (Canton, MA) introduced the Model 800-1514 dual-axis servo amplifier for current (torque) control of brushless servomotors. The unit accepts encoder and Hall feedback data from a range of servo motor types. Drive torque is controlled by a ±10 V command from a motion controller or PLC, and uses CME 2 Windows software. The unit operates on a 20 V to 55 V isolated DC supply and delivers two independently controlled outputs (4 A peak, 3 A continuous), and communicates with the set-up computer via a RS232 link. Industry standard buffered encoder output, ±10 V torque command, and all control signals are optically isolated. The device provides 5 VDC output for encoder and Hall sensor operation, as well as dual-channel status indicators, protection circuits for voltage, load, temperature, and l2t current limiting. Dimensions are 6.58 × 3.9 × 1.17".

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Axis Motion Software

National Instruments (Austin, TX) released NI Motion Assistant 2.0 interactive software for prototyping single- and multi-axis motion control systems. Motion profiles from CAD and drafting programs can be imported using a DXF file format, and the software facilitates the implementation of profiles in NI CompactRIO programmable automation controllers or generation of code for PCI/PXI plug-in motion controllers. After saving a motion profile as a DXF file in a CAD or drafting program, the software can be used to import the profile and save motion-specific commands in an XML file format without writing additional code. Also featured is smart contouring and a graphical, point-and-click interface with 3D visualization capabilities for creating motion control applications using stepper, servo, and piezo actuators.

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DC Gear Motors

Nidec Copal USA Corp (Torrance, CA) offers the MG16 series of sub-miniature brush DC motors with high torque planetary boxes. The 8-model series is RoHS compliant and measures 16 mm. Available gear ratios include 60:1, 120:1, 240:1, and 500:1 with two excitation voltage levels of 6 VDC and 12 VDC. Performance ranges from 4.86 oz-in rated torque at 164 rpm and 22.6 oz-in starting torque for the 6-volt model with a 60:1 ratio, to 28 oz-in rated torque at 21 rpm and 146 oz-in started torque for the 12-volt model with a 500:1 ratio. Maximum gear motor weight for the 500:1 gear ratio is 1.24 oz. All models can operate from 0°C to 50°C ambient temperature range. Options include an encoder.

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Product of the Month: CCD Color Camera

Toshiba Imaging Systems Division (Irvine, CA) offers the IK-TF9C three-chip, color CCD camera with a 2048 × 1536 pixel output resolution. It offers a full frame rate of 20 fps and a partial scan rate of 40 fps. The camera’s proprietary scan technology eliminates image-jitter for high-speed industrial machine vision applications.

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Fiber Laser Control Kit

Nutfield Technology (Windham, NH) offers a fiber laser and scan-head control kit that contains software, electronic control, X/Y scanning, scan lens, power, and cables. Included in the kit is the PipeLine laser/scanner control rack with WaveRunner laser/scanner control software, a SurfBoard USB control card with power supply, and an IPG Laser control/protection board. PipeLine is mounted in a 1U 19" rack with breakout connections. The kit also includes an XLR8 2-axis packaged scan head that features a fiber laser collimator mounting bracket with an optional electromechanical safety shutter. Applications include marking, engraving, and cutting.

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Xenon Flash Lamp

The SIL 500 Joule multi-headed Xenon flash lamp from Specialised Imaging Ltd. (Tring, Herts., UK) is for use with ultra-fast cameras that have short recording times. When using high-speed cameras to fast record transient phenomena, very short exposure times are necessary to arrest image motion — typically a few nanoseconds. The flash lamps create high-intensity illumination for short periods of time (2 mSec) that can be controlled and synchronized to match the time frame of an event being recorded by an ultra-high-speed camera.

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