Intelligent motor drive supports CANopen - Embedded.com

Intelligent motor drive supports CANopen

Motion control specialist Technosoft has introduced an intelligent plug-in minidrive unit, designed for applications where space is limited. The board controls complex motions without the need for an external controller while at the same time supporting CANopen communication standards.

The PIM2401 is characterized by its miniature size (39x44x14 mm) and weight (15 g) which allow it to be mounted horizontally or vertically, inside the machine or near the motor. The drive is manufactured with simple pins; this architecture reduces the time needed to assemble it. PIM2401 controls DC, brushless, linear and step motors up to 25 W (24 V, 1 A).

With its small dimensions, PIM2401 embeds a digital drive, a powerful motion controller and PLC functionalities in the same unit. One of the key advantages of PIM2401 is its ability to execute complex motions without requiring any external controller. Complex movement sequences can be programmed directly on the PIM, while system control functions are handled from the supervising PC or PLC. Motion modes as contouring, profiling, gearing, electronic camming, PVT are easily executed in stand-alone or multi-axis configurations.

PC and PLC motion libraries are available for the drive's quick industrial integration. Starter kits will help users to evaluate it and develop specific projects. PIM2401 supports CiA standard DS-30 v4.02 CANopen. Incremental encoders, digital and linear Halls are incorporated by default.

All these features — plug-in design, embedded intelligence and miniature size — make the PIM2401 a suitable motion control solution for industrial applications where space is critical and the machines / PCBs need to be kept uncrowded, Technosoft promises.

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