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Technosoft motion control IPOS drives
2022-03-29

Technosoft Motion Control + 3 new extensions to the iPOS range

Technosoft specialise in developing  intelligent drives, and certainly live up to the term 'intelligent' by combining a powerful stand-alone motion controller with a compact form factor.   

Let's explore Technosoft's intelligent drive concept and their iPOS drive range. We will also discuss the three new extensions to the range, including a super-compact motion controller - the size of a coin!

Intelligent drives integrate a motion controller, with a capacity to implement complex movements, with a power stage. These stand-alone devices can sit outside of   the main system controller and provide ‘distributed intelligence’, they are compact and  provide high-power-density.

Used with all main motor technologies, Technosoft high-performance drives can be found in DC brushed and brushless applications, all the way to induction motors.

What does Technosoft do?

Being a leader  in the motion control field - Technosoft develops, designs, and manufactures motion control products that we at OEM distribute to our customers.

Technosoft's Motion Technology

The motion technology that Technosoft has created is based on delivering a compact, feature-rich, and cost-effective motion control solution, this thinking forms the basis to most of Technosoft’s products.

Here are a few key facts about Technosoft's motion technology:

  • Drives embedded with DSP motion controller for digital motor control
  • Single or multi-axis operation – drives facilitate distributed intelligence
  • Powerful trajectory generator with profiles such as jogging and contouring
  • Flexible and versatile motion control with high-level motion language
  • Easy integration with C and LabVIEW libraries
  • System is quick and easy to set up and diagnostics have dedicated software

Intelligent Drives

Compact, high-power-density and programmable motion control are a few of the features that form an intelligent drive. Technosoft's intelligent drives are flexible, with modular solutions and offer vertically or horizontally pluggable cards. The open-frame PCB's can be integrated onto the users' motherboard or protected by metal casings provided with push-on connectors. 

The latest intelligent drives featured in this article offer modular solutions for the position, speed, and torque control of DC brush, brushless, linear, and stepping motors. 

THE iPOS RANGE of intelligent drives by Technosoft

The iPOS range offers compact and high-power-density controllers, consisting of intelligent drives combined with an embedded motion controller, all in one unit. The iPOS range offers high power density and increased performance for your application.

These iPOS intelligent drives are cost-effective in both low-volume and high-volume applications.

Using a multi-axis master controller, such as the iPOS 360x SX - the master supervises the motion application and commands up to 6 on board iPOS drives, as slave controllers using Technosoft's own MotionChip™ DSP technology; Technosoft Motion Language (TML) and PVT profiles form the basis of these programmable servo-drives. Using these elements together with extensive I/O offers users advanced motion control capabilities.

CANopen and EtherCAT (CoE) protocols are supported by default for distributed control architectures. Installation and programming are simple due to the use of Technosoft Easymotion Studio. Various motion control libraries for PC and PLC are available, which allow full integration into the application.

The drives also include s-curves, electronic gearing, camming, and 3D motion commands.

3 new extensions to the iPOS range

See the new extensions to the iPOS range listed below. These extensions enhance the Technosoft range, offering additional options with respect to physical size, power handling and form factor/physical connections. 

These new drives, like all units in the iPOS range, are well suited  to applications where movements with extreme dynamics are required (robotic, semiconductor).

1. Super compact micro-sized motor controller - the size of a coin! (iPOS4803)

  • Available in both plug-in and stand-alone form factors
  • Only 8 grams in weight
  • 7-48V  3A continuous, 14A peak - 150W nominal output
  • Dual loop capability
  • RS232, EtherCAT and CANopen options
  • Ideal for machine builders where space and performance are critical factors

2. 1000W intelligent compact and freely programmable motor controller (iPOS4815)

  • Available in both plug-in and stand-alone form factors
  • 11-50V 15A continuous, 28A peak
  • Dual loop capability
  • High-power-density
  • RS232, EtherCAT and CANopen options

3. 700W intelligent, compact, and freely programmable motor controller (iPOS4810)

  • Available in both plug-in and stand-alone form factors
  • 1-50V 10A continuous, 40A peak
  • Dual loop capability
  • High-power-density
  • RS232, EtherCAT and CANopen options

The above motor controllers are suitable for brushless DC motors (BLDC motors and PMSM), brushed DC motors, stepper motors, voice coil actuators and linear motors.

Applications for intelligent drives and the iPOS range include:

  • Medical
  • Robotics
  • Semiconductors
  • Factory Automation
  • AGV

Features and Benefits of the iPOS range

Here are some key features and benefits of the iPOS range:

Features

Benefits 

Motion controller and drive in one single unit Two products in one
Brushless, brushed DC and stepper motors Universal, used for a range of motor types
Up to 10kHz EtherCAT and position control loop frequency Ultra-high control bandwidth
EtherCAT, CANopen, USB and RS232 communication Multiple communication protocols
Separate power supplies for logic (24V) and motor (24-48 V) Independent logistic supply
Safe Torque OFF – STO (sil3/Cat3/PLe) Industry accepted safety protocols 
Dual loop capability for positional correction Backlash compensation
Absolute encoder support (SSI, BiSS, EnDAT, Tamagawa, Nikon) Reduced cabling

We hope that this article gave insight into Technosoft and their intelligent drive concept, and an overview of the three new ranges now available.

To enquire or request more information about the iPOS range or any of Technosoft's products, please email [email protected].

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