MOTION CONTROL:Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions‘ Haydon RoHS compliant IDEA™ programmable stepper motor drive is a compact, easy-to-use electronic drive and fully programmable control unit with a patent-pending graphic user interface. Programming the drive is through the use of on-screen buttons instead of complicated command sets or other proprietary programming languages.
In addition to the graphic user interface programming, another unique feature of the IDEA Drive is automatic population of the motor and drive parameters based on entering a Haydon actuator part number when prompted by the user interface. Complex parameter calculations or in-depth stepper motor knowledge from the user is completely unnecessary. For a more experienced user, default values can easily be adjusted as long as they remain within the safe range calculated by the software. The software allows the system designer to easily troubleshoot programs using line-by-line or multiple-line program execution using the interactive debug feature. Inputs and outputs can also be simulated in software before ever connecting actual I/O hardware.
Other features include programmable current control, a single supply voltage of 12 to 48V dc, 2.6Arms (3.68Apeak) max rated current per phase and eight opto-isolated general purpose I/O. The inputs are rated for 5 to 24V dc, 4mA max per input. The outputs are open collector, 5 to 24V dc, 200mA maximum per output. Communications to the IDEA Drive is via a USB to mini USB.
Some humanoid walking robots are also good at running, balancing, and coordinated movements in group settings. Several of our sports robots have won regional or worldwide acclaim in the RoboCup soccer World Cup, or FIRST Robotics competitions. Others include the world's first hockey-playing robot and a trash-talking Scrabble player.
A recent example of a major CAE revamp is MSC Apex, released last month by MSC Software Corp. In a discussion with Design News, MSC executives noted that its next-generation platform is designed to substantially reduce CAE modeling and process time, “in some cases from weeks down to hours.”
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