MOTIONEERING(TM) is a Windows-based software tool that allows the motion-control designer to choose an application; define a motion profile; and select the optimum servomotor, amplifier, and power supply. The software's database of motor types includes dc servo, brushless servo, direct-drive linear and rotary, and vector ac. A key feature of the software is the "project" approach where multiple axes of motion and their product solution are combined. This allows power supply and shunt regeneration calculations to be done based on the simultaneous operation of multiple axes.
Kollmorgen Motion Technologies Group, 201 Rock Rd., Radford, CA 24141, FAX (540) 731-0847.
Festo's BionicKangaroo combines pneumatic and electrical drive technology, plus very precise controls and condition monitoring. Like a real kangaroo, the BionicKangaroo robot harvests the kinetic energy of each takeoff and immediately uses it to power the next jump.
Design News and Digi-Key presents: Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX, a crash course that will look at defining a project, selecting a target processor, blocking code, defining tasks, completing code, and debugging.
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