This driver has an integrated simple controller, and offers output current ranging from 0.2 to 2.5 amps/phase with step resolutions from full, 1/2, 1/4, and 1/8. It can be configured and controlled either by a simple RS485 communications bus or step and direction inputs. Different access codes can run multiple modules on the same bus. A non-volatile memory can save user-configurable parameters, and allow them to be restored after a power-down, power-up cycle. The R101 can be customized by Lin Engineering, including reprogramming the inputs for a keypad interface or re-coding the homing command to the index phase of an encoder.
Lithium-ion battery prices will drop rapidly over the next 10 years, setting the stage for plug-in vehicles to reach 5%-10% of total automotive sales by the mid- to late-2020s, according to a new study.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
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A recent Design News-exclusive study proves that engineering professionals are at the very forefront of this push into the future and making direct financial, performance, and value impact on their organizations by being personally involved or final decision-makers on automation solution and component choices.
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