The ION dc brush drive from PMD Corp. provides distributed control in an asynchronous serial network (RS485) version or a CANbus network version, based on the company's Magellan motion processor.
ION performs profile generation, servo compensation, stall detection, field-oriented control, digital torque control and other motion functions, and work with dc brush, brushless dc and microstepping motors.
ION provides an output capability of up to 15A peak and 500W at 56V. Other features include hardware-performance trace, on-the-fly profile changes, and PLC-style inputs and outputs.
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