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.
A slew of announcements about new materials and design concepts for transportation have come out of several trade shows focusing on plastics, aircraft interiors, heavy trucks, and automotive engineering. A few more announcements have come independent of any trade shows, maybe just because it's spring.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
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