The R256 single-axis controller and driver is engineered to feature the same compact size as its predecessor, yet is capable of increased microstepping resolution and higher output current. It is capable of step resolutions ranging from 2× to 256×, and it operates from +12 to 20V dc. Its phase current ranges from 0.1 to 2A peak. It is designed to be programmed via serial port and used as a stand-alone unit with no PC connection required.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.