New STAC6 Stepper Drives offer sophisticated motion algorithms and increased levels of programmability. The drives offer current output up to 6A, direct ac input without a transformer, bus voltages up to 200V ac and software selectable resolutions from 200 to 51,200 steps/rev at speeds up to 133 rps. New DSP-based algorithms focus on anti-resonance technology, demand signal smoothing, torque ripple smoothing and microstep emulation for systems that require low step resolutions. Self-Test and Auto-Setup features measure and configure motor parameters automatically. Macro assembly language programming provides register manipulation, conditional processing, math functions, multi-tasking capabilities, plus pulse & direction and encoder following capabilities for electronic gearing. For more information on the STAC6 Stepper Drives, visit http://rbi.ims.ca/4919-526.
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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.