Motion Solutions' IDEA Drive
technology is now available across the line of linear actuator products
including the Size 17 stepper motor linear actuators, LRS and RGS linear rail
systems and ScrewRail linear actuators.
For maximum flexibility, the IDEA Drive is also available in a
stand-alone compact programmable drive module that will operate all Haydon
linear actuators up to and including the size 23.
The IDEA Drive technology utilizes a
patent-pending Graphic User Interface that allows easy programming of the
unit. Programming the IDEA Drive is
through the use of on-screen buttons instead of command sets or other
proprietary programming languages. The
software allows the system designer to troubleshoot programs through
line-by-line or multiple line program execution using the interactive "debug"
feature. I/O can be simulated and tested
in software before connecting any I/O hardware.
Other features include
programmable current control, a single supply voltage of 12 to 48V dc, up to
2.6 Arms (3.68Apeak) max rated current per phase, and 8 opto-isolated general
purpose I/O. The inputs are rated for 5
to 24V dc, 4mA max per input. The
outputs are open collector, 5 to 24V dc, 200mA maximum per output.
The IDEA programmable system is
useful for small gantry robots, motion systems for optics and lasers, high
resolution imaging and precision fluid dispense.
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