ACS Motion Control's SPiiPlus UDMnt is an EtherCAT slave
Universal Drive Module that directly drives one or two axes. The Universal
Drive Module operates as an EtherCAT slave device to any SPiiPlus EtherCAT
master controller. The SPiiPlus UDMnt supports ac servo, dc brushless, dc
brush, closed and open loop 2- and 5-phase step motors. UDMnt devices can be
linked together on a network, allowing up to 32 axes of fully coordinated
The SPiiPlus UDMnt is available in
a 5, 10 or 20A peak current rating at up to 60V dc bus voltage, and has
dedicated encoder and limit inputs as well as general purpose I/O and robust
fault protection. The drive performs real-time control of position, velocity
and current at a 20kHz update rate for each axis.
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
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.