TRINAMIC Motion Control GmbH which is now part of Maxim Integrated Products has introduced two new sets of slot type, embedded motion control modules, and development tools with real-time, sensor-free drive and control technology. These complete controller/driver modules optimize the power drawn by industrial motors, reducing wasted power by 50 % and enabling the use of three times bigger industrial stepper and brushless direct current (BLDC) motors (up to 7A).
The new devices keep the motor control system’s communications traffic low by processing real-time critical functions onboard and offloading demand on the system processor. There is 2-Phase Bipolar Stepper Solutions viz.5A RMS TMCM-1230 and 6.5A RMS TMCM-1231 that is integrated single-axis controller/driver slot type modules. Each of these powers 2-phase bipolar stepper motors and shares the same form factor and pinout for easy exchange.
The Field Oriented Control Solutions viz. 5A RMS TMCM-1637 and 7A RMS TMCM-1638 field-oriented motor controller/driver slot-type modules add Hall and ABN encoder capability for field-oriented control (or vector control). These modules support single-phase direct current (DC) motors, 2-phase bipolar stepper motors, and 3-phase BLDC motors.
The Free Integrated Development Environment (IDE) rapidly evaluates system performance and speed time-to-market. The Trinamic’s free IDE software along with the single-axis TMCM-BB1 or 4-axis TMCM-BB4 baseboards controlled with the TMCM-0930-TMCL microcontroller module.
Key Advantages of Embedded Motion Control Modules
- Less Power and Cost to Drive Bigger Motors: Integrated critical control reduces compute demand on the processor while reducing wasted drive power by 50 percent – permitting the use of larger motors.
- Easy Upgrade: The modules share the same form factor and pinout for easy exchange without rewiring to an external baseboard.
- Accelerate Time to Market: Intuitive integrated development environment helps the designer develop and test the system quickly.
Combined with the flexibility of a shared, swappable form factor, the modules offer an easy and straight-forward solution for powerful control of up to three times bigger motors. All products, along with the pricing and ordering information are available from Trinamic’s authorized distributors.