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Intuitive dev't kit targets motion control apps

Posted: 09 Jul 2014  Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Trinamic Motion Control  motion control  stepper motor 

Trinamic Motion Control, a developer of motor and motion control technologies, has released the TMCM-1043-KIT development system. Aimed at Trinamic's highly integrated, NEMA 17-compatible TMCM-1043 stepDancer stepper motor module, the development kit provides designers an easy-to-use PC-based GUI that enables one-click modification of motor drive current, micro-stepping and other key parameters, stated the company.

The intuitive kit is custom geared for use with Trinamic's TMCM-1043 electronic assembly, which is developed for direct mounting on a NEMA 17 motor. Pre-programmed and pre-configured with all operating parameters to support standard 1.5A (peak) motors, the TMCM-1043 board uses Trinamic's single-axis TMC2660 stepper motor driver IC, which integrates a motor pre-driver and power MOSFETs. Controlled by industry standard step/direction pulses, the TMCM-1043 module automatically performs all motor coil current calculations, while driving an external NEMA 17 motor with the industry's lowest RDS(on) MOSFETs, resulting in minimal power dissipation, indicated the company.

While the TMCM-1043 module is designed for off-the-shelf use, the development kit enables engineers to quickly optimise their designs through modification of key parameters. For example, a wider range of motor capabilities can be accommodated by modifying current specifications; legacy software can easily be re-used by modifying the number of micro-steps per full rotation; and motor holding torque can be optimized by modifying standby current.

The TMCM-1043-KIT- is a turnkey solution with PC control software, programming adaptor, power supply, and three TMCM-1043 modules and a NEMA 17 frame test motor, priced at less than $300.

TMCM-1043 modules are available in production quantities. The recommended resale price between 1 and 1000 pieces is in the range of $30 to $40.





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