Motion card integrates high-performance amplifiers, motion control package

Product Exclusive: PMD Prodigy/CME Machine Controller Card integrates up to four amplifiers and a positioning motion controller on one printed circuit card.

07/08/2013


PMD Prodigy/CME Machine Controller Card integrates up to four amplifiers and a positioning motion controller on one printed circuit card. Courtesy: Performance Motion Devices Inc.Performance Motion Devices Inc. (PMD) announces a new family of Prodigy motion cards that combines a full-featured four-axis motion card with high-performance on-card amplifiers. The PMD Prodigy/CME Machine Controller Card uses PMD Atlas digital amplifiers to eliminate the need for external amplifiers, allowing new levels of convenience, integration, and cost savings for applications in life sciences equipment, scientific automation, robotics, and general purpose automation.

Machine Controller cards are offered in 1, 2, 3, and 4-axis configurations, and control the torque, velocity, and position of dc brush, brushless dc, and step motors. They measure just 7.8-in. x 4.88-in. (19.8 cm x 12.4 cm), providing a small form factor for space constrained designs. Communications to the card include 10/100 Mbps Ethernet with UDP and TCP protocols, serial RS232, serial RS485, and CANbus.

These advanced motion cards are based on PMD Magellan Motion Processors, which perform motion command interpretation and numerous other real-time functions. Users can program a variety of motion profiles including S-curve, trapezoidal, velocity contouring, and electronic gearing. Servo loop compensation uses a full 32-bit position error, PID with velocity and acceleration feedforward, integration limit, and dual biquad filters for sophisticated control of complex loads.

Machine controller cards include a powerful C-Motion Engine module (CME), which allows developers to download and execute their application code directly on the card. Program development is simplified through the use of the PMD C-Motion development suite that includes an extensive library of proven motion control code as well as an array of development and debug tools. The powerful C-Motion command set includes an extensive source code library of motion commands that speeds development of C/C++ programs.

These cards provide 32 channels of digital and analog I/O, along with numerous additional features, such as non-volatile RAM storage, a 468 KB dual ported RAM for trace and multi-dimensional contouring, up to 2MB of user program space, quadrature and absolute SSI encoder input formats, and a full complement of motion inputs, such as limit switches, index signals, and Hall signal inputs.

Each machine controller card hosts up to four Atlas Digital Amplifiers, one for each motion control axis. These advanced amplifiers provide up to a kilowatt of drive capacity with an input voltage range of 12-56V, a continuous current rating of 14 amps, and a peak current rating of 25 amps. Atlas amplifiers offer high-performance features including field oriented control, short circuit protection, over-temperature sense, I2t current monitoring, selectable PWM rate, and ultra-precise current trace.

The new PMD Prodigy/CME Machine Controller Cards are available in OEM quantities starting at $695.

More about PMD

PMD provides motion control ICs, cards, and drive modules for use in positioning motion applications as well as torque and velocity control applications. All PMD products provide high-performance motion control supporting dc brush, brushless dc, step, and microstepping motors.

- Edited by Mark T. Hoske, content manager, CFE Media, Control Engineering, mhoske(at)cfemedia.com.

ONLINE

www.pmdcorp.com 

www.controleng.com/products



Anonymous , 07/23/13 09:57 PM:

Where can I get comprehensive information about this controller? I am specifically looking for a new controller from my CNC Router that uses an external position sensor for each motor. My current router uses steppers with no external feedback and anything that drags on an axis goes unchecked, which produces a product that has wrong dimensions. I have learned to compensate, but I would really like to rebuild my table with new technology to eliminate the issues.
PMD , United States, 07/25/13 01:54 PM:

Thank you for your interest in the Prodigy/CME Machine Controller Card. To learn more please contact PMD at +1 978 266 1210 or motion-control@pmdcorp.com.
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2013 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
The Leaders Under 40 program features outstanding young people who are making a difference in manufacturing. View the 2013 Leaders here.
The new control room: It's got all the bells and whistles - and alarms, too; Remote maintenance; Specifying VFDs
2014 forecast issue: To serve and to manufacture - Veterans will bring skill and discipline to the plant floor if we can find a way to get them there.
2013 Top Plant: Lincoln Electric Company, Cleveland, Ohio
Case Study Database

Case Study Database

Get more exposure for your case study by uploading it to the Plant Engineering case study database, where end-users can identify relevant solutions and explore what the experts are doing to effectively implement a variety of technology and productivity related projects.

These case studies provide examples of how knowledgeable solution providers have used technology, processes and people to create effective and successful implementations in real-world situations. Case studies can be completed by filling out a simple online form where you can outline the project title, abstract, and full story in 1500 words or less; upload photos, videos and a logo.

Click here to visit the Case Study Database and upload your case study.

Bring focus to PLC programming: 5 things to avoid in putting your system together; Managing the DCS upgrade; PLM upgrade: a step-by-step approach
Balancing the bagging triangle; PID tuning improves process efficiency; Standardizing control room HMIs
Commissioning electrical systems in mission critical facilities; Anticipating the Smart Grid; Mitigating arc flash hazards in medium-voltage switchgear; Comparing generator sizing software

Annual Salary Survey

Participate in the 2013 Salary Survey

In a year when manufacturing continued to lead the economic rebound, it makes sense that plant manager bonuses rebounded. Plant Engineering’s annual Salary Survey shows both wages and bonuses rose in 2012 after a retreat the year before.

Average salary across all job titles for plant floor management rose 3.5% to $95,446, and bonus compensation jumped to $15,162, a 4.2% increase from the 2010 level and double the 2011 total, which showed a sharp drop in bonus.

2012 Salary Survey Analysis

2012 Salary Survey Results

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.