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Did You Know? Interrupts with the OI Command

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Aug
26
by Bob Loyzim

Q programmer is a versatile application that permits programmed motion to be combined with digital I/O. The combination can occur in several ways: sequentially, simultaneously and armed-at-all-times.

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Using a Step Motor as a Generator

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Jun
02
by Jeff Kordik

Use a motor as a generator, you say? Surely those are completely different things. Turns out, they aren’t. If the motor is driving the load, it’s a motor. If the load is driving the motor, it’s a generator. Most of the motor applications I work with involve point to point position control: in getting from Point A to Point B, the motor must accelerate to some speed, then decelerate such that the motor speed reaches zero just as we arrive at Point B. During acceleration, energy is supplied to the motor as it drives the load.

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Did You Know? New 3D Printer from 3DP Unlimited

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Jun
02
by Don Macleod
Applied Motion Products recently took delivery of a 2nd generation 3D printer manufactured by 3DP Unlimited. This new 3D printer is one of the largest available with a work area of around 1m by 1m by 1/2m. This massive work area allows developers to explore the characteristics of large scale prototypes quickly to either confirm performance prior to tooling commitment or make a functioning part in the case of one-off unique requirements.
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Did You Know? Bit-wise AND Digital Inputs in Q Programs

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Apr
28
by Bob Loyzim

 All Q programmable drives provide digital inputs that can be used singly or in combination. In programs where only a single input must be examined the TI (Test Input) command is commonly used. The TI command can be used sequentially to test many inputs one right after the other, but it can be cumbersome to create a decision tree in this fashion. A better method may be to bit-wise AND the I/O register. The result is a number that represents the ON & OFF conditions of only the inputs of interest.

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Did You Know? How a Step Motor Works

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Mar
27
by Jeff Kordik
Though it's long been rumored that step motors are driven by tiny hamsters on wheels contained inside, I can assure you that this is not only untrue, but also promulgated by unscrupulous pneumatic actuator salesmen.
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DC Servo Systems with Industrial Networking

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Dec
19
by Ken Doner

You probably already know about the excellent networking capability of the Applied Motion Products DC stepper offering. Did you know that Applied Motion also has CANopen, EtherNet/IP Modbus RTU, and the ASCII based Streaming Command Language (SCL) networking options for the SV7 Series DC servo amplifiers? Additionally, Modbus TCP/IP is just around the corner with a scheduled release in Q1 2015.

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Motion Control Mode Switching “on the fly” is Easy and Powerful

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Nov
26
by Matt Cole

Applied Motion Products has always prided itself in developing easy-to-use products, including both hardware and software. Programmable drives can turn what would otherwise be a basic stepper or servo drive into a very smart independent controller that will auto-execute a customized Q program upon power up and react to numerous input conditions, including digital inputs and motor position feedback. This type of technology has been around for years here at Applied Motion.

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The Path to Superior Technology Enlightenment

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Oct
10
by Anonymous

Brian Mason, Regional Sales Engineer – Southwest

Applied Motion Products is like an iceberg. At the tip, you know them to be a renowned manufacturer of high-precision, cost-effective motion control products. Below the surface however is where the real action is! Advanced algorithms such as step smoothing filters, harmonic waveform smoothing and electronic damping propel our technology ahead of the curve. Let’s dive into these technology characteristics with competitor data analysis to showcase why ours is better.

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