Trinamic Claims Smallest and Lightest Servo Controller Module for BLDC MotorsApril 18, 2020 by Paul Shepard
Trinamic Motion Control GmbH & Co. KG announced their robust and highly qualified single-axis servo controller module. Designed for servo drives with 18A RMS and 8- to 28-Vdc, it's equipped with TMCL, EtherCAT, or CAN and RS485 interface. The TMCM-1617 is an extremely lightweight, miniaturized single-axis servo drive for 3-phase BLDC motors with +24V supply.
The ultra-lightweight aluminum housing, which is conform DIN EN 60529, and cutting-edge feature set make the TMCM-1617 a key enabler for medical, aerospace, and robotics. Customization and different casing options are possible.
Trinamic's Founder and CEO Michael Randt explains the idea behind the remarkable product: "Technology is changing at an increasing pace. New applications and markets like cobots and New Space have risen over the past few years, driven by miniaturization and higher accessibility of components. To push innovation further, engineers need to have access to master keys. Small building blocks providing easy access to industry-leading features and sophisticated functions already embedded in hardware. Our TMCM-1617 is such a master key. Designed especially for medical, robotics and logistics systems in need of smaller and lighter drives, the potted module features our hardware-based field oriented control, supporting low-inductance and highly dynamic motors."
Capable of previously unachieved high-current loop frequencies to keep the current ripple low, the potted module enables ever-smaller electric drives with extremely high dynamics. It supports a wide range of encoders for position feedback, including incremental encoders, analog encoders, and digital hall sensors as position feedback. This, together with the integrated field oriented control in hardware and customization options, makes it a highly efficient solution for rugged servo drives across the board.
Trinamic's potted servo controller module executed a highly accelerated life test (HALT) with ambient temperature from -40°C up to 85°C operational temperature and mechanical vibrations up to 30GRMS.
Available through Trinamic's distribution channels, the drive is configured to be soldered on the TMCM-1617-BB baseboard. Trinamic also offers customization of the TMCM-1617 carrier board or integration services to meet application-specific designs.
Features and benefits:
- Servo drive for 3-phase BLDC motors
- 8- to 28-Vdc supply voltage
- Up to 18A RMS motor current
- RS485, CAN and EtherCAT® interfaces
- CANopen and TMCL protocol
- Incremental and analog encoder feedback
- Digital HALL sensor feedback
- Reference Switch Inputs
- Cooling via aluminum housing
- L/W/H: 36.8mm x 26.8mm x 11.1mm
- Weight: about 24g