New EPOS Programmable Smart Drive/Controllers Come with Comprehensive Feedback Options

Press Release Summary:

Maxon’s EPOS4 50/8 and 50/15 EtherCAT Programmable Smart Drive/Controllers are designed for controlling permanent magnet-activated motors having encoders in the range from 1 to 1050 W continuous output power. Units are suitable for use with brushed DC and brushless EC motors and for use in networks with cycle times up to 1 ms. The controllers feature feedback options include hall sensors, incremental and SSI absolute encoders and offer reliable Ethernet connection.

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Maxon’s New EPOS Programmable Smart Drive/Controller Positioning Made Easy

EPOS is a modular, digital positioning controller by maxon motor. It is suitable for controlling permanent magnet-activated motors with encoders in a range of 1 to 1050 W continuous output power. The wide range of operating modes, as well as various command interfaces, make it versatile for use in many different drive systems in the fields of automation technology and mechatronics.

With the EPOS4 Compact 50/8 EtherCAT and EPOS4 Compact 50/15 EtherCAT, maxon launches the first compact devices compatible with the fast industrial Ethernet connection EtherCAT. The fully integrated, plug-and-play positioning controller in a compact design is perfectly suited for use in networks with cycle times up to 1 ms.

Powerhouse with excellent control characteristics

The functionality, operation, software, and accessories of the new controllers are derived directly from existing products in the EPOS4 range. The devices are suitable for use with both brushed DC and brushless EC motors (BLDC) and come with comprehensive feedback options such as Hall sensors, as well as incremental and SSI absolute encoders. State-of-the art concepts such as FOC, feed forward, and observer control allow optimal control in a wide variety of applications.

Comprehensive functional scope and easy operation

The existing digital and analog inputs and outputs are freely configurable and ideally matched to the numerous functions and operating modes of CiA-402 positioning controllers. Products are set up using the EPOS Studio graphical user interface (Version 3.4 and higher) for Windows PCs. In addition to the intuitive commissioning software, Windows DLL and Linux Shared Objects libraries are freely available to make integration into a wide variety of master systems as easy as possible.

Additional information on the EPOS Positioning Controller can be found at-

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Warren Osak
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