maxon motor announces EPOS4 Compact 50/8 EtherCAT and EPOS4 Compact 50/15 EtherCAT digital positioning controllers

  • June 26, 2018
maxon motor announces EPOS4 Compact 50/8 EtherCAT and EPOS4 Compact 50/15 EtherCAT digital positioning controllers
maxon motor announces EPOS4 Compact 50/8 EtherCAT and EPOS4 Compact 50/15 EtherCAT digital positioning controllers

June 26, 2018 – 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 range of operating modes, as well as various command interfaces, are intended 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 devices compatible with the industrial Ethernet connection EtherCAT.  The integrated, plug-and-play positioning controller is suited for use in networks with cycle times up to 1 ms.

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 control in a variety of applications.

The existing digital and analog inputs and outputs are freely configurable and 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 commissioning software, Windows DLL and Linux Shared Objects libraries are available for integration into a variety of master systems.   

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