Corcelles, Switzerland Technosoft introduces the ISCM4805 Intelligent Servo Control Module targeted at medium to high volume applications with cost optimized hardware structure. Based on Technosoft's latest MotionChip DSP Control Technology, the ISCM4805 is software configurable and has comprehensive diagnostic features. It is able to drive brushless, DC brush or step motors up to 200 W (48 V, 5 A) and embeds motion control, drive and PLC functionalities in a single open frame unit. Its size is 80 x 50 x 17 mm. A 240 W (80 V, 5 A) version (ISCM8005) is also available. The ISCM4805 is easily programmable with high-level Technosoft Motion Language (TML) in a graphical environment, in stand alone or multi-axis configurations. Torque, speed, position, contouring, profiling, e-cams and step motor emulation are the multi-mode motion operations of this servo module. Accepted sensors are tacho generators, incremental encoders, digital or linear Halls. Typical applications include distributed motor control with the possibility of electronic gearing or CAM functions over CAN (optionally CANopen) or RS232 networks. Starter kits and motion libraries (C++, Delphi, Visual Basic and PLCopen libraries for various PLCs) are the ideal environment for evaluating this product and integrating it into final projects. Cost optimized design and networking possibilities make the ISCM4805 a perfect solution for various applications. Technosoft SA , Corcelles, Switzerland. www.technosoftmotion.com.
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