Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions Inc. offers the Haydon RoHS
compliant PCM4806 IDEA programmable linear actuator drive. The PCM4806 is the
most recent addition to the IDEA
Drive family of products. It’s optimized to
regulate a low current power stage suitable for controlling the smaller Haydon
can-stack linear actuators. With the addition of the PCM4806 to the IDEA line,
there’s a programmable drive available for use with just about the entire line
of Haydon stepper motor linear actuators.
The IDEA Drive
is a compact, easy-to-use electronic drive and fully programmable control unit
with a patent pending graphic user interface. Programming the drive is accomplished
through the use of on-screen buttons instead of complicated command sets or
other proprietary programming languages.
A unique feature of the graphic user interface is automatic
population of the motor and drive parameters based on entering a Haydon
actuator part number when prompted by the user interface. Complex parameter
calculations or in-depth stepper motor knowledge from the user is completely
unnecessary. For a more experienced user, default values can easily be adjusted
as long as they remain within the safe range calculated by the software. The
software allows the system designer to easily troubleshoot programs using
line-by-line or multiple line program execution using the interactive debug
feature. Inputs and outputs can also be simulated in software before ever
connecting actual I/O hardware.
Other features include programmable current control, a
single supply voltage of 12 to 48 VDC, 0.6 Arms (0.84 Apeak) max rated current
per phase, and eight opto-isolated general purpose I/O. The inputs are rated
for 5 to 24 VDC, 4 mA max per input. The outputs are open collector, 5 to 24
VDC, 200 mA maximum per output. Communications to the IDEA Drive is via a USB to mini USB.