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Mach Discussion => General Mach Discussion => Topic started by: davy182 on March 27, 2012, 10:28:26 PM

Title: servo and drivers
Post by: davy182 on March 27, 2012, 10:28:26 PM
What servo/driver combo would you recommend for good resolution and speed. I have only dealt in the past with gecko and keling. So using yaskawa or mitsubishi etc. is a change. Is there better benefits with these systems.
Title: Re: servo and drivers
Post by: Hood on March 28, 2012, 03:25:55 AM
AC servos are usually smaller than comparable powered DC servos of the same power/torque, they also tend to be capable of  faster RPM. For example the Allen Bradley motors I have on the Bridgeport are capable of 5000rpm continuous, are 1.2Kw and including the encoder they are smaller than the 916 ozin steppers I had on previously. Ac servos can often accelerate/decelerate faster than DC servos as the windings are in the body rather than the aramature, this also helps with heat dissipation as well.

Most industrial motors come with 2000/2500 line encoders although some have less (1024) and some capable of being set to as high as 4,000,000 counts per rev, the spindle motors I have on my mills/lathes have that capability.

Now which makes to get, well thats not easy to say as I really only have experience with Allen Bradley and Samsung drives but any of the known brands should be fine and even the Chinese makes that are starting to appear should be reasonable, I think Keling are now selling AC setups. The important thing is to really make sure you get matched sets of motor/drive and also unless you are going to be using something like the DSPMC or Galil you have to make sure they can accept step/dir signals.
Title: Re: servo and drivers
Post by: davy182 on March 28, 2012, 08:36:01 AM
Thanks Hood for the reply, very informative. Do the Allen Bradleys or Samsung servos have an auto tuning feature? I have always liked the compactness of the Allen Bradleys.
Title: Re: servo and drivers
Post by: Hood on March 28, 2012, 09:55:26 AM
The Samsungs you dont tune at all, they must just tune as you go. Not used the Samsung much yet at all, only for testing on the wee lathe so not sure how good or bad that method is. The Allen Bradleys do have AutoTune but its a one time thing, in other words the drive is not constantly retuning itself. I always start off with doing the auto tune then I tweak with manual tuning after until I am happy with them.
 I believe some of the Mitsubishis or possibly Yaskawas have the similar constant tuning that the Samsungs have but have never used them so cant comment.