Monday, October 2, 2023

Open-Source Reference Design Speeds Robotic Gripper Designs

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Industrial automation engineers can rely on this toolkit that simplifies the development and commissioning of robotic end-of-arm tooling (EoAT) solutions.

Trinamic Motion Control provides an open-source reference design for developing processes of industrial robotic end-of-arm tooling (EoAT). According to Trinamic, the TMCM-1617-GRIP-REF is integrated with the hardware-based field-oriented control (FOC) and three communication ports to shrink the electronic robotic gripper design size by three times and reduce EoAT development time in half.

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The design features Maxim Integrated’s industrial-grade MAX22000 high-precision configurable analog input/output and MAX14906 quad-channel digital input/output to adjust the multiple modes of the Trinamic TMCM-1617 single axis servo driver.

Designed to fit within the standard form-factor used for EoAT grippers, the TMCM-1617-GRIP-REF reference design supports industrial EtherCAT, IO-Link or RS-485 communication, provides software-programmable audio and digital input/outputs, and can be configured using the Trinamic Motion Control Language Integrated Development Environment (TMCL-IDE). The company says this combination of reference design and software platform provides a simple way for design engineers to rapidly deliver a complete EoAT solution.

Key Advantages

• Speed Time to Market: The open-source EoAT gripper reference design is a fully integrated, intelligent hardware platform that provides motor control algorithms as well as protocol stacks to reduce end of arm tooling development time in half.

• Reduce Size: The reference design integrates hardware-based FOC, software configurable input/outputs, and three communication protocol stacks into a compact solution size that measures 4,197 mm2.

• Increase Productivity: Real-time adjustment of the various TMCM-1617 servo drive modes, including gripper position and gripping force, boost flexibility for higher factory throughput.

Availability and Pricing

The TMCM-1617-GRIP-REF reference design is available for $571.10 from Trinamic authorized distributors. The design CAD files for the TMCM-1617-GRIP-REF are freely available on the Trinamic’s GitHub repository.

For more details on the reference design, click here.


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