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.

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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