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13-cm3 servo-drive

Winning “Technical Innovation of the Year” with CANopen

Published 2018-06-11

Elmo Motion Control’s (Israel) servo drive, the Gold Twitter, has won the “Technical Innovation of the Year” at the 2018 Motion Control Industry Awards. It comes with a CANopen interface.

Gary Busby (centre left) and Craig Gaukroger (centre right) of Elmo Motion Control receive the Technical Innovation from host Helen Fospero and Steve Bramley of category sponsor Gambica (Photo: Elmo)

Ideal for high performance in limited space, the Gold Twitter drive weighs less than 20 g and measures the size of a postage stamp (volume of less than 13 cm3), yet can deliver over 5 kW of continuous qualitative power. Additionally it can drive any type of motor with single, dual, or gantry loop configurations. The drive fully supports CANopen communications, and is compliant with all safety and EMC standards, and incorporates STO (SIL-3). As well as performing precision motion tasks, its resolution current sensing allow it to be deployed as a sensing device for precision telemetry.

It is used in applications such as surgical robotics, Cara robots, exoskeletons, automated and rail guided vehicles, automated warehousing, aerospace, collaborative robotics, and semiconductors. The drive’s (35 mm at its widest point) design allows it to be mounted on robotic joints, on a moving load, or in close proximity to the motor.

Receiving the award, Gary Busby, Managing Director at Elmo, said: “We’re very pleased to have been recognized with this award. The Gold Twitter packs an immense amount of intelligence and power into a miniature electronic device, and its versatility opens up limitless applications in which it can perform. With this drive, Elmo has taken servo drive power density to the next level, and it is a wonderful feeling to have had this achievement recognized by our peers in the motion control industry”.

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