Universal drive with EtherCAT and safety functionality

Paul Boughton

Technosoft has released iPOS4808 MY-CAT-STO, an intelligent drive with integrated motion controller offering 1 kW of peak power in a compact and flexible design.

Conceived as a plug-in solution for multi-axis systems requiring accurate position control and an EtherCAT interface, the iPOS4808 MY-CAT-STO intelligent drive offers Safe Torque Off functionality via dedicated HW implementation.This allows users to reduce the system’s cost, while increasing the safety level of their application.

Due to its motor control architecture, the iPOS4808 represents a universal drive solution for any motor that fits its power ratings – 48V; 8 A/20A.

Either brushed DC, brushless DC, stepper or linear motors can be controlled by the drive that supports as well a variety of feedback types ranging from incremental TTL or sin/cos encoders to absolute SSI or BiSS position sensors.

One drive for any motor technology brings a big advantage in terms of reducing the stock items as well as the implementation time, due to a user interface for all axes.

Another advantage is represented by the plug-in capability of the product that offers a large flexibility in terms of integration into the user’s motherboard — where the size, shape and connectors can be customized to respond exactly to the application requirements.

The iPOS4808 MY-CAT-STO is designed for high-end applications (eg, dual-loop control), where its advanced control architecture, integrating up to 9 digital filters, makes the difference in terms of motion control performance.