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New Concept Multi-Output Motion Platform Controller Board

Discussion in 'SimTools compatible interfaces' started by McController, Sep 20, 2021.

  1. McController

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    Hi everyone,
    I'm a simulation enthusiast and I'm building a controller board for motion platforms on my own.
    Characteristics:
    Power supply +12/24V.
    High-performance 32bit MCU 120Mhz.
    Capability to handle up to 12 actuators (pulse/dir), up to 12 inputs, and up to 16 digital outputs (open collector).
    Two serials (one RS232 and one RS485) and one Ethernet port.
    Possibility to expand the functionality with exp. boards.
    Those who are interested can contact me in PVT even because the electronic shortage
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  3. McController

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    These are some pictures of my controller. For those are interested

    MotionCard.png


    MotionCard_SERIAL.png

    MotionCard_INPUT.png

    Attached Files:

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  4. PeterW

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    Hi @McController
    Wellcome to the community!
    Your controller board looks interesting! Pls. can you give us some more information, especially how to wire things, what motors/motor driver can be connected, which functions does the controller have? Can it comminicate with Simtools or the "mover interface" from @pmvcda,....
    Thanks a lot!
    Wickie
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  5. Gadget999

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    It looks neat

    How do you program it ?
  6. pmvcda

    pmvcda aka FlyPT

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    Cool, give us more info/specs.
    Some connection examples/videos and how to control it by serial or UDP (Ethernet port?)
  7. McController

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    Hi everyone,
    These are some specs of the board but, if you have some suggestions, they are welcome.

    Motion Card 1.0 Specifications:
    - Power supply +12/24 Vdc.
    - Up to 24 differential output.
    - Up to 12 optoisolated inputs 12/24V.
    - Emergency function capabilities.
    - Fast 100 Mb ethernet port.
    - 1 RS485 port
    - 1 RS232 port
    - OLED display
    - Support FlyPT mover
    - Support DIR/PULSE motor drive


    Motion Card 1.0 Features:
    - Serial or Ethernet interface
    - Very low latency <1 msec - 500 Khz max pulse rate
    - Software endstop
    - Spike filters
    - Parameter modification from PC software (coming soon)
    - auto home calibration (with endstop)
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  8. McController

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    Depends of the election shortage, we are ready technically ready to commercialize it but there isn't CPU on the market right now
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    I will publish here the instructions when will be available
  10. PeterW

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    Hi again @McController
    I am still not sure, whether I understood your controller correctly. So here I made a sketch how I understand the function and use of your controller:
    20211013_182055.jpg
    If you make it possible to connect a PC with SimTools or mover-interface running to an industrial motor controller, then I think you will open a new chapter in DIY-simbuilding!
    My wishlist:
    - usable also for software-noobs like me. So no need to study programming
    - support for different optional interfaces/protocols for industrial motor-controllers
    - Good and easy user interface
    - good manual
    - not tooooo expensive:grin

    Wickie
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    Last edited: Oct 13, 2021
  11. McController

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    I have thought that the board-to-driver ethernet connection is not an easy and flexible solution like DIR/PULSE or the analog (the board has also analog signals +-10V capabilities with an opportunity expansion board that will come soon).
    There is also a latency problem on protocols like the Modbus or similar (tested yet without good results).


    BlockSchematic.jpg





    Answering your welcome advice:

    - usable also for software-noobs like me. So no need to study programming

    No programming skill need, the parameters are not much and will be available a graphics interface soon for the setup



    - support for different optional interfaces/protocols for industrial motor-controllers

    Will be available the customization input protocol in order to accept industrial systems inputs even though is not easy, need time to collect and implement all protocol where possible but is projected to use the board for industrial purpose



    - Good and easy user interface

    This is on progress developing



    - good manual

    The goal is that the UI will be so intuitive that the manual should be a quick help in the software itself



    - not tooooo expensive

    This is the first target of our job, We would like to stay under the 150$ better closest to 100$
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    Love seeing new hardware, good work @McController!
    Take care,
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