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Intelligent motor controller targets mobile robot applications

Intelligent motor controller targets mobile robot applications

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The FBL2360 intelligent controller is capable of simultaneously driving two brushless DC motors up to 60 A each at up to 60 V. The device is aimed at automatic guided vehicles (AGVs), warehouse automation robots, police/military robots, and other high-power brushless motor control applications.

The controller accepts commands from either analog pedal/joystick, standard R/C radio for simple remote-controlled robot applications, USB or RS232 interface. Using the serial port, the FBL2360 can be used to design fully or semi-autonomous robots by connecting it to single-board computers, wireless modems or WiFi adapters.

Combined with the company’s MGS1600 magnetic guide sensor, the FBL2360 can be used to design an AGV with just two components. The controller’s two channels can be operated independently or combined to set the direction and rotation of a vehicle by coordinating the motors on each side (tank-like steering).

The FBL2360 also incorporates a Basic Language Interpreter, intelligent current sensing, regenerative braking support, and protection against overheat, stall, and short circuits. It is built into a 140-mm x 140-mm x 25-mm enclosure with an aluminum bottom plate for efficient conduction cooling. Pricing is $595 in single quantities, including cable and PC-based configuration software.

FBL2360 brushless DC motor controller information page
MGS1600 magnetic guide sensor information page

Roboteq, Inc. – www.roboteq.com

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