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Maxon Motor has introduced the Epos2, a tiny new positioning controller specifically designed for controlling and commanding miniaturised applications in the CANopen network.

Three variations of the Epos2 24/2 are available, which are suitable for driving brushed DC and brushless EC motors up to 48W, with digital encoders and Hall sensors as required.

Measuring 50 x 40mm, the Epos2 24/2 offers a wide range of control functionality, including dual-loop position and speed controller.

A broad variety of modes, including position, current and velocity control, make the controller a flexible choice for automated systems, tools building and mechatronics, particularly where space is at a premium.

‘Interpolated Position Mode’ (PVT) allows for accurate, synchronous running with high dynamics and co-ordinated multiple-axle movements, while ‘step/direction mode’ gives incrementally controlled movement of the motor shaft, and master ‘encoder mode’ applies the drive as electronic gearing.

As part of Maxon’s second-generation Epos2 range, the controller’s compatibility with CANopen, according to CiA 40, is supplemented with USB and RS232 communication, including the key gateway functions USB-to-CAN and RS232-to -CAN.

Backwards compatibility in both mechanical and electronic aspects ensures the 24/2 has exactly the same dimensions and pin compatibility as its predecessor the Epos 24/1, but with added functionality and double the output power.

Similarly, the Epos Studio user interface enables engineers to transfer parameters from the 24/1 to the new 24/2 controller with ease, as well as fine-tuning its operation at will.

maxon motor is the world’s leading supplier of high-precision drive systems.

maxon has earned a reputation for constant innovation and unflinching reliability – seeing the company’s products used by the world’s top engineers in fields as demanding as space exploration, formula 1 racing and sub-sea applications.

The maxon product range is developed on a modular basis, giving literally hundreds of thousands of perfectly compatible motor, gear and controller combinations to suit a huge array of applications. With full customisation possible for almost every product, maxon’s experienced sales engineers are on-hand to assist design engineers select precisely the right solution for their needs.

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