New from Technosoft is the iPOS line of intelligent servo drives which offer higher power density on compact boards. With its modular design, to cover low and high volume applications, the first product – iPOS3602 (36V, 2A, 75W) – is a motion control and drive solution packed on only 21 x 54mm of PCB space.

This integrates all the basic motor control functions, motion control and PLC features on a small plug-in module. It is equipped with CAN/CANopen interfaces (optionally, an additional EtherCAT interface is also available), and controls any rotary or linear brushless, DC brush or step motor.

Capable of executing complex motion programs directly at drive level, this can operate as an intelligent EtherCAT and CANopen slave. In simple applications iPOS3602 works as a single-axis motion controller and drive in standalone mode, autonomously running the program residing in its non-volatile memory. In systems that request a host, the iPOS drive operates as an intelligent slave, executing motion sequences triggered by input lines or commands received via RS-232 or CAN bus. Motion capabilities include position or speed profiles (trapezoidal, S-curve), 3rd order PVT and 1st order PT interpolation, electronic gearing and camming, analogue or digital external reference, complemented with the cyclic synchronous position, speed and torque modes specific to EtherCAT.