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Introducing Galil’s Family of Motion Controllers April 13, 2016

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Galil Logo SnippetGalil manufactures a wide range of single and multi-axis motion controllers designed to solve a wide range of motion control applications.  For clarity, the controllers are broken down into their respective communication formats.  The most common PC based solution is the plug and play PCI Bus.  Other PC based form factors include ISA, VME, CompactPCI, and PC/104 boards.  For applications where a Stand-Alone controller (not dependant on a PC) is needed, there are controllers with RS232, USB and Ethernet connectivity.

Galil’s Single / Multi-Axis Motion Controller Platforms includes:

Galil Controller Accessories

Galil also provides many accessories such as interconnect modules and cables for fast and easy prototyping. Software tools such as WSDK for servo tuning and analysis, and an ActiveX Tool Kit speed system development.  In addition, Galil offers servo motors and amplifiers to complement its line of controllers.

Since their introduction of the first microprocessor-based motion controller in 1983, Galil has remained the industry’s leading innovator.  Galil’s unparalleled array of motion controllers – for both stepper and servo motors – is backed by superior technical support and can accommodate the most demanding applications – with absolute precision.

Over 500,000 controllers sold worldwide!

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New 1-Axis Controller with internal 800W sine drive from Galil March 15, 2016

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Galil DMC-30012

Galil DMC-30012

The DMC-30012 Series is Galil’s latest generation single-axis motion controller. It uses a 32-bit RISC processor to provide higher speed than older models. The DMC-30012 features an internal 800-Watt brushless sine drive which minimizes space, cost and wiring .The motion controller operates stand-alone or can be networked to a PC via Ethernet. Features include:

• Single-axis motion controller with on-board 800 W brushless sinusoidal servo amplifier; 10 A cont.,15 A peak at 20-80 VDC rated
• Two daisy-chainable Ethernet 100 Base-T ports. One 115kbaud RS232 port
• Ethernet supports multiple masters and slaves. TCP/IP, UDP and Modbus TCP master protocol for communication with I/O devices
• Encoder feedback up to 15 MHz. Quadrature standard; SSI and BiSS encoder option. Main and auxiliary encoder inputs
• Non-volatile memory for programs, variables and arrays
• Concurrent execution of four programs
• Optically isolated forward and reverse limit inputs and homing input 8 uncommitted, isolated inputs and 4 isolated outputs
• High speed position latch and output compare
• 2 uncommitted analog inputs and 1 uncommitted analog output

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Introducing Galil’s New C Programing Library June 10, 2015

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gclib is a C-compatible application programming interface (API) for communicating with Galil motion controllers and PLCs.
Features include:

  • Currently supports Windows, Ubuntu, Red Hat, and Fedora.
  • C interface for maximum compatibility and portability.
  • Extensive examples and support for multiple compilers.
  • Open source component allows modifications in the field.
  • Open source implementation of the GalilTools Communication Library (Galil.h) for existing code.

In February Galil introduced a new C application program interface (API) library.  This library gives programmers access to powerful routines to interact with Galil motion controllers in a wide variety of application development environments.  To download the APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) click on  http://www.galil.com/downloads/api

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Galil Now Offers EPICS Driver Baselines October 3, 2014

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EPICS stands for Experimental Physics and Industrial Control System.  It is a set of open source, distributed software tools used extensively for scientific instruments such as particle accelerators, telescopes, and other large-scale experimental installations.  Using EPICS, scientists are able to network together arbitrarily complex systems of nodes, such as motion controllers, PLCs, instrumentation, and other software and hardware agents.  Using a read/write protocol called Channel Access, the Input/Output controllers (IOCs), can interact while providing high-level functionality and interaction for sophisticated physics applications.

Galil now offers the EPICS Driver Baseline.  As shown in Illustration 1, this software provides communication drivers and device support to create a Galil EPICS IOC.  The software comes with the basic support needed for building a feature-rich IOC including the following:

– Support for the DMC-3x01x, DMC-4000, and DMC-41×3 Ethernet based controllers.  Galil communications libraries allow extension to PCI-based controllers such as the DMC-18×6, DMC-18×2, and DMC-18×0.  The array access feature allows easy extension to Galil’s line of RIO-47xxx PLCs.

– Basic Motor Record Support, which is an EPICS IOC Record designed specifically for motion controllers.  See Table for some example fields imn the EPICS Motor Record.

Using the EPICS Channel Access feature, Galil array data can be read and written directly from the EPICS network.  Coupled with DMC code embedded on the controller, the EPICS user can easily extend the EPICS support to any desired Galil firmware feature or programmable function.  The array access feature, which is part of the Galil EPICS driver, allows quick deployment in an EPICS system without requiring a deep knowledge of EPICS IOC development.

 

Field Description
ACCL Acceleration, Deceleration specified in seconds. Duration of the accel/decel region.
ATHM At home. State of HM input.
DHLM Dial High Limit. Essentially a soft forward end of travel.
DLLM Dial Low Limit. Essentially a soft reverse end of travel.
DMOV Motion complete Boolean. 1 = finished; 0 = moving.Uses motion complete bit from data record.
EGU Engineering units. Galil baseline normalized to counts/steps.
ERES Encoder step size in EGU
HOMF Home Forward. Set to 1 to initiate home.
HOMR Home Reverse.  Set to 1 to initiate home.
HVEL Homing velocity.
ICOF Integral Gain (KI normalized). Valid range; 0.0 <= ICOF <= 1.0
JAR Jog Acceleration (EGU/s/s).
JOGF Jog motor forward.  Set to 1 to initiate jog forward.
JOGR Jog motor reverse.  Set to 1 to initiate jog reverse.
JVEL Jog Velocity.
MRES Motor step size (EGU)
PCOF Proportional Gain
REP Raw Encoder Position
RMP Raw Motor Position. The contents of the hardware’s step-count register.
STOP Stop motion. Set to 1 to initiate stop (ST)
VAL Desired position. Will call a PA/PR to move the motor.
VELO Velocity (EGU/s)
VMAX Max Velocity (EGU/s)

Table 1: Examples of helpful Motor Record Fields

 

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The DMC-40×0 and DMC-41×3 Now Have Twice The Program Memory! August 8, 2014

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Galil is pleased to announce our latest firmware release, revision 1.2, for the DMC-40×0 and DMC-41×3. This release provides an increase in program memory from 2000 x 80 characters to 4000 x 80 characters, and an increase in the total array elements from 16,000 to 24,000.

Galil DMC-4143 Controller

Galil DMC-4143 Controller

See complete story at: http://www.galilmc.com/techtalk/motion-controllers/the-dmc-40×0-and-dmc-41×3-now-have-twice-the-program-memory/

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Tips for Using Galil Optoisolated Outputs: A New 2-Minute Video from Galil April 1, 2014

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Tips for using Galil Optoisolated Outputs Video

Galil has recently added a new video to its growing library of 2-minute instructional videos.  This latest video gives recommendations for wiring and supply voltages when connecting to the optically isolated outputs on Galil controllers.  This video focuses on best practices for connecting the outputs between the controller and load, and for connecting an external power supply to assure true optical isolation is maintained.  Proper connections when using the various output options such as sourcing or sinking, supply voltages, and current ratings are discussed. Techniques for by-passing the optical isolation circuitry are also presented. >>Watch Video

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Galil Provides Custom Motion Controllers and PLCs to Meet Project Specifications February 18, 2014

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Galil is focused on providing the best motion control and PLC solutions to customers quickly and cost-effectively.  If our standard product offering does not satisfy a customer’s requirements, we will build a special controller that can.  Over the years we have produced thousands of custom hardware and software solutions; more than 50% of our customers use customized motion controllers and PLCs in their machines.

Galil Custom Controller

Galil Custom Controller

Custom motion controllers and PLCs consist of hardware and/or firmware modifications.  An example of a hardware solution might include a unique form factor, special connectors, user-specified communication interfaces, integrated amplifiers, or additional I/O.  Our hardware specials have a typical lead time of 12 weeks for prototypes with an NRE cost as low as $1000.00 US.

Controller firmware modifications may include coordinate transformation, ceramic motor control, custom filters or even custom I/O commands.  The cost for custom firmware starts as low as $400 US.

The typical lead time is 2 weeks for minor modifications and up to 8 weeks for a more complicated solution.

The process of creating a custom motion controller or PLC requires iterative collaboration between Galil and the customer. The procedure for requesting and receiving a custom controller is:

• A customer brings a special request to our engineering team.

• An engineer on the team works closely with the customer to define the solution.

• Once it’s defined, the Galil team writes a detailed specification and generates a quote. The quote includes charges for engineering, the estimated lead time and the unit price at the specified quantity (we give quantity discounts).

• The customer reviews the specification and quote, signs it and sends it back to Galil.

• The customer issues a purchase order.

• Galil’s R&D team develops the custom solution, tests the solution, and documents the changes.

• The solution is delivered to the customer within the specified time frame.

• After delivery to the customer, Galil’s engineering team continues to provide technical support free-of-charge during implementation at the customer site.

Galil is committed to delivering the best standard or custom controller solution to our customers, along with superior technical support for the life of the project.

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Galil Controller Helps Deliver Amazingly Clear 3D Images January 21, 2014

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Viewing ultrasound images of a developing child is a sight to behold — even if it is a bit hard to make out.  Those once fuzzy images are more revealing than ever due to the iU22 ultrasound system from Philips Medical Systems. I t fully integrates 2D, 3D and real-time 4D imaging modes, as well as multiplanar reconstruction (MPR) resolution that rivals acquired 2D plane definition.  As a result, expectant parents can quickly identify the very distinct anatomic features of their child — including the fetal heart.  And, clinicians and doctors can diagnose with greater depth and accuracy.

The iU22 delivers detailed images using its mechanical probe or transducer, which incorporates a unique gimble mechanism that is powered by a single brushless motor.  Prior probes used gears that provided slow frame rates, causing the image to “chunk” along as the clinician moved the probe over a patient.

The motor is controlled by a customized, single-axis motion controller and drive combination from Galil.  The controller features a Proportional-Integral-Derivative (PID) filter with acceleration and velocity feed-forward functionality for accurate control and smooth motion.  It also handles high bandwidths and compensates for high-frequency noise.  These features help the iU22 3D probe perform with high accuracy and stability between frames, which eliminates any wobbly or bouncing images.

To help speed the iU22 to market, Philips went to Galil for the motion controller to keep costs down and knowing that Galil could handle the noise and accuracy specifications.  Galil was able to take Philips existing single axis DMC-1412 controller and integrate it with an amplifier on a small-sized board to save space and costs while not compromising on performance.

The Galil controller already offered a contour mode and arrays that can buffer the position data that is sent on the fly from the Philips CPU.  These include constant, linear speed generation of profiles that are coming from the scan head.  By offloading this and other intensive motion tasks to the controller, the CPU is freed to focus on handling the image computations for the 3D renderings.

Reducing user fatigue was another critical consideration, as examiners had found the all-day, back-and-forth movement of the ultrasound probe to cause stress to their hands, wrists, back and shoulders.  To prevent this, the iU22 features an ergonomic probe and a flat, articulating display/control panel that adjusts for each user.  It also has a lightweight, portable chassis for scan-ning flexibility, foot-controlled swivel lock and brakes, and voice recognition software that lets users stay productive when their hands are full. Such features have improved workflow and productivity to the point that doctors report savings of 3 – 5 minutes per exam.   With a typical day running at 50 exams, that adds up to almost four hours of time saved for other tasks or additional patients. In addition to 3D images inside the womb, the iU22 isused for gynecological imaging and scanning of the breast, prostate and muscular systems.

To view the complete article go to: http://www.galilmc.com/support/customers/philips.pdf

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Galil Motion Controllers Support 2-Phase Closed-Loop Brushless (Step) Motors December 2, 2013

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You don’t have to purchase a servo motor anymore for accurate positioning!  Now you can save money and achieve the positional accuracy you need for your high torque, slow speed application with Galil’s integrated, high power (8 Amps continuous), 2-phase drive for closing the loop on a step motor.

Galil DMC-30017 Motion Controller

Galil DMC-30017 Motion Controller

Two types of electrical motors have traditionally been used in automation applications; step motors with open loop operation and servo motors with incremental or absolute feedback.

Step motors are low cost, easy to use and are prime candidates for applications that require slow movement, high torque and low positional accuracy.  Feedback for step motors isn’t necessary because the current is kept constant through the phases which allow a position to be held with a fairly high level of static torque.

Step motors are not candidates for applications that require positional accuracy, smooth motion, fast speeds or power efficiency.

Applications that require accuracy and smoothness typically need servo motors with analog or digital feedback, where the motion controller provides a PID filter or something similar.  3-phase brushless motors are higher cost, and require more effort to stabilize than step motors, but they handle fast or slow speeds with perfect accuracy and smooth motion, at all times.

There are some occasions when applications desire the benefits of step motors but also need the accuracy of a servo motor.  Additional accuracy can be achieved on step motors with half, quarter, and microstepping motion.  While these modes provide some advantages, they do not reach the level of positional accuracy achievable with a servo motor.

A solution for these distinct applications can be a closed-loop step motor.  Adding a feedback device to the step motor, and controlling it like a servo motor, achieves the positional accuracy of a servo motor.  In this configuration the step motor acts like a 2-phase brushless servo motor.  Because it’s acting as a servo motor, current is only drawn when it is needed greatly improving the power efficiency and eliminating wasted heat.  However, like an open loop step motor, this solution provides high torque at low speeds. The closed loop step motor will not achieve as high speed or run as smoothly as a 3-phase brushless DC servo motor.

This solution is available on the DMC-30017 and the DMC-40×0.  Please contact a Galil Application Engineer to review which option will work best for your system.

More information on the DMC-30017 and the DMC-40×0 from Galil Motion Control can be found at the link below-

DMC-30017   http://www.servo2go.com/product.php?ID=105334&cat=

DMC-40×0    http://www.servo2go.com/product.php?ID=101658&cat=

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Galil Motion Control Receives ISO 13485:2003 Certification – It’s a Big Deal For Medical Device Companies! November 21, 2013

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Galil Motion Control is proud to announce certification for ISO 13485:2003.  ISO 13485 is the stringent quality standard which must be met for the design and manufacture of medical devices.  Even more demanding than Galil’s ISO 9001:2008 certification, this rigorous quality standard requires the total commitment to design and manufacturing excellence.  Galil’s accreditation demonstrates our commitment to provide motion and I/O controllers that meet or exceed our customer’s requirements for  medical device and other exacting markets.

We are proud that Galil’s dedication to provide the highest quality products and support has been recognized through ISO 13485 certification.  It is our determination to provide our customers with the products and support that will make them successful.”  Wayne Baron, President, Galil Motion Control.

To see the certification for ISO13485 and 9001, visit  http://www.galilmc.com/about/iso.php

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