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Intelligent controller targets high-power robot apps

13 May 2015  | Rich Pell

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Roboteq controller

Roboteq rolled out its FBL2360 intelligent controller, the world's first dual-channel brushless motor controller, optimised for mobile robot applications.

The FBL2360 intelligent controller is capable of simultaneously driving two brushless DC motors up to 60A each at up to 60V. 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 analogue 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 Wi-Fi 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 140mm x 140mm x 25mm enclosure with an aluminium bottom plate for efficient conduction cooling. Pricing is $595 in single quantities, including cable and PC-based configuration software.

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