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Building a Magnetic Track Guided AGV

automated-guided-vehicle built with magnetic guide sensorAn automated guided vehicle (AGV) can be built with as little as two Roboteq components: An MGS1600 magnetic guide sensor, and one of the many dual channel motor controllers available in Roboteq’s catalog. This application note will use a Roboteq MDC2230 dual channel controller, however the techniques described are identical for all other controller models.

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MicroBasic eases Fast Prototyping of Innovative Electric Push Scooter

kickscooter-allA Push Scooter is definitely a high volume consumer item requiring a dedicated motor controller and battery system. Before redesigning the controller and supporting electronics to fit it nicely into the scooter's base, an off the shelf Roboteq MBL1660 single channel motor controller was used to test and validate some innovative ideas. Unlike all other electrical push scooters, this one does not ha...
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Roboteq Variable Frequency Drives for AC Induction Motors

Roboteq Variable Frequency Drives for AC Induction Motors

Three phase induction motors are the most common types of electrical motors. They work on the principle of induction where electro-magnetic field (emf) is induced in to the rotor conductors when the rotating magnetic field of stator cuts into the rotor's conductors. This 4 minutes video give an excellent explanation of how such a motor works Benefits of AC Induction Motors are: Induction motors ...
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Driving Mecanum Wheels Omnidirectional Robots

Driving Mecanum Wheels Omnidirectional Robots

See how to build an omnidirectional robot with just two Roboteq dual channel DC motor controllers to independently drive four mecanum wheels. The two controllers operate as a single four channel drive over a CAN network.

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Driving Sensorless Brushless Motors


sensorless BLDC thrusters with roboteq motor controllerOne can now find an abundance of sensorless BLDC motors, mainly from China. These motor are primarily addressing the Drone and Hobby market but, thanks to their excellent characteristics and low cost, they find their ways in an increasing number of robotics and industrial applications. Roboteq FBL2360 controller with 2 T200 sensorless BLDC thrusters from Bluerobotics Roboteq controllers now suppo...
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Field Oriented Control (FOC) Made Ultra Simple

foc iconEvery modern motor controller for Brushless motors now features Field Oriented Control (aka VectorDrive). But what is it exactly and how does it work? One way to figure this out is to look on Wikipedia, or most other articles on the subject on the internet. There, the explanation are complete and accurate but often filled with too much math formula to actually make practical sense of it. Yet, Fiel...
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WiFi Robot Platform Design Instructions

wifibot robot design instructionsThis article show step by step how to use Roboteq's motor controllers along with an Intel Atom low power motherboard to build a Wireless LAN remotely operated Robot platform.

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Understanding Regeneration

regenMotors become generators when forced to turn while no or reduced power is applied. This phenomenon brings interesting benefits in terms of energy efficiency but it also introduces challenges in system design. Understanding the physics and implications of regeneration is critical in many applications.

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The Truth about Amps Rating

truth about amps rating in motor controllersMax Amps is one of the most important criteria when selecting a motor controller. Different vendors use different approaches when rating their products making comparison difficult. Here is how you can sort things out.

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Controlled Regenerative Braking using Real Time Speed Sensing

electric scooter built with roboteq dc motor controllerOne of the most interesting features of electric motors when used in drive train application is that they can also behave as generators, and thus recharge the vehicle's battery while braking. Roboteq's motor controllers can easily be programmed to take advantage of this characteristic in a controlled manner.

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RoboCAN: a Simple Meshed Network

RoboCAN: a Simple Meshed Network
RoboCAN is a Roboteq proprietary meshed networking scheme allowing multiple Roboteq motor controllers to operate together as a single system. This protocol is extremely simple and lean, yet practically limitless in its abilities. It is the preferred protocol to use by user who just wish to make multiple controllers work together with the minimal effort. In RoboCAN, every controller can send comman...
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Using Roboteq Controllers to Remote or Computer Control a Full-Size Automobile

Using Roboteq Controllers to Remote or Computer Control a Full-Size Automobile
Roboteq has donated a Dual Channel motor controller to the builders of Monster Garage® on the Discovery Channel. Monster Garage is a popular TV show where a contesting team must convert an ordinary car into an "extraordinary machine" within 4 days a and a limited budget.     Important Warning and Disclaimer Remote controlling or operating semi/fully autonomous full-size gasoline powe...
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Designing Force-Feedback Systems with Roboteq Controllers

force feedbackDrive-by-wire or teleoperated systems feel very unnatural to use because they lack the natural feedback the operator receives when turning a steering, presuring an object in his or her hands, or pressing on a pedal. This lack of feedback is uncomfortable in many situations, to outright dangerous in others. Yet force feedback is reasonably simple to implement. Theory of Operation Force feedback r...
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Using Closed Loop Position Mode to Create Tension Stabilization Systems

Using Closed Loop Position Mode to Create Tension Stabilization Systems
Introduction Using a simple tension sensor - such as a spring and potentiometer - Roboteq controllers can be used to create electromechanical systems that produce constant pulling or pushing force. These techniques depart from traditional motion control and enable a whole array of innovative force amplification and stabilization applications. Theory of Operation The proposed technique uses the con...
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