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One 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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Building a Magnetic Track Guided AGV

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An 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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Drive-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 feedba...
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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 ...
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Understanding Regeneration

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Motors 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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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 gasol...
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The Truth about Amps Rating

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Max 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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RoboCAN: a Simple Meshed Network

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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 comma...
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This 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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