Universal motion controller/driver
Universal motion controller/driver
Universal motion controller/driver
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STANDA in Lithuania
STANDA P.BOX 2684 , 03001 Vilnius 9 P.O., Lithuania
Phone +370 5 2651474, Fax +370 5 2651483
E-mail: sales@standa.LT
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8SMC4-36 - Universal motion controller/driver
Universal motion controller/driver
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Printable version
Compatible with Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10, Linux, Mac OS
Saving settings to flash/file
Precise home positioning
Synchronization I/O
Step Loss Compensation
User Friendly XILab Interface
Step Mode Up to 1/256
Rated current up to 3 A for stepper; 6 A for DC motor
Voltage 5 V - 36 V
Code Examples for Visual Basic, C, C#, C++, Matlab, Labview, Python
Ready to use Configuration files for Standa stages
Status LEDs
Max. speed - 35000 steps/s (stepper); 800000 encoder counts per second (DC)
Encoder Input
Supports up to 36 positioners
Active cooling system and heat management
Compatible with: stepper and dc motors
Mounts into standard 19" rack
Ethernet interface
Hot swapping technology
Ask a question about 8SMC4-36
by e-mail: 8smc4@standa.lt
New Software extension for integration with µManager.
Please inquire for details.
Drivers for Tango will be available soon.
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Supplementary connector EN | RU
Appearance of controller case EN | RU
Quick start guide EN | RU
User manual EN | RU
Programming manual EN | RU
Full specification EN | RU
All docs wiki EN | RU
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Profiles EN | RU
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Open source software for use with micro-Manager is also available.

Universal motion controller/driver 8SMC4-36 is designed especially to control up to 36 mechatronic systems based on standard DC, Servo or Stepper technologies. The housing of 8SMC4-36 has 7U height and can be mounted in standard 19 inch industrial cabinets. Up to six 8SMC4-36 systems can be installed in a standard 42U 19 inch cabinet. This allows to have 216 axes per cabinet which saves space and lets avoid cable clutter. Up to 250 cabinets (~50000 control channels) can be connected in a single network via Ethernet port. System can be automatically set on a peer-to-peer mode without any special infrastructure or master servers to operate.

8SMC4-36 contains all necessary subsystems, including: control, power units, active cooling systems etc., which support the simultaneous work of all axes. Universal motion controller/driver 8SMC4-36 allows full hot plug. 8SMC4-36 can be connected to a number of PC-based workstations via Ethernet. All users have access to the range setting of the available axes and assignment of access privileges. From the programmer’s point of view, working with all axes of the system is very similar to working with a simple 8SMC4-USB box. Needs of the potential clients should be taken into very close consideration when the system is being developed. The system is highly scalable. The number of the axes available for a user and processed by the system can reach 50000, which is the highest number in the industry! As far as a user is concerned, it does not matter how many 8SMC4-USB systems are installed and how they are connected because the user will enjoy a universal interface with an opportunity to control all the axes provided this user has respective access.

Front panel contains LED power and status indicators, as well as DB-25 connectors which enables access to remote control and indication functions (joysticks, manual buttons, limit switch indicators, synchronization I/O). The back panel is divided into 9 blocks. Each of them contains four axes (control channels). The blocks are independent; they are located on rails which allows for easy replacement or installation on the fly; minimum number of the 4-channel blocks is 1, and maximum is 9. If the system is expected to work with less than 36 axes, part of the slots can be substituted with plugs to easy updated controller. A power connector and on/off button, as well as an Ethernet port for connection to built-in programmable controller are located on back panel. The system is cooled through grille slots in front and back panels. While in operation the front and the back panels should not be blocked to allow circulation of air.

All software supplied with the controller is compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Linux, and Mac OS X (32-bit and 64-bit versions). Controller is delivered with a cross-platform library and examples which allow quick programming on C++, C#, .NET, Delphi, Visual Basic, gcc, Xcode, Matlab, Java, Python and LabVIEW. The software package also includes XILab user interface, which allows easy access to all motion functions and settings. A scripting language (an EcmaScript dialect) is integrated into XILab, which allows easy sequencing of actions including cycles and conditional breakpoints without compilation and mastering a programming language.

Number of axes 4 to 36
Motor parameters
   Motor type stepper/dc/servo
      Stepper motor 0,25- 3 A
      DC, servo 0,25- 6 A
   Voltage 12-36 V
Motor kinematics
   Step division (for stepper motor) 1-1/256
   Maximum speed
      Stepper motor 35000 steps/s
      DC, servo 800000 counts/s
Motion control
   Motion modes move left/right, move to point, shift on delta, continuous speed, acceleration and deceleration ramps, backlash compensation mode, automatic home position calibration mode and etc.. Optionally: linear interpolation, circular interpolation.
   Control loop Open loop, closed loop (PID regulation)
   Backlash compensation Included
   Step loss compensation Included
Positioner sensors reading
   Encoder (linear, rotary) Incremental quadrature encoder
   Limit switches optron, hall sensor, microswitch
   Revolution sensor supported
Communication Interface Ethernet
   Synchronization I/O included
   Joystick Analog input (0-3V)
   Output +3V; +5V for power supplying
Motor connector DB15F
Supplementary connector DB25F
Position counter 40 bit
Positioner identification One-wire interface (for Standa positioners only)
Protections ESD protection, Current overload protection, Voltage overload protection, Short circuit protection, Motor hot plug/unplug protection
Operating temperature Up to 70 degrees C
LED indication Included
Programming C++, C#, .NET, Delphi, Visual Basic, gcc, Xcode, Matlab, Java, LabVIEW, Python.
Power parameters
   Power supply 220V, 10A, 50Hz
   Power consumption Up to 1,5 kW
   Power dissipation Up to 500 W
Dimensions 488 x 375 x 312 mm

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