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  • Teaching Your PI Controller to Behave (Part IV)

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    Dave Wilson, Motion Products Evangelist, Texas Instruments At the end of my last blog, we discussed the possibility of creating a single parameter that could automatically tune the PI coefficients for a velocity loop used in a motor speed control...
  • Teaching Your PI Controller to Behave (Part IX)

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    Dave Wilson, Motion Products Evangelist, Texas Instruments At last! Let’s take what we have learned so far and see how it applies to Field Oriented Control (FOC) systems. Figure 1 shows a typical field oriented system incorporating TI’s...
  • Field Oriented Control Just Got WAY Simpler!

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    Dave Wilson, Motion Products Evangelist, Texas Instruments At 6:31 a.m. on Feb. 26, if you were wearing your motor control goggles, you would have seen a bright flash in the skies over Texas. TI finally announced its long-awaited new sensorless...
  • Motor development in the palm of your hand! BOOSTXL-DRV8301 BoosterPack!

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    I’m sure many of you are familiar with the LaunchPad/BoosterPack Ecosystem developed at Texas Instruments. Well, we in the Motor Drive business decided to make our own contribution in the form of the BOOSTXL-DRV8301 ! It is common practice to pair...
  • 15 tools of the trade

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    We use quite an assortment of equipment in our motor labs. The right tools for the job make all the difference! Let’s dig in. 1. Laser tachometer This device shines a laser and measures the frequency of reflective pulses. The rotor being...
  • Easy cruise control for brushed motors using BEMF

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    Brushed motors are the most common and lowest cost motor type in use today - nearly 10 billion brushed motors ship every year. Even though these motors are simple, it is very easy to add somewhat advanced features such as closed loop speed control , or...
  • Get Your Motor Running: Speed Loops

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    It’s amazing where the mind goes when doing something it would rather not, or more to the point, doing something borderline painful. For example, during today’s spin class, as the teacher was screaming to the class to maintain greater than...
  • Spin It! - Designing Your Own Motor Drive and Control System (Part 1)

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    Part 1: Series Introduction Howdy! For those of you unfamiliar with the saying, it is common in Texas and the official greeting at Texas A&M University, where I attended school! I’ll kick off this series with a story from my college...
  • Teaching Old Motors New Tricks

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    Dave Wilson, Motion Products Evangelist, Texas Instruments One of the favorite parts of my job at TI is going out into the field, meeting with our customers, and conducting motor control seminars. It gives me the opportunity to see what is important...
  • You will not be able to spin this motor

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    THE CHALLENGE I was on a business trip earlier this week to visit some customers, and as always I arrived looking to spin motors. The first visit was well planned; one of the engineers had previously attended an InstaSPIN workshop and wanted me...
  • Teaching Your PI Controller to Behave (Part II)

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    Dave Wilson, Motion Products Evangelist, Texas Instruments In my previous blog on this topic, we briefly reviewed the history of the PI controller and presented two forms that are commonly used today. Regardless of which form you use, the frequency...
  • TI showcases an in-depth look at never-before-seen technology for motor control, drives and PLC applications at SPS IPC Drives in Germany

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    Taking the opportunity to unveil three new embedded processors coming to the market in the next year, TI will demonstrate these products in action at the largest industrial show in the world. The target applications include: High-end drives,...
  • Generate your own commutation table – part 2

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    In the previous blog, we discussed that deriving the right commutation table plays an important role in controlling 3-phase BLDC motors using hall sensors . As a refresher, here are some surprising facts about the drive system: Out of six possible...
  • Teaching Your PI Controller to Behave (Part X)

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    Dave Wilson, Motion Products Evangelist, Texas Instruments Throughout this series we have discussed a practical and efficient way to tune the PI controllers in a cascaded velocity loop by simply choosing a factor that determines the desired damping...
  • Spin It! - Designing Your Own Motor Drive and Control System (Part 2)

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    Part 2: Component selection Howdy! Welcome back or if this is your first time here you can check out the introduction to this series, Spin It! - Designing Your Own Motor Drive & Control System (Part 1) . Now that introductions are over, it’s...
  • Get your motor running: Brushed DC motor driver selection

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    In my last blog I discussed how to select a stepper motor driver and in today’s post, I want to continue the series by discussing how t o select a brushed DC motor driver. Integrated brushed DC drivers are much simpler than stepper or brushless...
  • Tricks in current regulation when micro-stepping a stepper motor

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    I have a friend who just loves the latest technology around the world. With all the fever over 3D printers, he recently invited me to his apartment to admire his new masterpiece, a homemade 3D printer. Well, he did do a good job printing me a puppy, with...
  • Generate your own commutation table: Trapezoidal control 3-phase BLDC motors using hall sensors

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    A couple decades back, if you asked motor control engineers which type of motor they prefer the answer without hesitation would have been a brushed DC motor . That’s because brushed DC motors are the simplest to control. You just apply DC voltage...
  • TI unveils InstaSPIN™-MOTION with position control!

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    Motor designers can now build embedded position servo systems quickly thanks to a suite of motion and control products in InstaSPIN-MOTION . Adding to the revolutionary InstaSPIN motor control technology, InstaSPIN-MOTION expands upon its offering of...
  • Simulation Power!

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    Dave Wilson, Motion Products Evangelist, Texas Instruments As many of you know, I am a BIG fan of using simulation tools to unlock the mysteries of the motor control universe. With embedded model-to-code options from VisSim, PSIM, PLECS and Simulink...
  • The Ten Commandments of Digital Control (Part 4)

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    Dave Wilson, Motion Products Evangelist, Texas Instruments This week we are counting down the Ten Commandments of Digital Control, and we are only one day away from the NUMBER ONE Commandment. Before discussing today’s Commandments, Let’s...
  • Power Electronics Hardware in the Loop

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    The future (and present for many cutting edge users) of power electronics control – and something we at TI are helping to promote – is the expansion of model based development, i.e. simulation and automatic code generation tools. You may already...
  • Teaching Your PI Controller to Behave (Part V)

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    Dave Wilson, Motion Products Evangelist, Texas Instruments So far in this series, we have discussed how to distill the design of a cascaded velocity controller from a bunch of seemingly uncorrelated PI coefficients down to a single system parameter;...
  • Teaching Your PI Controller to Behave (Part VI)

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    Dave Wilson , Motion Products Evangelist, Texas Instruments I am writing this particular blog installment while lying by a swimming pool in a resort on the Riviera Maya. There are lots of beautiful distractions which are competing for my attention...
  • Teaching Your PI Controller to Behave (Part VII)

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    Dave Wilson, Motion Products Evangelist, Texas Instruments So far we have discussed the PI tuning problem in the context of a linear system. This is because under steady-state conditions when the system transients settle out, you will probably be...