Basic Machine Design and the Physics of Motion
Introduction to basic machine design concepts and physics behind electro-mechanical motion control.
Mechanical Motion Control Components and Subsystems
Introduction to what a typical motion control system consists of and the typical mechanical components and subsystems it contains.
Understanding Inertia and Reflected Inertia
The importance of inertia in electro-mechanical motion control systems and how the inertia of the components in a motion control system affect its performance.
Introduction to Magnetism and Motor Basics
Basics of magnetics and the types of magnets found in motors. Overview of the basic function and styles of electric motors commonly used in industrial automation, including the operating difference between brushed, brushless, step, AC induction, and direct drive motors.
Positioner Selection and Motor Sizing
How to select an appropriate single axis positioner for specific application requirements based on loading, environment, motion profile, and positioning performance. Overview on determining the required torque, speed and inertia of the motor/drive system that is needed for your application.
Digital Servo Amplifier Basics
Basic operation of a digital servo amplifier, including servo control loops, tuning a servo system, defining system bandwidth and how to select the proper amplifier for applications. Basics of the major networks/field busses and advantages/disadvantages of each.
Motion Controllers, Programming, and System Design Basics
Overview of the software and hardware elements necessary to build a motion system, and how to integrate motion with other systems when designing a machine. Basic motion control software and programming languages.