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SOMANET Servo Drives

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Whether you are planning a collaborative robotic arm, a service robot or an automated logistics solution: With our compact and efficient, high-performance, decentral servo drives, OEMs such as robot manufacturers and machine builders can utilize Synapticon’s advanced motion control technology to realize better products in less time.

SOMANET Servo Nodes support all PMSM / Synchronous AC / BLDC motors up to 60V as well as Brushed DC motors and feature an EtherCAT interface with CiA 402 DS protocol. Upon request, SOMANET Nodes can be equipped with standard Ethernet, CAN, PROFINET, SERCOS III, EtherNet/IP, POWERLINK, as well as with wireless interfaces.

Smart algorithms for superior performance with
any electro-mechanics your application needs

Synapticon’s proprietary control technologies, such as Model-predictive Field-oriented Control, allow a low heat dissipation of the drives while keeping up high motion control frequencies, which are needed by precision robotics. Advanced disturbance compensation for sensor noise, non-linearity and torque ripple enable high quality motion even with medium to low cost motors and sensors.

All functions of SOMANET Servo Nodes can be configured and tuned with OBLAC Tools, a simple to use yet powerful commissioning and motion tuning tool.

The SOMANET Safe Motion Module allows for SIL3 PLe level safe motion functions over FSoE (FailSafe over EtherCAT).

SOMANET Servo Nodes

Modular Architecture

A SOMANET Servo Node consists of three Modules: Communication (Com), Processor (Core) and Drive Module. For each of these Modules there are several standard options available. Custom Modules can be designed upon special request.

Servo Drives modular architecture

Decentralize to become cabinet-free

Synapticon’s servo drives are among the most compact power electronics in the world. The drives can be integrated right next to the motors in a robotic arm or a mobile robot. Safety functions, and additional sensors can be integrated and the number of wires is reduced from hundreds to only six: one DC power bus and one communication line. Expensive shielding and wear protection becomes obsolete. Cables never need to be maintained again. Product design becomes simpler. Robot system cost becomes lower.

Extra-low voltage for the leading-edge of robotics

Mobile robots run on batteries. Collaborative robot arms need to be intrinsically safe for humans. Beyond these reasons for safe-voltage (< 60 Volt) over higher voltage drives, comes Synapticon's progressive, miniaturized inverter designs that use the most advanced power switches available. 

High-definition measurements for great efficiency

Who sees more is in better control: High-speed and high-resolution motor phase monitoring is the base for Synapticon’s Model-Predictive Field-Oriented Motor Control technology. Constantly computing a model of the connected motor, this software always holds a spectrum of control strategies to adopt to the current load situation and perfectly respond to the motor’s exact geometry. The result: perfectly smooth and quiet drives as well as lowest heat-dissipation.

Intelligence to the drives

Synapticon drives can interface to a broad range of feedback encoders, torque and force sensors or even can read touch-sensitive skins and interpret LiDAR data. As they also allow advanced users to run custom software code locally, the computation of kinematic functions and the implementation of local reflexes based on sensor events and custom algorithms become possible on the servo drive.

OBLAC Configuration & Tuning Tools

With Synapticon‘s OBLAC Drive Tool, configuring and tuning a SOMANET Node to work with any PMSM / Synchronous AC / BLDC motor up to 60V from any manufacturer is very easy.

OBLAC Drives Auto-Tune Testing Gif

Get an Evaluation Kit

The easiest way to evaluate SOMANET Servo Drives. The Kit combines an assembled and tested, industry-grade SOMANET Servo Node featuring Com EtherCAT, Core C2X and Drive 1000 and all required accessories. This Kit allows you to test SOMANET with permanent magnet synchronous motors (PMSM/BLDC) of various sizes up to 1000 W (48V/20A) and integrate them as slaves in your EtherCAT system.

Custom Module Designs

There can be many reasons why a standard module doesn’t fit an application. Special feature requirements that are not covered by the standard SOMANET Modules, low cost targets particularly in mass applications, need for tight mechanical integration: Synapticon‘s SOMANET SoCs, being also at the heart of a standard SOMANET Node, enable for custom designs. Synapticon’s Custom Design Services are there to carry out this development for you fast and efficiently. High-volume customers have the option to perform design and production of custom SOMANET Modules in-house with own resources: SOMANET hardware and software source files are being made available to such clients and SOMANET SoCs are supplied to their in-house production.

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