ClearPath Overviews
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ClearPath: Teknic's Digital Brushless Servo Motor Learn about the power, price, and performance advantages of this groundbreaking advancement in motion control technology. 10:26
ClearPath-SD Series Overview Learn more about the ClearPath-SD series. SD is an easy upgrade from stepper motors, offering you smoother, quieter, and more precise closed-loop motion. 4:11
ClearPath-MC Series Overview Learn more about the ClearPath-MC series. ClearPath-MC is the least complex series of the ClearPath series. With the MC, you send the motor a digital input and this input triggers a pre-preprogrammed action. This action may be creating a torque, changing velocities, going to a specific position, going to a sensor, etc. 3:52
ClearPath-SC Series Overview Learn more about the ClearPath-SC series. ClearPath-SC is controlled via a host application in software. SC gives customers greater flexibility to meet the needs of conditional and complex applications. The SC does not use a third party indexer like the SD series, nor input triggers like on the MC series. Everything is written and moves are commanded using your C++ application codes and Teknic's API. 5:51
ClearPath-MC Operating Modes
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Op Mode #1: Move to Sensor Position For applications that require positioning control between two sensor locations on your axis. 3:17
Op Mode #2: Move to Absolute Position (2 Positions) For applications that require positioning control between two absolute locations on your axis. For example, a two position pneumatic axis. 3:27
Op Mode #3: Move to Absolute Position (4 Positions) For applications that require positioning control to four or less absolute locations on your axis. 3:27
Op Mode #4: Move Incremental Distance Watch this video if you have an application that requires many locations that are integer multiples of each other (i.e. an indexing table). You can define 2-4 incremental distances and send pulses to ClearPath to move those selected distances, or send multiple pulses at a higher frequency to have ClearPath move one long, continuous move. 2:59
Op Mode #5: Ramp Up/Down to Selected Velocity This mode could be a good fit if you are working on an application that requires accurate velocity control and switching between four or less specific velocities. 3:18
Op Mode #6: Manual Velocity Control For velocity control applications where you need to smoothly increase and decrease speed. Don't be fooled by the name, this mode can work with Quad A and Quad B signals programmed from a PLC as well. 5:28
Op Mode #7: Spin on Power Up If you have a very simple velocity-control application that only requires one speed, watch this video. 2:16
Op Mode #8: Follow Digital Velocity Command If you are working on an application that requires accurate velocity control with a wide or continuously variable range of possible speeds, watch this video. To use this mode, you supply a frequency of PWM command signal that is proportional to your desired speed. 4:05
Op Mode #9: Follow Digital Torque Command If you are working on an application that only requires precise torque control (web tensioning, constant force/torque axes), ClearPath's Follow Digital Torque mode is a simple and cost effective way to achieve your constant torque needs with simple digital inputs (frequency and PWM). 5:28
Op Mode #10: Pulse Burst Positioning Watch this video to learn how to get flexible position and velocity control in your servo motion applications - but without the expensive motion control indexer. 2:16
Op Mode #11: Step & Direction Watch this video if you are looking for a fully closed-loop, digital servo motor to replace your stepper motor that keeps losing steps. ClearPath is an all-in-one brushless servo system and can be used in a "Step and Direction" operational mode. 4:05
Demos & Tutorials
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Demonstration: Stepper Motor vs. ClearPath Servo Motor Have you ever wondered what the differences are between a stepper motor and a servo motor? Do you ever get frustrated with your stepper motor losing steps, but hesitate buying a servo motor because you think they are too expensive or complicated? With this video, learn the differences between servo motors and stepper motors when it comes to power, price, and performance. 8:07
g-Stop™ Command Tuning Learn about Teknic's all-in-one Meridian Motion Controller and Brushless Motor Drive with G-stop tuning. G-stop command tuning sculpts traditional motion profiles in such a way to remove energy from the profiles where there are machine resonances and concentrate energy where there are none. This allows for faster and smoother moves with less vibration. 7:36
How to Auto-tune a ClearPath Motor Auto-tuning is the process by which ClearPath and its associated motor setup program (MSP) calibrate your unique system to create a high-performance motion profile. To accomplish this one must connect their ClearPath servo motor into a computer via USB and select the auto-tune option in MSP. This video discusses the auto-tuning process and walks you through the simple steps to achieve smooth, accurate, quiet motion. 16:31
How to use the ClearPath Motor Setup Program (MSP) The ClearPath Motor Setup Program (MSP) is multi-faceted software that works with ClearPath MC- and -SD series servo motors.
MSP communicates with your ClearPath motor to auto-tune and optimize its performance. From there, you can save and load motor configuration files, and go on to set and adjust operational modes.
Using MSP, you can set all of the associated variables such as positions, velocities, accelerations and more. Once a mode and parameters are determined, you can run your motor.
How to Wire an Arduino to a ClearPath Servo Motor Microcontrollers are an excellent way of controlling and monitoring the state of ClearPath's digital inputs and outputs. In this video we wire ClearPath to the popular Arduino Uno and explain the steps in a simple, straightforward process. After the detailed wiring diagrams and connections are explained we take a look at some example code in the Arduino IDE. Through this, we see what can be done in only a few minutes when combining ClearPath with microcontrollers. Please note, this video just scratches the surface of what can be accomplished, but it can be used as a good starting point. More ClearPath/Arduino videos are being planned, but feel free to give us suggestions for specific videos to make. 7:43
How to Use ClearPath's Diagnostic Tools Watch this TekTips video to get a brief overview of how to use ClearPath's diagnostic tools. With the MSP scope tool, you can measure the operation and performance of your mechanics, motor, and control signals. The scope allows you to measure application variables such as the actual torque used in your application, commanded velocity, and tracking error. 11:01
Getting Started with ClearPath-MC and -SD Servo Motors This TekTips video will walk you through how to initially set up your ClearPath-MC or -SD series motor. From plugging in the cables and components, to starting up the MSP (Motor Setup Program) and running through a brief demo, this video will explain the necessary preliminary steps to take when you first receive your ClearPath motor. Finally, this video will list the next few steps to take after you've completed the tasks listed. 8:25