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Introducing Elmo Motion Control’s Ready-to-use Inertial Platform Stabilization Solution

Elmo Motion Control, Inc.

Lomazzo (Como)  – Elmo Motion Control (Elmo), a leading provider of advanced motion solutions designed to make intelligent machines smarter, has launched a new comprehensive, ultra-small and rugged Inertial Platform Stabilization (IPS) solution that can handle up to four inertial platforms ensuring high levels of synchronization and accuracy in a variety of applications. Elmo’s motion controllers, high-precision miniature servo drives, new embedded Software-in-the-loop (SIL) control capability and Elmo Application Studio II (EASII) software tool combine to create a ready-to-use solution that enables fast and easy implementation, significantly reducing the time to market.

Elmo’s motion controller supports any feedback characteristic, including inertial measurement units (IMUs) and gyros, eliminating the need to receive gyroscope or IMU signals from the servo drives. The IMU signal (digital or analog) is received and processed using the customer’s specific position and velocity compensation algorithms. Communicating via fast EtherCAT (between 100 µs to 250 μs), the motion controller transmits calculated, synchronized corrective actions to the servo drives and motors, ensuring precise, reliable and deterministic motion vital for highly sensitive inertial stabilization. Elmo’s IPS solution provides optimum stabilization to withstand environmental conditions with temperatures ranging from -40° C to +70° C (-40° F to 158° F), altitudes up to 40,000 feet and high mechanical shocks or intense vibrations up to 14 GRMS.

Davide Fuoco, Sales Director Italia, Elmo Motion Control, said, “Our philosophy is to provide our customers with a standard, off-the-shelf and ready-to-use, smart motion solution that suits any application in any environment. This solution enables customers to avoid development of dedicated hardware and software and time-consuming testing and verification processes. One of Elmo’s most prominent customers commented on how perfectly the solution worked while saving them 8-12 months of struggling with new hardware and software."

The complete solution includes the following components:

  • Platinum Lion (P-Lion) Multi-axes Motion Controller: Featherweight, miniature, advanced multi-axes motion controller designed for enhanced connectivity to attain unlimited performance, the P-Lion operates in any extreme, extended environment.
  • Gold Servo Drives: Any Elmo Gold servo drive can be used in the IPS solution, allowing flexibility in selecting the servo drive according to power (10 W - 65 KW), voltage (10 V - 900 V) or current (1 A - 650A). All Gold servo drives operate with any feedback and support any IPS application.
  • Software-in-the-loop (SIL) Control Capability: Since control design, kinematics and/or simulation code are often proprietary and classified, Elmo provides a “black box” environment where users can insert their external code (for example C or MATLAB) and execute it in the real-time kernel of the P-Lion (1.5GHz core). The customer's design is processed to control the motion of the servo axes via the highly deterministic EtherCAT network.
  • Elmo Application Studio II (EASII) Software Tool: Included in an Elmo hardware purchase, the industry-leading software tool creates and implements motion, enabling end users to configure programs and fully manage Elmo’s servo drives and motion controllers.

Elmo’s advanced motion control and servo technologies enhance overall accuracy, speed and throughput, and ensure fast, accurate, real-time responses for inertial stabilization. Used in commercial, industrial, agricultural, law-enforcement and harsh-environment applications, Elmo’s solutions can stabilize high-resolution cameras, observation systems, communication devices, satellite or ground mobile communication antennas, airplane Sat-Com internet and TV dishes, laser pods, etc. Inertial platforms are commonly found on shipboards, yachts, UAVs, drones, autonomous vehicles, ground mobile vehicles and armored vehicles.

Representatives from Elmo will be at booth number N10-453 at the DSEI Defense & Security Event Sept. 12-15, 2017 at ExCeL in London, and at booth number 2351 at the 2017 AUSA Annual Meeting & Exposition Oct. 9-11, 2017 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

About Elmo Motion Control
Elmo Motion Control (Elmo) designs, produces and implements comprehensive, field-proven motion control solutions that make clients' data-driven, smart machines smarter. The company’s R&D department combines intelligent motion control technologies, real-time programming and control algorithms with advanced digital hardware to enable leaner, more flexible machines. Controlled by the Elmo application studio (EASII)—a software environment tool that cuts integration time and maintenance costs—Elmo’s servo drives and multi-axes motion controllers minimize a machine’s footprint and cabling, improve throughput, and give original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) a competitive edge. Founded in 1988, the company is headquartered in Israel, employs more than 350 staff worldwide, and has a dedicated presence in the United States, China, Germany, Italy, Korea, Poland and the United Kingdom.

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