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Microchip Debuts Advanced Motor Control Tool with Auto Tuning and Self-Commissioning Capability

Published: Mar 02,2017

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An advanced motor control software plug-in for Microchip’s MPLAB X Integrated Development Environment (IDE) with auto tuning and self-commissioning capability is now available from Microchip Technology Inc.

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The plug-in, called motorBench Development Suite, is a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based tool with automatic tuning of feedback control gains and offline accurate measurement of critical motor parameters such as resistance, inductances and the back electromagnetic force (EMF) constant.

This plug-in collects all the information relevant to the motor control system and automatically tunes the control algorithm gains. The software then uses this information to generate MPLAB X IDE project code ready to run on Microchip’s dsPIC33EP family of Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs). The generated code can then be reviewed and edited as needed and flashed as motor control firmware.

The motorBench Development Suite is currently available using Microchip’s dsPICDEM MCLV-2 Development Board (Part # DM330021-2) with a dsPIC33EP256MC506 External Op Amp Motor Control Plug-in-Module (PIM) (Part # MA330031-2) and a 24V 3-phase Brushless DC Motor with Encoder (Part # AC300022), all available today through microchipDIRECT or one of Microchip’s authorized distribution partners.

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