Celera Motion, a business unit of Novanta, announced its launch of what it claims is the world’s smallest servo drives. The compact servo drives are designed for service robots, surgical robots, industrial grippers and lab automation applications.
“Robotics is a very competitive market, evolving rapidly and requiring best-in-class servo drive technology,” said Marc Vila, Business Director for Servo Drives. “Application-focused servo drives like Denali, where we have included features specifically required for the advanced robotic market segment, dramatically help engineers to accelerate their designs, be more competitive and keep the focus on their core business.”
Denali offers an enhanced hardware architecture as well as optimized power management, with a minimum standby power consumption of down to 1.2 W. The servo drives work in the 250 W power range and are designed for surgical robotics, end-effectors, haptic devices, small joints and other compact robotics applications.
The series features two versions: The Denali XCR, a miniature, ready-to-use version, enabling quick installation and system commissioning, and the Denali NET, an ultra-compact, high-power density version. The pluggable design is optimal for a carrier board, with single or multi-axis integration.
Both versions are available with EtherCAT and CANopen communication protocols, specially optimized for demanding multi-axis applications. Denali supports EtherCAT with a bus latency down to 1 cycle. This improves the cost-efficiency of embedding multiple axes into a single PCB.