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Argon Servo Drive

Versatile servo drive ARGON supports virtually any type of industrial servo motor including AC, Brushless DC, Brush DC and Linear motors. 

Whether the application requires position, velocity or torque operating mode, Argon handles them all out-of-the-box. Built-in motion profiler enables simple point-to-point moves as well as continuous synchronous motion tracking.

Motor's best friend

See how Argon changes the way servo motors are controlled in 2016

Servo drive and AC servo motors
  • High dynamic range torque control

Maximized versatility - thanks to HDRT, a single model drives AC, BLDC, Linear and DC servo motors from 50 W to 1500 W

  • Open source architecture

Argon has an dedicated ARM CPU for user's custom functionality

  • Eliminate axis limit switches

Internal axis homing function with sensorless hard-stop detection mode and soft travel limits eliminates the need of physical end-of-travel switches and their wiring

  • Ruggedness taken to the max

Device protections include over current, short circuit, over voltage, under voltage, over temperature and I2t protections, internal fuse and communication error detection

  • Safety built in

3-way redundant safe torque off with motor braking

The value of simplicity

ARGON reduces the number of motion control components to the bare minimum. A typical PC controlled multiaxis system can be implemented by using direct USB or RS485 driven SimpleMotion field bus to the servo drives. The same bus carries a dedicated safety stopping circuit without additional wiring. The wiring scheme is  compatible with IONI drive allowing mixing different kinds of drives.

In addition to SimpleMotion bus, ARGON also reads traditional control signals, such as pulse & direction, PWM, and analog velocity reference out of the box. In such case, SimpleMotion is only used for drive configuration with Granity.

Motion control system with USB interface

Everything included

Hardware of Argon has been designed from ground up without any historical payload. This not only costs less but also yields unforeseen flexibility and reliability.

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Technical details

Function Description
Servo motor drive Closed loop control of various types of servo motors by sinusoidal field oriented control with dead-time distortion correction and high dynamic range torque control.
  • Support over 97% of all the servo motors below 2 kW in the market
  • Synchronous AC & BLDC motors
    • Sinusoidal and trapezoidal commutated
    • SPM (Surface Permanent Magnet) and IPM (Internal Permanent Magnet) types
  • Brush DC motors
  • Linear motors
    • Iron core
    • Ironless (with external inductive filter)
Control modes
  • Torque control
  • Velocity/speed control
  • Position control
Setpoint types

See setpoint signal / reference inputs list

Closed loop Cascaded control loops (PIV):
  • Torque / current control, update frequency 17.5 kHz
  • Velocity control, update frequency 2.5 kHz
  • Position control, update frequency 2.5 kHz
Feed-forwards Feed-forwards working in velocity & position control modes:
  • Acceleration (inertia canceling) feed-forward
  • Velocity (friction canceling) feed-forward
Homing Integrated homing function for position control mode:
  • Sensorless hard-stop homing
  • Home switch search
  • Index pulse search
  • Soft position limits (eliminate limit switches)
Feedback devices See feedback devices list
Safety
  • Safe torque off with 3-way redundancy
  • Stopping motor on errors
    • Tracking error (velocity & position)
    • Over speed error
    • Limit switch
  • DC motor runaway prevention on feedback loss
  • Communication error detection
Protections
  • Over current
  • Short circuit (phase-to-phase)
  • I2t motor thermal protection
  • Over & under voltage
  • Over temperature
Power supply

Two power supply methods:

  • Integrated AC mains power supply: single phase 85 – 264 VAC 50/60 Hz, 0 – 16 A
  • Externally supplied 40 – 380 VDC
  • Additionally an external 24 VDC logic supply required
Motor output current
Commissioning
Compliance CE (LVD & EMC): EN 61800-5-1:2007 and IEC 61000-6-1:2005

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Configuration tool that makes you smile

Goodbye frustration, hello future! Granity makes setup and tuning of servo motor a breeze. Combined with walk-through online documentation, motors are fully configured and running in the industry record time.

Servo configuration tool

How it compares

DriveIONIIONI ProIONI Pro HCARGON
Mates withLow voltage servo or stepping motors. See motor compatibility guide.Low voltage servo or stepping motors. See motor compatibility guide.Low voltage servo or stepping motor. See motor compatibility guide.High voltage servo motors. See motor compatibility guide.
MotorsAC, BLDC, DC, Linear, StepperAC, BLDC, DC, Linear, StepperAC, BLDC, DC, Linear, StepperAC, BLDC, DC, Linear
Output power

250 W passive cooling

500 W forced air cooling

250 W passive cooling

600 W forced air cooling

350 W passive cooling

800 W forced air cooling

600 W passive cooling

1800 W forced air cooling

Motor size
5 – 400 W5 – 500 W20 – 700 W50 – 1500 W
Control modesTorque, Velocity, PositionTorque, Velocity, PositionTorque, Velocity, PositionTorque, Velocity, Position
Safe torque off
2-way2-way2-way3-way
Control sourcesSimpleMotion V2, pulse & direction, quadrature, analog, PWMSimpleMotion V2, EtherCAT*, pulse & direction, quadrature, analog, PWMSimpleMotion V2, EtherCAT*, pulse & direction, quadrature, analog, PWMSimpleMotion V2, EtherCAT*, pulse & direction, quadrature, analog, PWM
Homing functionYes, advancedYes, advancedYes, advancedYes, advanced
Feedback devicesIncremental encoderIncremental encoders, SinCos encoder (16, 64 and 256X interpolation)Incremental encoders, SinCos encoder (16, 64 and 256X interpolation)Incremental encoder, Resolver
Supply voltage5 – 52 VDC5 – 52 VDC5 – 55 VDC85- 264 VAC / 45 – 380 VDC
Output currentUp to 15 A continuousUp to 18 A continuousUp to 25 A continuousUp to 12 A Continuous, 18 A peak
Dimensions69.5 × 36.5 × 6.5 mm69.5 × 36.5 × 6.5 mm69.5 × 36.5 × 6.5 mm51 × 197 × 127 mm
Warranty 12 months24 months24 months24 months
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