The #LouisianaFlood2016 and what YOU can do.

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One of our customers, Chris, is one of the many people affected by the terrible #LouisianaFlood, now, dubbed by the American Red Cross, “the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Hurricane Sandy.” Like many other Louisiana residents, Chris’ home and business were destroyed in this tragic event. We donated some G540’s to Chris to help get his business back up and running. Wall Street Journal captured the struggle of small business struggle in this article.

See what you can do to help the flood victims and their families here: http://volunteerlouisiana.gov/ Your help is still needed!

Introducing Geckodrive’s newest product, the G214.

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The G214 is a powerful and cost effective FPGA based step motor drive meant for high power applications. Designed from the ground up to eliminate resonance from stepper motors, the G214 is in a class above competing products.

Proprietary resonance compensation ensures a step motor will move with maximum smoothness and minimum vibration. Using Geckodrive’s resolution upscaling at all speeds means motor smoothness is optimized at all resolutions and velocities. Every microstep is broken down into higher interpolated microsteps to compensate for motor vibration due to coarse microstepping at extremely low speeds. The resolution upscaling will change depending on the microstep resolution chosen via DIP switch to be sure your motor is getting the smoothest possible operation at all times.

Motor current can be set with a tri-mode option, using either an onboard DIP switch, external voltage or external resistor. The G214 can drive stepper motors ranging from NEMA 8 all the way up to NEMA 42. High speed morphing will get the most torque out of any stepper motor at high speed.

Allowing for drop-in replacement of IM483 and IM805 motor controls means technology upgrades are simple. Competitive pricing allows users to have the latest technology and the best motor performance for very little cost.

Check out the G214 here!

 

G214 GIVEAWAY!

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It’s giveaway time! Our lucky winner will receive a G214 (plus some other Geckodrive goodies!).

There are 5 ways to enter. The more ways you enter, the more chances to win.
One winner will be picked at random and informed via e-mail.

Click below to enter – and to find a special discount code!

Click here to enter!

The contest ends 08/12/16 at 11:59pm PST. As always please contact us with any questions about the giveaway. We are here to help.

Welcome to our Distributor network, Exim!

We are excited to welcome our newest official distributor, Exim! Exim is based out of Germany and focuses on service of CNC & Automation Systems. They are a young and upcoming company with knowledgeable support teams and a highly skilled engineering team. Exim is a great addition to Geckodrives’ distributor network! You can check them out here: http://www.eximcnc.de/ You can view all of our international distributors on our website at http://www.geckodrive.com/international-distributors.html

We’re hiring!

Production Manager

Communicate with shipping department to maintain adequate stock levels of all products and ensure quality control.​

Communicate with returns department to process returns and repairs.​

Initial Production (Panel Form)

-Determine Production Schedule (What drives need to be run in production when according to shipping schedule and stock)

-Run Production (Run Machine, Oven, and Scan Panels)

Final Production (Finished Product)

-Distribute completed panels to assemblers (Either Excel or In House to Arturo)

– Visually inspect panels upon completion by assemblers for quality of work (cold solder joints, unsoldered components, shorts, incorrect components, reverse polarity, etc.​)

-Test all completed drives

-Can drives and distribute to shipping office or stock locker as needed

First Line Quality Control

-Production Manager is responsible for ensuring every single product meets the demand of the manufacturing sample.​

-Segregate all non -compliant material into the “Friday Box”

-Alert management to any possible quality issues immediately

-Give a daily briefing to management regarding production, quality control, and the general state of inventory

General Machine Cleanliness

-Responsible for day to day maintenance and cleanliness of production equipment

Troubleshooting/​ Returns

-Evaluate and diagnose return drives according to return sheet

-Repair return drives according to repair sheet

-Troubleshoot non-conforming material in and fix when possible

Inventory

-Make sure that inventory levels for all components are adequate for production level requirements via weekly scheduled inventory and daily inventory monitoring.​

-Report component inventory shortages to management

-Make sure that completed product inventory in shipping office and stock is adequate to meet the demands of the day/​week/​month via regular coordination with shipping office.​

Benefits- Medical Insurance, 401K, 2 Weeks PTO, Flexible Work Environment

PLEASE SEND ALL RESUMES TO GECKOCASTLE@GECKODRIVE.COM

G320X P.I.D. Tuning

The G320X can be tuned with either an oscilloscope or by ear to ensure that it is maintaining position while under load. The guide below is the quickest way to tune the drive without an oscilloscope and will result in a rigid motor shaft that will maintain position under any load.

1) Set the G320X following error limit switches to 1/2 of your encoder line count. If you use a 500-line encoder, set the following error switches to +/- 256.

2) Turn the “I” trimpot fully off (CCW).

3) The “D” term setting HAS to lead the “P” term. Turn “D” up first, then “P”, turn “P” down first before turning “D” down. You can get violent motor oscillations if you don’t follow this rule.

4) Set “P” and “D” to 1/4 full scale. The “D” term is what causes all the noise. Turning it down decreases motor humming, turning it up increases motor humming.

5) Turning “P” increases servo stiffness, turning “P” down decreases it.

6) Adjust “D” and “P” until you have OK servo stiffness. Try to turn the motor using your thumb and index finger. A stiff servo will resist a lot, a loose servo will resist very little.

7) Make the settings where the servo is reasonably stiff while making little or no noise.

8) Now adjust the “I” term CW. It will greatly increase servo stiffness. Once it’s adequate, let it be. You are done. The motor will be very quiet and it will be very stiff (resist being moved).

If you have any questions, please contact our friendly technical support team at support@geckodrive.com or at (714) 832-8874.

Geckodrive G540 in Art – Student Donation

Geckodrive, Inc. was happy to help out Chad Bridgewater, an art grad student, when it came to a project he was making for his last semester at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Chad found a salvaged 1946 drill press and converted into a CNC foam cutter for a class called “Machines that Make Machines.” Chad integrated Geckodrive’s G540 into his project, stating “Running off a scrapped computer, the new Made in USA Geckodrive G540 motor controller runs the show. It was by far the smoothest integration of all.” Thanks for the love Chad, we’re so glad we could help with the donation! Check out some photos of his project below:

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You can Chad’s full story of his project here!

Geckodrive Custom Parts are now available!

Geckodrive is proud to announce our new custom products line! Do you have a non-standard application or require a modification to an existing product? Just fill out the form here and we will have an engineer contact you regarding custom product design.

From specially shaped PCBs to embedded sub-routines and non-standard pinouts, Geckodrive can customize existing products and design new products to suit your demanding application. Our staff of engineers and technicians can work with you to determine the best possible product for the lowest price. With no engineering or design fees, we can lower the price for your automation applications and get you moving quickly and under-budget.

Click the link on our website for more information regarding custom products: http://www.geckodrive.com/webforms/index/index/id

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