G251X Donation turned into USC Senior Project

We recently donated a G251X to four students from The University of Southern California for a Senior Project. They made an incredible reactive trajectory system and are using the G251X to communicate with their x axis motor.

The team of 4 decided to test the capabilities of a reactive trajectory tracking system. (Picture below)

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“Our theories on contour detection are being tested by building an air hockey robot. As you can see, we mounted a camera above the center of the table.  This camera would capture video of the hockey puck moving about the table.  The computer would track the puck by detecting it’s shape and size (called “contour detection”) and predict its trajectory.  Based on this trajectory, the system would use a motor and pulley system to move a mallet to the correct position and hit the puck.  The motor and pulley is used in a H-bot configuration, similar to those used in a typical 3d printer. The x-axis motor and mallet actually move in unison along the y-axis.” -Nicole, one of the teams members.

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See a video of the device in action:

We are very impressed with the work these students put into this project and congratulate them on their success!

 

Made in the USA.

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All Geckodrive products are proudly designed, manufactured, and shipped from our warehouse in Santa Ana, California, USA. For us, American-made manufacturing is not just about being part of a marketing trend. Manufacturing American-made products is the core of who we are as a company.

There are endless economic and social benefits to making – and buying – USA-made products. Here are our top 5:

Why buy American made products?

1. You’re supporting the US economy

“When you buy U.S.A. made products, the proceeds remain in the U.S. economy. The money you spend then pays the workers that directly or indirectly created the product you purchased. When workers spend their money on U.S.-made products, the dollars continue to be recycled. Every American worker also pay taxes on wages earned in America.”

2. It supports safe and fair working conditions

“Importing countries have little or non-existent regulations or standards for working conditions. By keeping our dollars in the U.S., we are not supporting these horrible working conditions (long hours, exploitation of children, extremely low wages, etc.).”

3. It ensures safe, quality products

“Foreign product safety standards are low. For example, poisonous levels of lead are in tens of millions of toys shipped to the USA. When you buy toys and other goods made in the USA, you can be confident that American consumer protection laws and safety standards are in place to protect your family.”

4. It creates jobs for Americans

“As the US manufacturing ability fades, future generations of US citizens will be unable to find relevant jobs. Buy American and help keep your friends and neighbors-and even yourself-earning a living wage.”

5. You will lower your carbon footprint

“The shorter the distance a product has to travel to get to you, the fewer fossil fuels required to get it there. Many countries manufacturing goods for sale in America do not enforce the level of environmental protection regulations that exist in the US. EPA regulations help keep our air, land, and water clean for future generations. Purchasing goods made in America helps us keep our carbon footprint to a minimum.”

When purchasing  a Geckodrive product, you also have access to our knowledgeable and friendly US based technical support team.

Citations;

4 Undeniable Reasons to Buy Made in America Goods. (2013, December 20). Retrieved September 20, 2016, from http://ezonpro.com/4-undeniable-reasons-to-buy-made-in-america-goods/, Lipscomb, T. (n.d.). Top Ten Reasons to Buy American. Retrieved September 20, 2016, from http://madeinusaforever.com/toptenreasons.htm

G320X Initial Setup and Tuning Tutorial

The G320X is the newest servo drive from Geckodrive, Inc. Built around the same high speed CPLD as the G203V and offering the same bulletproof protection, the G320X is a drive that will last. It was designed as a drop-in replacement for the G320 and is 100% backwards compatible with the G320 and G340. The G320X has many new features based on user requests and industrial requirements that take full advantage of the CPLD architecture.

Check out our new tutorial video below explaining the G320X’s initial setup and tuning!

WIN A G540!

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Hello!

We’re conducting a survey and your input would be appreciated. Your feedback will be used to help us gain a better understanding of our customers. This survey should take just a couple of minutes to complete. As a thank you for your time, you will be entered into a drawing for the chance to win a G540! Your entry will be counted once you have completed the survey and submitted it to us. The winner will be announced on June 12th, 2017.

CLICK HERE TO BEGIN THE SURVEY

Thank you once again for your feedback and for choosing Geckodrive!

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The Geckodrive Team

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The 2016 Louisiana Flood and what YOU can do.

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One of our customers, Chris, is one of the many people affected by the terrible Louisiana Flood, 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 [email protected]