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Proper Wire Termination

Posted by Basicmicro on 10/17/2018
Proper Wire Termination
Wire termination can be a source of problems or a source of reliability depending on how it’s done. There are several ways to properly terminated wires used with BasicMicro motor controllers. We’ll be looking at both the wrong and right ways to prepare wiring in this Application Note.

Cyclic Redundancy Check Explained

Posted by Basicmicro on 10/17/2018 to RoboClaw
Cyclic Redundancy Check Explained
The RoboClaw uses a mathematical concept called a Cyclic Redundancy Check to ensure data transmitted to and from it hasn’t been corrupted in transit. In this Application Note we’ll cover the in and outs of the CRC.

Using Buttons to Configure the RoboClaw

Posted by Basicmicro on 10/10/2018 to RoboClaw
Using Buttons to Configure the RoboClaw
The RoboClaw is designed with ease of use in mind. One example of this easy to use functionality is the ability to configure the modes and mode options directly from the RoboClaw board without the use of a computer.

Encoders Explained

Posted by Basicmicro on 10/2/2018 to RoboClaw
Encoders Explained
Encoders are a vital part of control systems in robotics. In this article we’ll be looking at the how, what and why surrounding encoders.

Simple Arduino Control of the RoboClaw

Posted by Basicmicro on 10/1/2018 to RoboClaw
Simple Arduino Control of the RoboClaw
The Arduino is one of the most popular microcontroller platforms around due to its ease of use and large supportive community of users. Today we will look at simple example of using the Arduino to control a RoboClaw.

RoboClaw Advanced RC Options

Posted by Basicmicro on 9/26/2018 to RoboClaw
RoboClaw Advanced RC Options
The RoboClaw allows for simple and direct control with an RC system, yet there are options that allow for more fine grained control of your system. In this article we’ll be discussing these point by point.

USB Driver and BasicMicro Motion Studio Installation

Posted by Basicmicro on 9/26/2018 to RoboClaw
USB Driver and BasicMicro Motion Studio Installation
Before you can begin using your RoboClaw, you’ll first need to install the RoboClaw driver and Basicmicro Motion Studio on your computer. Once you've completed the software installation you'll be free to uniquely configure your RoboClaw for you particular needs.

Configuring RoboClaw Battery Settings

Posted by Basicmicro on 9/25/2018 to RoboClaw
Configuring RoboClaw Battery Settings
The RoboClaw motor controller features several types of protection to ensure the safety of the hardware in your system. On of the most important of these features is the battery cutoff protection. This features ensures that your system’s batteries are protected from both under and over voltage conditions.

RoboClaw RC Controlled Differential Drive Setup

Posted by Basicmicro on 9/24/2018 to RoboClaw
RoboClaw RC Controlled Differential Drive Setup
Today we will be covering how to configure and wire the RoboClaw motor controller for one of the most common control and drive schemes in robotics. In this tutorial we will show how the RoboClaw can be used in a differential drive robot controlled via an RC radio system. This may be the final configuration for your robot or a step in testing your hardware, either way you'll see that configuring the RoboClaw takes little time and effort.

Motor Controller Selection

Posted by Basicmicro on 10/10/2017 to RoboClaw
Motor Controller Selection
When selecting a motor controller there are three main specifications that must be known about the motor you are planning on using. These are voltage, running current and stall current. This articles covers all three and how to pair a motor controller based on these key specifications.

RoboClaw Technologies

Posted by Basicmicro on 3/4/2016 to RoboClaw
RoboClaw Technologies
The RoboClaw motor controllers incorporate several key technologies. This article is design as a quick overview of some of these technologies.