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Auto Tuning with Motion Studio

Auto Tuning with Motion Studio

In systems with a PID controller the proportional, integral and derivative values must be set properly for the controller to operate well. Motion Studio features software to automatically tune these values for a motor and encoder combination. In this Application Note we'll look at how to use it and fine tune the results.
Understanding Motor Specifications

Understanding Motor Specifications

Electric motors come in a wide range of types and configurations however there are properties that are common to almost all of them. This Application Note takes a look at motor specifications and what they mean.
Configuring the Raspberry Pi 3 Serial Port

Configuring the Raspberry Pi 3 Serial Port

The Raspberry Pi is the most popular single board computer on the market and finds its way in to robotics projects the world over. The RoboClaw can easily be controlled from a Raspberry Pi but the serial port harware must be configured propely first. This App Note covers how to configure the serial sort before connecting it to a RoboClaw.
Selecting the Proper Battery

Selecting the Proper Battery

Selecting a battery for your robotics projects is vital in ensuring your robot will have the power and endurance you’re looking for. There are several properties of batteries you’ll need to be aware of make the right choice for your project. After reading this App Note you’ll be informed enough to make the right decision.
Cyclic Redundancy Check Explained

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.
Encoders Explained

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.
Motor Controller Selection

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.