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PHIDGETS Inc.

Unit 1 - 6115 4 St SE
Calgary AB  T2H 2H9
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16x RC Servo Phidget

ID: RCC1000_0
Recommended for new designs: This product (or a similar replacement with a compatible form, fit and function) is estimated to be available for ten years or more.

Control position, velocity, and acceleration of 16 RC servos with just one VINT port.

$60.00

Quantity Available: 327

Qty Price
5 $57.00
10 $54.00
25 $48.00
50 $42.00
100 $39.00
250 $36.00
500 $33.00
1000 $30.00

The RC Servo Phidget can control up to 16 RC servo motors. This Phidget connects to your computer through a VINT Hub.

Featrures

  • Control the position, velocity, and acceleration of each individual servo motor
  • Set the minimum and maximum pulse width for each servo, and the actual position values they correspond to in code.
  • Powered externally by an 8-30V supply
  • Provides a total of up to 20A of regulated power to its servos.
  • Control the regulator and choose a global voltage of 5.0V, 6.0V, or 7.4V.

Technical Details:

  • Isolation - The VINT hub and the computer will be protected if anything goes wrong with your circuit
  • Polarity Protection - The device will not turn on and will not be damaged if the power supply is connected backward
  • Overcurrent Protection - Onboard fuse to protect the controller in an over-current event

VINT Hubs

This Phidget is a smart device that must be controlled by a VINT Hub. For more information about VINT, have a look at the VINT Primer. You can use a Phidget Cable to simply and easily connect the two devices. Here's a list of all of the different VINT Hubs currently available:

Product Board
Image Part Number Price Number of VINT Ports Controlled By
HUB0000_0 $30.00 6 USB (Mini-USB)
HUB5000_0 $60.00 6 Local Network (Ethernet or Wi-Fi)
SBC3003_0 $120.00 6

Phidget Cables

Use a Phidget cable to connect this device to the hub. You can solder multiple cables together in order to make even longer Phidget cables, but you should be aware of the effects of having long wires in your system.

Product Physical Properties
Image Part Number Price Cable Length
3002_0 $2.00 600 mm
3003_0 $1.50 100 mm
3004_0 $3.00 3.5 m
3034_0 $1.50 150 mm
3038_0 $2.25 1.2 m
3039_0 $2.75 1.8 m
CBL4104_0 $1.75 300 mm
CBL4105_0 $2.00 900 mm
CBL4106_0 $2.50 1.5 m

Servo Motors

The 16x RC Servo Phidget can drive up to 16 servo motors, up to a total maximum of 20 amps of current. Each of the servo motors in the list below is compatible with this Phidget and plugs directly to the board with no extra cables or soldering required. Servos come in two major varieties: limited rotation and continuous rotation. With limited rotation servos, the motor has a limited range of motion, but can be precisely controlled within that range. A continuous rotation servo can rotate continuously, but you won't be able to tell the servo to move to a specific location in degrees; instead you'll specify a direction and speed and for it to rotate at.

Product Motor Properties
Image Part Number Price Motor Type Range of Rotation Rated Torque Rated Speed
3000_1 $12.00 Limited Rotation Servo 180° 3 kg·cm 286°/s
3200_0 $52.00 Limited Rotation Servo 180° 19.8 kg·cm 125°/s
3201_0 $57.75 Limited Rotation Servo Approx. 2700° 11 kg·cm 225°/s
3202_0 $18.75 Continuous Rotation Servo 2.8 kg·cm 44 RPM
3203_0 $19.00 Limited Rotation Servo 180° 4.8 kg·cm 272°/s
3204_0 $40.50 Limited Rotation Servo 180° 7.7 kg·cm 300°/s
3205_1 $11.00 Limited Rotation Servo 175° 2.2 kg·cm 545°/s
3207_0 $10.00 Limited Rotation Servo 180° 2.4 kg·cm 375°/s
3209_0 $8.00 Limited Rotation Servo 180° 3.5 kg·cm 400°/s
3212_0 $18.00 Continuous Rotation Servo 12.2 kg·cm 50 RPM

Power Supplies

This Phidget requires a power supply between 8 and 30V DC. We recommend that you use a 12V 5A DC power supply in most cases, but if you plan on using servos that add up to more than 5 Amps, you will want to get a power supply with a higher current rating. Select a power supply from the list below that matches your region's wall socket type.

Product Electrical Properties Physical Properties
Image Part Number Price Power Supply Current Output Voltage Wall Plug Style
3022_0 $10.00 2 A 12 V Australian
3023_1 $10.00 2 A 12 V European
3024_1 $10.00 2 A 12 V North American
3025_0 $10.00 2 A 12 V British
3084_0 $1.50 500 mA 12 V European
3085_0 $1.50 500 mA 12 V North American
3086_0 $10.00 1 A 24 V North American
PSU4013_0 $20.00 2.5 A 24 V
PSU4014_0 $40.00 5 A 24 V
PSU4015_0 $20.00 1 A 24 V
PSU4016_0 $40.00 15 A 24 V
PSU4017_0 $75.00 15 A 24 V
PSU4018_0 $20.00 5 A 12 V


Part 1: Setup

Welcome to the RCC1000 user guide! In order to get started, make sure you have the following hardware on hand:


Next, you will need to connect the pieces:

RCC1000-functional.jpg
  1. Connect the RCC1000 to the VINT Hub using the Phidget cable.
  2. Connect the VINT Hub to your computer with a USB cable.
  3. Connect one or more servo motors to the RCC1000.
  4. Connect the power supply to the green power terminals on the RCC1000.


Now that you have everything together, let's start using the RCC1000!

Phidget Control Panel

In order to demonstrate the functionality of the RCC1000, the Phidget Control Panel running on a Windows machine will be used.


The Phidget Control Panel is available for use on both macOS and Windows machines.

Windows

To open the Phidget Control Panel on Windows, find the Ph.jpg icon in the taskbar. If it is not there, open up the start menu and search for Phidget Control Panel

Windows PhidgetTaskbar.PNG

macOS

To open the Phidget Control Panel on macOS, open Finder and navigate to the Phidget Control Panel in the Applications list. Double click on the Ph.jpg icon to bring up the Phidget Control Panel.


For more information, take a look at the getting started guide for your operating system:


Linux users can follow the getting started with Linux guide and continue reading here for more information about the RCC1000.

First Look

After plugging the RCC1000 into your computer and opening the Phidget Control Panel, you will see something like this:

RCC1000 Panel.jpg


The Phidget Control Panel will list all connected Phidgets and associated objects, as well as the following information:

  • Serial number: allows you to differentiate between similar Phidgets.
  • Channel: allows you to differentiate between similar objects on a Phidget.
  • Version number: corresponds to the firmware version your Phidget is running. If your Phidget is listed in red, your firmware is out of date. Update the firmware by double-clicking the entry.


The Phidget Control Panel can also be used to test your device. Double-clicking on an object will open an example.

Part 2: Using Your Phidget

About

The RC Servo Phidget can control the position, velocity, and acceleration of up to 16 RC servo motors. It is powered externally by an 8-30V supply, providing a total of up to 20A of regulated power to its servos. You can control the regulator and choose a global voltage of 5.0V, 6.0V, or 7.4V. A servo will have more torque when running at a higher voltage but will have a shorter overall lifespan.

Explore Your Phidget Channels Using The Control Panel

You can use your Control Panel to explore your Phidget's channels.

1. Open your Control Panel, and you will find the following channels:

RCC1000 Panel.jpg

2. Double click on a channel to open an example program. Each channel belongs to the RCServo channel class:

RC Servo Motor Controller: Controls the position, velocity limit, acceleration and supply voltage of a servo motor

In your Control Panel, double click on "RC Servo Motor Controller":

RCC1000-RCServo.jpg

Part 3: Create your Program

1. Setting up your Programming Environment

2. Phidget Programming Basics

Part 4: Advanced Topics and Troubleshooting

How do I know what channel, serial number, or hub port to use in my program?

Before you open a Phidget channel in your program, you can set these properties to specify which channel to open. You can find this information through the Control Panel.

1. Open the Control Panel and double-click on the red map pin icon:

The locate Phidget button is found in the device information box

2. The Addressing Information window will open. Here you will find all the information you need to address your Phidget in your program.

All the information you need to address your Phidget


See the Phidget22 API for your language to determine exact syntax for each property.

Selecting Min and Max Pulse Width

The easiest way to determine the minimum and maximum pulse width is to check your servo's datasheet or specification table and use the numbers provided. If you do not have the numbers, you can determine the maximum and minimum pulse width by following this process:

  • Set the minimum to 1000us and the maximum to 1001us as a starting point
  • Reduce the minimum to 900us and hit apply. Enable the servo and test moving to the minimum position value, and then return to the maximum. If the servo doesn’t vibrate or make a buzzing noise, you can continue to reduce the minimum and repeat this process.
  • When the servo eventually vibrates or makes a buzzing noise, it means it's stalled out and you've gone past its minimum. If this happens, continue increasing the minimum by small amounts until there is no buzzing or vibration when holding the minimum position.
  • Repeat this process for the maximum pulse width, increasing the maximum setting until the motor stalls out. Then adjust lower to hit the maximum value without the motor stalling.

This process is important because selecting a minimum or maximum pulse width that results in the motor stalling could have an impact on the motor's lifespan.

If you have a continuous rotation servo, you do not have to worry about the motor stalling. Increase the maximum and decrease the minimum until you reach the servo's maximum speed.

Synchronization of Multiple Servo Motors

Many applications call for several servo motors operating in unison - for example, operating a CNC table, or a robot arm. Highly precise synchronization of servos using the RCC1000 is not possible, as the sequencing will be affected by the real-time performance of your operating system. Each servo is controlled as an independent unit, so there is no way of arranging for a particular action to happen to all motors at the same time. Typical jitter can be 10-30mS.

Software Objects

Channel NameAPIChannel
RC Servo Motor Controller RCServo 0 - 15

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Language:

APIDetailLanguageOS
RCServo Visual Studio GUI C# Windows Download
RCServo Java Android Download
RCServo JavaScript Browser Download
RCServo Objective-C macOS Download
RCServo Swift macOS Download
RCServo Swift iOS Download
RCServo Visual Basic .NET Windows Download
RCServo Max/MSP Multiple Download

Product Specifications

Board Properties
Controlled By VINT
Servo Controller
Number of Motor Ports 16
Pulse Width Min 63 ns
Pulse Width Max 4 ms
Pulse Width Resolution 63 ns
Pulse Code Period 20 ms
Electrical Properties
Supply Voltage Min 8 V DC
Supply Voltage Max 30 V DC
Continuous Motor Current Max (Total) 20 A
Selectable Output Voltage Levels 5.0, 6.0, 7.4 VDC
Current Consumption Max 20 A
Current Consumption Min 10 mA
Output Impedance (Motor) 100 Ω
Replacement Fuse 20A Slow Blow Blade Type, Standard or Micro
Physical Properties
Recommended Wire Size 12 - 24 AWG
Operating Temperature Min -40 °C
Operating Temperature Max 85 °C
Customs Information
Canadian HS Export Code 8471.80.00
American HTS Import Code 8471.80.40.00
Country of Origin CN (China)

Documents

Product History

Date Board Revision Device Version Comment
January 2018 0 106 Product Release
May 2019 0 110 Added failsafe functionality
June 2019 0 111 Fixed spurious "TargetPositionReached" triggers

Have a look at our servo controllers:

Product Servo Controller
Image Part Number Price Number of Motor Ports Pulse Width Resolution
1066_1B $35.00 1 83.3 ns
RCC0004_0 $85.00 8 83.3 ns
RCC1000_0 $60.00 16 63 ns