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The DCC1100 requires an 8-30V DC power supply and can control one brushless DC motor. The motor must have hall-effect feedback for this controller to function. The DCC1100 has a 5-pin Molex connector to interface with the motor's hall-effect output. This Phidget connects to your computer through a VINT Hub.
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:
|Image||Part Number||Price||Number of VINT Ports||Controlled By|
|HUB5000_0||$60.00||6||Local Network (Ethernet or Wi-Fi)|
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.
|Image||Part Number||Price||Cable Length|
Using motor controllers with large motors can pose a risk for your power supply. If your supply does not have protective features built-in, you can use a Power Guard Phidget to prevent damage from power spikes from back EMF that is generated when motors brake or change direction. We recommend that you use the SAF2000 for any motor with a current rating between 1 and 5 amperes, and the SAF1000 for motors above 5A.
We offer a wide variety of BLDC motors that can be used with this Phidget. For wiring details, see the Connection & Compatibility tab on the motor's product page. This controller is only compatible with BLDC motors that have hall-effect sensor feedback.
|Product||Motor Properties||Gearbox Properties|
|Image||Part Number||Price||Rated Speed||Rated Torque||Gear Ratio|
|DCM4100_0||$36.00||4000 RPM||1.3 kg·cm||—|
|DCM4101_0||$72.00||810 RPM||5.6 kg·cm||4 7/8 : 1|
|DCM4102_0||$74.00||260 RPM||15.3 kg·cm||14 70/121 : 1|
|DCM4103_0||$76.00||166 RPM||24.5 kg·cm||23 49/64 : 1|
|DCM4104_0||$80.00||70 RPM||51 kg·cm||55 833/1331 : 1|
|DCM4105_0||$85.00||38 RPM||193.7 kg·cm||105 5/8 : 1|
|DCM4106_0||$42.00||4000 RPM||2.8 kg·cm||—|
|DCM4107_0||$84.00||930 RPM||12.2 kg·cm||4 1/4 : 1|
|DCM4108_0||$86.00||250 RPM||37.7 kg·cm||15 3/10: 1|
|DCM4109_0||$88.00||170 RPM||57.1 kg·cm||22 2/3 : 1|
|DCM4110_0||$95.00||82 RPM||102 kg·cm||46 82/125 : 1|
|DCM4111_0||$98.00||41 RPM||214.1 kg·cm||96 1/3 : 1|
|DCM4112_0||$65.00||4000 RPM||5 kg·cm||—|
This Phidget requires a power supply between 8 and 30V DC. Select the 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||—|
These cables are normally used to connect encoders to Phidgets, but the same connector is used by the hall effect input on the DCC1100. The BLDC motors sold at Phidgets already have this cable soldered to the end of the hall effect wires, but if you have your own motor you can buy one of these cables. Just snip one end off and solder it to you motor's hall effect wires in order to connect it to the DCC1100.
|Image||Part Number||Price||Cable Length||Cable Gauge|
|3019_0||$5.00||500 mm||26 AWG|
Welcome to the DCC1100 user guide! In order to get started, make sure you have the following hardware on hand:
Next, you will need to connect the pieces:
Now that you have everything together, let's start using the DCC1100!
In order to demonstrate the functionality of the DCC1100, 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.
To open the Phidget Control Panel on Windows, find the icon in the taskbar. If it is not there, open up the start menu and search for Phidget Control Panel
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 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 DCC1100.
After plugging the DCC1100 into your computer and opening the Phidget Control Panel, you will see something like this:
The Phidget Control Panel will list all connected Phidgets and associated objects, as well as the following information:
The Phidget Control Panel can also be used to test your device. Double-clicking on an object will open an example.
The DCC1100 lets you control one brushless DC motor with hall-effect feedback. With this Phidget, you can set the velocity (forward or reverse) and acceleration of your motor, or set a specific target position using the position controller built into the Phidgets software libraries. You can also monitor the controller temperature for cooling management and safety.
The DCC1100 requires an 8-30V DC power supply.
You can use your Control Panel to explore your Phidget's channels.
1. Open your Control Panel, and you will find the following channels:
2. Double click on a channel to open an example program. Each channel belongs to a different channel class:
In your Control Panel, double click on "Brushless DC Motor Controller":
In your Control Panel, double click on "Position Controller":
In your Control Panel, double click on "Temperature Sensor":
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:
2. The Addressing Information window will open. Here you will find all the information you need to address your Phidget in your program.
See the Phidget22 API for your language to determine exact syntax for each property.
The Change Trigger is the minimum change in the sensor data needed to trigger a new data event. The Data Interval is the time (in ms) between data events sent out from your Phidget. You can modify one or both of these values to achieve different data outputs. You can learn more about these two properties here.
If the load on your motor is large, your motor may begin rotating more slowly, or even fully stall. Depending on the voltage across your motor, this may result in a large amount of current through both the controller and the motor. In order to prevent damage in these situations, you can use the StallVelocity property.
The StallVelocity should be set to the lowest velocity you would expect from your motor. The controller will then monitor the motor's velocity, as well as the Velocity, and prevent a 'dangerous stall' from occuring. If the controller detects a dangerous stall, it will immediately reduce the Velocity (i.e. average voltage) to 0 and an error will be reported to your program.
Setting StallVelocity to 0 will turn off stall protection functionality.
Rescale Factor can be set to change the motor position units into something more useful, such as degrees or rotations. The following video explains how to set the Rescale Factor using a stepper controller as an example.
Instead of steps, brushless DC motors work in commutations. The number of commutations per rotation is equal to the number of poles multiplied by the number of phases. So, if you have an 8-Pole, 3-Phase motor, the motor will have 24 commutations per rotation. For this motor, to change the target position units from communications to rotations, you would set the rescale factor to 1/24, or 0.0416.
In order to get the desired behavior from your controller, you will have to tune your control parameters. This video explains the tuning procedure and gives information on how the controller works.
Check your motor wires are hooked up correctly to the A B C terminals. Of the six possible wiring permutations, only one will result in normal rotation.
Four of the wiring permutations will cause the motor to stall, and the other will cause reverse rotation.
Check your motor’s datasheet for the correct wiring.
For specifications that deal with acceleration and velocity limits, see the API tab.
|Supply Voltage Min||8 V DC|
|Supply Voltage Max||30 V DC|
|Current Consumption (Unconfigured)||(VINT Port) 500 μA|
|Current Consumption Max||(VINT Port) 650 μA|
|Replacement Fuse||20A Slow Blow Blade Type, Standard or Micro|
|Continuous Motor Current Max||20 A|
|Motor Type||Brushless DC|
|Number of Motor Ports||1|
|Velocity Resolution||0.003 Duty Cycle|
|Hall-Effect Voltage||5 V DC|
|Operating Temperature Min||-40 °C|
|Operating Temperature Max||85 °C|
|Canadian HS Export Code||8471.80.00|
|American HTS Import Code||8471.80.40.00|
|Country of Origin||CN (China)|
|3019 Cable||Motor Wire|
To make connection simple, the DCC1100 has a 5-pin molex connector to interface with the motor's hall-effect output. All BLDC motors sold at Phidgets have the mating connector soldered to the end of the cable. If you have your own motor, you can cut a Phidget Encoder cable in half and solder them together as follows:
|Date||Board Revision||Device Version||Comment|
|March 2018||0||113||Product Release|
|March 2018||0||114||Fixed issue where duty cycle never fully reached 1.0|
|May 2019||0||120||Added failsafe timer functionality|
|Brushless DC Motor Controller||BLDCMotor||0|
|TemperatureSensor||Visual Studio GUI||C#||Windows||Download|
|TemperatureSensor||Visual Basic .NET||Windows||Download|
|MotorPositionController||Visual Basic .NET||Windows||Download|