Teknic offers a variety of industrial machine automation products, including BLDC servo motors, servo drives, motion & I/O controllers, and power supplies. Some of our products (Meridian, Eclipse) are available only to OEMs with a minimum purchase requirement. We sell our fully-integrated ClearPath motors, ClearPath accessories, Hudson BLDC servos, ClearCore controllers, ClearLink EtherNet/IP controllers, and DC power supplies on our website. If you have questions about our products, please contact us for more information.
ClearPath All-in-One Servo Motors
ClearPath integrates all servo components into one compact package:
Spring applied power-off (or fail-safe) brakes are used in applications that require the axis to stay in position, even if the machine loses power or is turned off (this is common for vertical applications or when additional safety measures are required).
Front mount compatible with any NEMA 23 or NEMA 34 motor frames
24VDC input for easy actuation
NEMA 23 pricing starting at $219 and NEMA 34 at $296
Teknic continues to advance the state-of-the-art in servo motion control. As a result, new products are engineered to provide greater performance, reliability, and value. Products that are eventually displaced by the introduction of new technology are not simply discontinued—the components continue to be manufactured and supported for as long as parts are reasonably available.
When products are forced into end of life, Teknic's factory engineers work with customers who desire to extend the life of their legacy machines with newer servo components. Some of Teknic's legacy products were available for nearly 30 years before they moved to end of life status.
Learn more about the ClearPath-MC series. ClearPath-MC is the least complex series of the ClearPath series. With the MC, you send the motor a digital input and this input triggers a pre-preprogrammed action. This action may be creating a torque, changing velocities, going to a specific position, going to a sensor, etc.
Learn more about the ClearPath-SC series. ClearPath-SC is controlled via a host application in software. SC gives customers greater flexibility to meet the needs of conditional and complex applications. The SC does not use a third party indexer like the SD series, nor input triggers like on the MC series. You control SC with your application code written in C++ or a .NET language (e.g., C#) and using Teknic's sFoundation software library.
Watch this video if you have an application that requires many locations that are integer multiples of each other (i.e. an indexing table). You can define 2-4 incremental distances and send pulses to ClearPath to move those selected distances, or send multiple pulses at a higher frequency to have ClearPath move one long, continuous move.
If you are working on an application that requires accurate velocity control with a wide or continuously variable range of possible speeds, watch this video. To use this mode, you supply a frequency or PWM command signal that is proportional to your desired speed.
If you are working on an application that only requires precise torque control (web tensioning, constant force/torque axes), ClearPath's Follow Digital Torque mode is a simple and cost effective way to achieve your constant torque needs with simple digital inputs (frequency and PWM).
Watch this video if you are looking for a fully closed-loop, digital servo motor to replace your stepper motor that keeps losing steps. ClearPath is an all-in-one brushless servo system and can be used in a "Step and Direction" operational mode.
This TekTips video will walk you through how to initially set up your ClearPath-MC or -SD series motor. From plugging in the cables and components, to starting up the MSP (Motor Setup Program) and running through a brief demo, this video will explain the necessary preliminary steps to take when you first receive your ClearPath motor. Finally, this video will list the next few steps to take after you've completed the tasks listed.
Have you ever wondered what the differences are between a stepper motor and a servo motor? Do you ever get frustrated with your stepper motor losing steps, but hesitate buying a servo motor because you think they are too expensive or complicated? With this video, learn the differences between servo motors and stepper motors when it comes to power, price, and performance.
Learn about Teknic's all-in-one ClearPath-SC integrated servo system with g-Stop tuning. G-Stop command tuning sculpts traditional motion profiles in such a way to remove energy from the profiles where there are machine resonances and concentrate energy where there are none. This allows for faster and smoother moves with less vibration.
Learn about Teknic's Meridian Motion Controller and Brushless Motor Drive with g-Stop tuning. G-Stop command tuning sculpts traditional motion profiles in such a way to remove energy from the profiles where there are machine resonances and concentrate energy where there are none. This allows for faster and smoother moves with less vibration.
Auto-tuning is the process by which ClearPath and its associated motor setup program (MSP) calibrate your unique system to create a high-performance motion profile. To accomplish this one must connect their ClearPath servo motor into a computer via USB and select the auto-tune option in MSP. This video discusses the auto-tuning process and walks you through the simple steps to achieve smooth, accurate, quiet motion.
The ClearPath Motor Setup Program (MSP) is multi-faceted software that works with ClearPath MC- and -SD series servo motors.MSP communicates with your ClearPath motor to auto-tune and optimize its performance. From there, you can save and load motor configuration files, and go on to set and adjust operational modes.Using MSP, you can set all of the associated variables such as positions, velocities, accelerations and more. Once a mode and parameters are determined, you can run your motor.
Microcontrollers are an excellent way of controlling and monitoring the state of ClearPath's digital inputs and outputs. In this video we wire ClearPath to the popular Arduino Uno and explain the steps in a simple, straightforward process. After the detailed wiring diagrams and connections are explained we take a look at some example code in the Arduino IDE. Through this, we see what can be done in only a few minutes when combining ClearPath with microcontrollers. Please note, this video just scratches the surface of what can be accomplished, but it can be used as a good starting point. More ClearPath/Arduino videos are being planned, but feel free to give us suggestions for specific videos to make.
Watch this TekTips video to get a brief overview of how to use ClearPath's diagnostic tools. With the MSP scope tool, you can measure the operation and performance of your mechanics, motor, and control signals. The scope allows you to measure application variables such as the actual torque used in your application, commanded velocity, and tracking error.
Learn about Teknic's proprietary motion smoothing algorithm: Regressive Auto-Spline (or RAS for short). The RAS goes beyond traditional motion smoothing algorithms such as S-curving or cosine smoothing by limiting the jerk and the jerk-derivative resulting in incredibly smooth motion profiles. The video explains, in detail, what the RAS does graphically and uses a linear axis with a spring load to clearly illustrate the effect that the RAS has on a system.
ClearView is a multi-faceted software program that works with ClearPath-SC series servo motors. ClearView communicates with your ClearPath motor to auto-tune and optimize its performance. From there, you can save and load motor configuration files, and go on to set and adjust operational modes.
Watch this video to learn about using ClearPath-SC (Software Control) with single board computers such as BeagleBone Black or Raspberry Pi. ClearPath-SC blends a sophisticated, networked motion controller into the already compact ClearPath all-in-one servo motor system. Using ClearPath-SC, your single board computer, and C++ libraries provided by Teknic, you can coordinate up to 48 axes or more. This system also gives you access to features such as g-Stop tuning, head-tail moves, conditional torque limiting, position capture, and more.
Learn about the different safety features you can set up for your ClearPath servo application. With the MSP or ClearView software programs, a user is able to set up speed limits, asymmetric torque limits, tracking error limit, and other safety settings specific to the application.
Watch this TekTips video to get an extended overview of how to use ClearPath's diagnostic tools. With the MSP scope tool, you can measure the operation and performance of your mechanics, motor, and control signals. The scope allows you to measure application variables such as the actual torque used in your application, commanded velocity, and tracking error. This video will cover the layout of the scope, different variables you can measure, different trigger modes, and more. You'll also learn how to store multiple traces, read the strip chart, and use the cursors to measure variables such as move time, torque amplitude, and maximum velocity.
This article discusses the technical considerations unique to motor drive power, and compares the three power supply types. If you already have a bulk linear supply or a switcher you were planning to use, you will learn what modifications may be necessary to optimize them for motor power applications.
Although Teknic doesn’t manufacture mechanical stages or coupling components, we do manufacture the motion control products that drive these stages. Teknic’s engineers have worked on thousands of different mechanical systems over the last 30 years and are familiar with the coupling methods that work best in difficult, bi-directional servo applications. We’ve found that the ideal mechanical attachment approach for your application is not always obvious, is often different than what has been done traditionally, and will depend on a variety of metrics.
Every day, Teknic’s servo systems power hundreds of thousands of actuators. We don’t build actuators, but for our customers to be successful, their actuators must perform well and reliably. For the past thirty years, Teknic has worked alongside our OEM customers, helping them select and design mechanical systems to optimize their motion performance. We’ve learned quite a bit over the years that we’d like to share here.