I am seeking a basic programmable motor controller. I am familiar with the Elmo brand motor controllers, and they generally have the kinds of feature s I want, plus more. But the cost for their controller is a problem, espec ially since I need to control 3 axes. My motors draw less than 1 amp at 24 v.
I would like to pre-set the following for a set of 3 DC motors.1) Set Acceleration/acceleration speed. 2) Set max speed. 3) Go to preset points by closing a contact. E.g. press button A to go to position A. 4) Recognize limit switches. 5) Allow user to control position using a joystick.
I realize that I can use an Arduino with a motor controller, but as soon as you start adding quadrature encoders, it gets to be a pain. And, while I used to do some programming year ago, I would rather not have a major learn ing hump to get over.
Does anything like this exist at the hobbyist level?
Thanks for any advice.