Boxes for the first 500 pcs if IONI drives arrived ahead of the schedule. These will be used also for other small items such as SimpleMotion V2 USB adapters. A the size is 100x50x20 mm, there is room for a higher power IONI model as well.
As we are expecting the release candidate prototypes of IONI arrive
any moment now on the first week of December according to factory, it’s good to shed light to the plans regarding the drive.
Here is a draft of one option: we launch a standard model which has all the features we have implemented to the date (pretty much all the stuff that Argon has) and a Pro version where we add sophisticated features that may be useful for the most demanding applications.
One might wonder why not to put everything into the one model. The reasons for separating the models into different price versions traces back to the cost. There will be cost of development and support that affect the Pro version price. Support is the main factor here. More sophisticated features inevitably generate more support overhead and that costs our time. If a customer buys lots of drives, then price of the two will become nearly same as the difference in support becomes near equal.
And the good news for early birds: as the implementation of Pro features will begin after standard IONI model launch, and there is no much extra in Pro, the early bird users will be receiving the Pro version at the price of standard model :-)
As the multi-drop bus, SimpleMotion V2, contains also dedicated signals for drive Enable and Safe torque off, there is need for user to make electrical wiring to the bus. Based on support requests and feedback, we figured out there is need to ease this job. This is why SMV2BRK (SimpleMotion V2 break-out-board) was created.
SMV2BRK will become available through the web shop shortly. SMV2USB and SMV2BRK will be also sold as kit.