NEW PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENT- SENSORED MOTORS

Olathe KS, November 1, 2016 – Castle Creations Inc., the leader in electronic speed controllers (ESC) and BLDC motors for radio controlled (R/C) car, air, and multi-rotor hobby markets, as well as commercial UAV and drone markets, has been providing award winning brushless sensorless motors to R/C enthusiasts worldwide for more than a decade. In response to overwhelming requests, they have brought technological advancements together to deliver unprecedented performance in a new BRUSHLESS SENSORED motor line.

Efficiency and reliability were the key elements driving the development of a sensored motor design that could be pushed harder, run longer, stay cooler, and withstand harsh elements. To achieve all of these performance demands and more, Castle engineers integrated rotor position sensor technology with an improved high power and high efficiency motor design. Users will experience PRECISE THROTTLE CONTROL and BUTTERY SMOOTH starts plus the RAW POWER and LONGER RUN TIMES that Castle’s highly efficient brushless sensorless motors are known to produce. The higher the efficiency of a motor the more power it can produce without overheating; the less power it takes to produce the same output power; and the less energy it turns into heat. Efficiency equals performance, these motors are ready to be pushed harder, run longer and stay cooler.

Without a robust and reliable design, efficiency will only go so far. Oversized NMB bearings and a vibration dampening system were used to guarantee the longest bearing life possible. High-strength, high-temperature grade neodymium sintered magnets combined with a high-strength Kevlar wrap ensures the integrity of the rotor is not compromised during harsh running conditions. A proprietary winding technique is also used to produce a stator assembly that is the lowest possible resistance, resulting in a cooler running, and longer lasting, motor.

Key features of the new SENSORED MOTORS include:

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  • Designed and supported in Olathe, KS USA
  • IMPROVED 4-POLE 12-SLOT design boasts exceptional EFFICIENCY and produces LESS HEAT.
  • QUIETSENSE™ technology shields the sensors from magnetic field noise through the use of a FLUX SHIELD™ in conjunction with secondary Sense Magnets delivering even HIGHER PRECISION and MORE EFFICIENT
  • Fully optimized design eliminates the need for mechanical timing adjustments. Castle’s sensor alignment method delivers uniform timing and torque in both directions, automatically.
  • REBUILDABLE design allows users to replace front end bell/bearing assembly or rotor/shaft assembly.
  • ROAR standard sensor port and labeled connections.
  • Updated modern and sleek design; looks as cool as it performs.
  • When paired with a Castle Creations SMARTSENSE ™ sensor supported ESC, like the MAMBA MICRO X, MAMBA MAX PRO or MAMBA MONSTER X, you can unlock advanced tuning capabilities that Castle Link[1] provides specifically for sensored motors.

SMARTSENSE™ uses the motors sensors to start the motor to provide smooth starts, excellent torque, and low-speed drivability. Once the motor is turning, it seamlessly transitions to Castle’s ULTRA- EFFICIENT sensorless mode. Electronic timing in SMARTSENSE™ will advance timing automatically for peak performance during all driving conditions. This allows users to combine the best of both worlds in an unrivaled HYBRID between smooth sensored startups and high-efficiency sensorless drive.

“R/C is constantly evolving. Drivers in all applications demand clean starts when coming off the line. Crawler fans require high-precision low speed control and torque for climbing, racers need precision and predictability, and dragsters don’t have a millisecond to spare. Our goal was to design a motor that addressed all of the performance and reliability needs of the R/C surface market”, says Jonathan Feldkamp, Director of Engineering. “Users will reap the benefits of longer run times on one battery and a cooler running motor that can be pushed harder.”

Castle Creations’ initial release of eleven sensored motors, suited for 1:10 and 1:8 scale R/C Surface enthusiasts, will begin shipping in November from Olathe, Kansas.

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Media Information: http://www.castlecreations.com/media-kits

[1] Castle Link software requires a Castle Link USB Adapter and a computer that is running Windows. Castle Link is compatible with Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10.

NEW PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENT – DMR 30/40 DEDICATED MULTI-ROTOR ESC
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Olathe KS, September 14, 2016 – Castle Creations Inc., the leader in electronic speed controllers (ESC) for radio controlled (R/C) car, air, and multi-rotor hobby markets, as well as commercial UAV and drone markets, is excited to announce the release of the brand new, high performance, DMR 30/40 ESC for use in high performance and demanding applications such as FPV racing drones, battle drones, large camera carrying multi-rotors, and heavy lift multi-rotors.

Loaded with features, the DMR 30/40 boasts an impressive power to weight ratio and is ready to fly right out of the package.   The DMR 30/40 is controlled by Castle’s innovative Multi-Rotor V5 firmware released in July of 2016. The Multi-Rotor V5 firmware includes Castle’s proprietary Adaptive Timing SystemTM (ATSTM) which maximizes efficiency and power output across the entire throttle range and results in increased flight times and noticeably more torque.

Key features of the new DMR 30/40 include:

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  • Adaptive Timing System™ (ATSTM) technology 
  • Ultra-low internal resistance design
  • Ready to fly out of the package with exclusive Castle “Turbo Sound”
  • High power to weight ratio: Over 1kW from a 5.2g ESC1
  • Advanced rotorSENSE2 allows elegant simplicity in throttle calibration and setting motor direction
  • Auto-Detecting Input Signal selects between Servo PWM, OneShot, and OneShot125
  • Dynamic motor PWM frequency
  • High maximum electrical RPM to support some of the fastest motors available
  • Improved Active Braking algorithm
  • Wide input voltage range for a variety of applications and flight times
  • Programmable via Castle Link USB Adapter or Castle Field Link
  • Designed, manufactured, and supported from Olathe, KS USA

Released in July 2016, Multi-Rotor V5 firmware is a free upgrade to existing multi-rotor products and available for download through Castle Creations’ website, www.castlecreations.com. 

“We are very excited about the release of our new DMR 30/40 ESCs to the growing FPV drone and multi-rotor markets”, says Brian O’Donnell, Director of Marketing and Sales.  “The market has been asking Castle to provide a robust design that is easy to use, has outstanding performance and support.   Bringing this new innovation to our FPV drone and multi-rotor customers is only the beginning. It is an exciting time to be in RC and at Castle Creations.”

 

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Media Information:

Product page: http://www.castlecreations.com/en/dmr-3040-4pack-010-0156-00

Footnotes:

  1. Board weight only. Wire weight not included. Power estimated at 25.2V, 40A, full throttle, and 40mph airflow
  2. Advanced rotorSENSE is inspired by ImmersionRC rotorSENSE
NEW PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENT – MULTI-ROTOR V5 Firmware
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speed controllers (ESC)  for unmanned aircraft systems, is excited to announce the release of a brand new, state-of-the-art and feature rich firmware, Multi-Rotor V5, for FPV racing and multi-rotor drones (UAV’s).

Castle Creations’ ESC’s are designed for use in high performance and FPV racing and multi-rotor drones and have a unique Adaptive Timing System to maximize efficiency and power output across the entire throttle range, increasing flight times and maximizing power. Multi-Rotor V5 features an extremely fast throttle response and allows for very high throttle input frequencies, resulting in increased vehicle stability.

When FPV racers upgrade to Castle Creations’ new, industry-leading Multi-Rotor V5 firmware, they will experience thrust, precision and agility like never before. Multi-Rotor V5 is a free upgrade to existing CastleLink software users and available for download through Castle Creations’ website, www.castlecreations.com.

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Additional key features include:

  • Wide input voltage range (6-25.2V)
  • High Maximum electrical RPM (300,000 eRPM) – a must have for FPV racers!
  • Adaptive Timing System for Increased Power and Efficiency
  • Low Internal Resistance for Maximum Efficiency
  • Low Latency Throttle Response – provides better stability and control!
  • Auto Detecting Servo PWM (500HZ) and OneShot 125 (4Khz) input options
  • Very Linear Throttle Response – improves “feel” in flight!
  • Active Braking – quicker throttle response when decelerating!
  • Programmable via Castle Link USB Adapter – the Castle Link software suite offers industry-leading software functions and programming capability as well as access to all firmware updates and new features at no cost!
  • Throttle Calibration and Motor Direction can be easily set in the field
  • Two versions – one with a low noise 5.6V 5A switching Battery Eliminator Circuit (BEC) and one with no BEC to reduce weight

Best Suited For:

  • FPV Racing Drones
  • Battle Drones
  • Large Camera Carrying Multi-Rotors
  • Large Payload Carrying Multi-Rotors

“We are very excited about all the performance improvements this new, innovative technology presents to the ever-changing FPV drone and multirotor markets”, says Castle Creations’ President Jonathan Feldkamp. “The new Multi-Rotor V5 firmware is optimized for multi-rotor applications – incorporating the latest technologies and advanced motor control algorithms. Consumer demand continues to increase as the market becomes more innovative. We are dedicated to providing market leading ESC products to our customers.”

Castle Creations Embraces New FAA Regulations
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Olathe KS, June 23, 2016 – Castle Creations, the leader in electronic drive solutions for unmanned aircraft systems, welcomes the new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulation announced this week. The new rules will make it easier for American businesses, farmers, nonprofits and government agencies to use drones in their work.

Tuesday, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration finalized the first operation rules for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating drones into the nation’s airspace.

“These new regulations open up a world of exciting possibilities for not only Castle Creations, but our commercial customers as well. We are quite pleased that the FAA is forming a more accepting policy in the industry,” said Castle Creation’s President Jonathan Feldkamp.

The new rule (outlined here) will become effective in 60 days, replacing the current FAA scheme that requires commercial drone operators to spend months waiting for an FAA exemption and to employ a pilot with a manned aircraft license from the FAA. It offers safety regulations for unmanned aircraft drones weighing less than 55 pounds that are conducting non-hobbyist operations.

The tough regulations have been a thorn in the side of business owners for years and have made it difficult for them to take a deeper dive into the benefits of utilizing drones in the industry.

“The innovative work we will be able to provide for our customers is endless,” said Brian O’Donnell, Director of Sales and Marketing for Castle Creations. “Our customers in the agriculture, energy and rescue industries are very excited about these new rules and what it is going to do for their bottom line. Castle Creations is excited about this growing opportunity and pleased to be a part of it.”

According to industry estimates, the rule could generate more than $82 billion for the U.S. economy and create more than 100,000 new jobs over the next 10 years.

For Castle Creations’ customers, it couldn’t be better timing. This week Castle Creations has released a firmware update that gives our commercial customers some much needed features such as reverse thrust and improved failure recovery technology. This will be followed by a release for FPV racers and a new platform shortly thereafter. Castle Creations continues to invest in R&D that will lead the industry for years to come.

About Castle Creations

Castle Creations, Inc. is a global manufacturer that has challenged the limits of technology since 1997.  Based in Olathe, KS USA, Castle continues to pioneer high-performance electronic speed controls (ESC) and motors for the radio controlled (R/C) air, multi-rotor and car enthusiast markets as well as commercial UAV and drone markets.   Our custom products continue to deliver high-performance electric drive solutions that are commonly used in motion control applications.

New Product Announcement - X-BUS Telemetry Link
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In this day and age, we all know RC is not just one way communication anymore. Telemetry advancements are rapidly emerging and Castle has collaborated with the radio experts at Futaba® and Spektrum® to release two incredibly useful and easy to use Telemetry products. Air and Surface enthusiasts now have a means to receive and view telemetry data on compatible Spektrum® radios when using their favorite Castle ESC’s.*

The Castle Telemetry Links were developed based on communication protocol from Spektrum®.  They become a communication module between the Castle ESC and the radio receiver and/or telemetry module where they are attached. The Castle ESC is then easily programmed through Castle Link ™ to allow the bidirectional communication required to transmit data to the radios.

When setup and utilized properly, real-time data will aid in the overall enjoyment and safe operation of model airplanes, helicopters, and cars. Imagine the benefits of being notified by a configured vibration or sound alert when a defined threshold is exceeded, such as battery voltage, battery current or ESC temperature. Pilots can now react and avoid potentially costly repairs as well as gain insight into other parameters that can reduce the performance of an electric power system, such as excessive ripple voltage.

Let’s face it, a modeler’s time and energy should be devoted to enjoying their craft. Telemetry is a powerful addition to any RC enthusiast’s tool box and provides confidence to maximize model performance and gain the competitive edge.

Compatibility Parameters

Compatible Castle ESC*

The ESC must have the ability to accept a bidirectional communication protocol that gives it the ability to transmit real-time telemetry feedback. This feature is called Link Live™ and needs to be enabled on compatible ESC’s using Castle Link™.

Click here to view the Castle ESC Compatibility Chart.

(Telemetry is not compatible when using multirotor mode on AIR ESCs)

Compatible Spektrum AirWare Radio

AirWare supports bidirectional communication. It is also necessary to utilize a compatible Spektrum Telemetry Module. 

Compatible radio’s

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DX6G2, DX6G3, DX7, DX8G2, DX9, DX10t, DX18, DX18QQ, DX18G2, DX18t