Celera Motion Launches First Open-Source PCB Design for Robotics

Celera Motion, a business unit of Novanta Inc., launches Summit Designer. This innovative new tool delivers standard market-ready printed circuit board (PCB) designs for robotic applications. Mainly, Summit Designer promotes significant savings in cost, work, and time to market.

Summit Designer aims to simplify PCB design work for robotic solutions.

Specifically, Summit Designer is an open-source PCB design library. It features a diverse and vast offering of market-ready application-specific PCBs that are designed, supported, and updated by experts. Also, it offers an optimal way to effortlessly develop compact robot joints, multi-axis AGV/AMR systems, industrial end-effectors, and surgical robots.

More importantly, this innovative tool is the first of its kind offered on the market.

“Summit Designer allows developers to create an ideal application using tested and proven PCB designs,” said Marc Vila, Director of Strategy and Business Development at Celera Motion. “This ingenious new platform cuts development time, decreases the chances of error, and reduces prototype iterations. That’s more important than ever as markets evolve faster and grow more competitive. Unexpected delays can be catastrophic to projects.”

Open-Sourced Design

Moreover, Summit Designer is exceptionally easy to use. Every design is open-source and consists of a complete, fully customizable, and fully documented Altium project.

To create a fully functional servo drive design for a market-ready robot, users only choose and add their desired modules. The options are designed to satisfy the most common requirements, including the type of connectors, communication protocols, safety functions, and motor and encoder specifications. Then, users will receive a fully scalable and modular download file ready to edit at their convenience. Also, company experts are available to answer questions and guide users.

The entire process takes just five simple steps. First, customers bring an idea for a new motion control application to the Summit Designer website at Second, they check the PCB designs there to find the one that fits their needs. Then, they customize it with Celera Motion’s in-depth application guide. Next, they talk to company experts and get support whenever needed. Finally, they plug into a Summit Drive and go to market.

“Summit Designer was developed by top experts in motion control applications and robotics,” Vila said. “Our goal was to make the process as simple, flexible and seamless as possible. Each project allows for high customization and provides all the necessary tools in a single download.”