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Applied Motion Products’ ST-5 Stepper Drive March 1, 2016

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Applied Motion Products ST5 Stepper Driver

Applied Motion Products ST5 Stepper Driver

Basic step and direction drives for powering step motors abound in the marketplace, and it takes dedication to set our drives apart from the pack. We do this by developing innovative control solutions that make step motors perform better (faster, quieter, smoother, more accurately, and with more torque), without breaking the budget. We also differentiate our product line by offering drives that are smarter than basic drives. This article touches on a smarter class of step motor drives, including the popular ST5-S stepper drive, that can be controlled by higher level streaming commands.

Basic Step Motor Drives

Step and direction drives are the perfect choice for many applications because readily available machine controllers – like PLCs, motion controllers, indexers, and PCs – can generate the digital step (pulse) and direction signals necessary to control the motion of the motor. However, care must be taken to select a controller with a digital output specification of 2 MHz or higher if using microstepping, and depending on the controller selected, generating the code to create the motion profiles can be time consuming.

Beyond Basic Drives

For many other applications, a drive that can accept higher level commands via a permanent serial connection – such as RS-232, RS-485 or Ethernet – provides another option for system designers who prefer not to mess with coding up the motion profiles and would prefer instead to rely on the smart step motor drive to generate the profiles internally. In this scenario the designer provides high level commands to the drive that describe the parameters of the motion profile, i.e. acceleration, deceleration, constant velocity, and distance or position, and the drive takes care of generating the necessary pulses and controlling the motion of the step motor. This approach, commonly referred to as “streaming commands”, frees up programming time, reduces discrete I/O count, and potentially alleviates a lot of headaches.

Sample Higher Level Command Sequence

Below is a typical sequence of higher level commands for an Applied Motion drive. This sequence includes one command for each parameter of the motion profile: acceleration rate, deceleration rate, velocity, and distance traveled. At the end of the sequence a single command initiates the defined motion from the motor.

AC100 Set acceleration rate to 100 rev/sec/sec
DE100 Set deceleration rate to 100 rev/sec/sec
VE5.5 Set motor velocity to 5.5 rev/sec
DI10000 Set move distance to 10,000 steps
FL Initiate an incremental positioning movement (AKA Feed to Length)
The ST5-S Stepper Drive

The ST5-S stepper drive is a prime example of a smart step motor drive that provides this higher level capability via streaming commands. The ST5-S provides up to 5.0 amps/phase to drive 2-phase step motors from the small size NEMA 11 up to the large size NEMA 34. It has an attractive list price and is ready to ship from our warehouse in California.

For applications requiring more torque with bigger motors check out the ST10-S stepper drive.

The Applied Motion Products ST-S product information can be viewed at:
https://www.servo2go.com/product.php?ID=101719&cat=

For more information, please contact:

EDITORIAL CONTACT:

Warren Osak
sales@servo2go.com
Toll Free Phone:   877-378-0240
Toll Free Fax:       877-378-0249
www.servo2go.com

 

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STAC5 – NEW Lower Price for Microstepping Drive March 18, 2014

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Applied Motion’s powerful stepper drive costs the same as a competitors drive without a built-in power supply, and features…      

  • High performance
  • Built-in power supply & regeneration clamp
  • 120 and 220 VAC models
  • Accepts pulse & direction, streaming commands, stored programming
  • 10/100 MBit Ethernet & EtherNet/IP
  • Advanced anti-resonance
  • Matching high performance motors
AMP's STAC5 Microstep Driver with HT23 Motor

AMP’s STAC5 Microstep Driver with HT23 Motor

The STAC5 provides up to 5 amps per phase from a high bus voltage with sophisticated current control, delivering high torque over a board range of speeds.  An advanced anti-resonance algorithm with electronic damping allows for maximum torque utilization and fast settling times.

The STAC5 is available in 120VAC and 220VAC versions, both housed in a compact package.

All STAC5 models include 100Mbit Ethernet communication.  The Ethernet interface is used to configure the STAC5 and motor, and also supports the SCL and Q languages over standard Ethernet cabling, addressing and protocols.There are 3 control options available with the STAC5 stepper drives: S, Q and IP.

  • “S” drives can operate in pulse & direction, velocity, and streaming serial (SCL) control modes.  To select the control mode, as well as to setup the motor and configure other drive parameters, use the ST Configurator™ software.
  • “Q” drives can operate in all of the same control modes as an S drive, plus they have the ability to run stand-alone Q programs stored in non-volatile memory.  Q programs are created using the Q Programmer™ software, which provides multi-tasking, math functions, conditional processing, data register manipulation, and more features in a robust yet simple text-based programming language.  Like S drives, Q drives must first be setup and configured using the ST Configurator™ software.
  • “IP” drives come with built-in EtherNet/IP network communications, the widely used industrial protocol for manufacturing automation applications.  With EtherNet/IP users can control, configure and query the drive using an open, standards-based, industrial Ethernet connection at speeds up to 100 MBits/sec.  The STAC5-IP drives run all of the same control modes as STAC5-Q drives, with the addition that all drive features can be accessed over EtherNet/IP, including more than 100 commands and 130 registers for controlling motion, I/O, configuration, polling, math, register manipulation, and Q programming.  STAC5-IP drives are setup and configured using ST Configurator™, and Q programs are created using Q Programmer™.

An encoder feedback option provides position verification, stall detection and/or stall prevention.  Applied Motion’s proprietary stall prevention algorithm monitors rotor lag and automatically reduces speed or acceleration to avoid motor stalls, allowing 100% torque utilization.

The STAC5 can be purchased with a wide range of high torque step motors, optimized for use with the drive.  Three lengths of HT23 are available in single and double shaft configurations:  HT23-552, HT23-553 and HT23-554, with holding torque ranging from 84 to 255 ounce-inches.  Three lengths of HT34 are also available in single and double shaft configurations:  HT34-495, HT34-496 and HT34-497, with holding torque ranging from 550 to 1700 ounce-inches.

For more information on the STAC5 Stepper Drives from Applied Motion Products, click on the link below:

https://www.servo2go.com/product.php?ID=105241&cat=

For more information, please contact:

Editorial Contact:

Warren Osak
sales@servo2go.com
Toll Free Phone:  877-378-0240
Toll Free Fax:       877-378-0249
www.servo2go.com

Tags:  Step Drive, Stepper Driver, Step Driver, Step Motor, Automation, Motion Control, Servo2Go, Applied Motion Products

Si Programmer: A Complete Training Video for programming stepper drives! November 8, 2013

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Intended for use in stand-alone applications, Si Programmer™ Software, from Applied Motion Products, provides an extremely friendly point-and-click graphical interface  that doesn’t require any previous programming experience.  The software runs on Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2000, NT, ME, or 98.

Si Programming Video

Si Programming Video

Click on the link below to view the video-

http://www.applied-motion.com/videos/amp-training-si-programming-software?test=october2013newsletter

More information on the Si Programmable Products from Applied Motion Products can be viewed at-
http://www.servo2go.com/search.php?search=Indexer&D=PROD

For more information, please contact:

Warren Osak
sales@servo2go.com
Toll Free Phone:  877-378-0240
Toll Free Fax:       877-378-0249
www.servo2go.com

Choosing a Power Supply for Your Stepper Drive October 11, 2013

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Power Supply for Stepper Drives

Power Supply for Stepper Drives

When choosing a power supply for a stepping motor driver there are performance and sizing issues that must be addressed.  An undersized power supply can lead to poor performance and even possible damage to the stepping motor driver, which can be both time consuming and expensive.  However, bipolar chopping stepping motor drives are quite efficient and may not require as large a supply as you might suspect.

Click on the link below to download this free White Paper.

http://www.servo2go.com/support/files/Choosing%20a%20Power%20Supply%20for%20Your%20Stepper%20Drive.pdf

For more information, please contact:

EDITORIAL CONTACT:
Warren Osak
sales@servo2go.com
Toll Free Phone:   877-378-0240
Toll Free Fax:       877-378-0249
www.servo2go.com