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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=

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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

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Warren Osak
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New Product Release: EtherNet/IP Stepper Drives September 10, 2013

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Many communication standards have been applied to machine and motion control with varying degrees of success.   Some of the more popular are EtherNet/IP, EtherCAT, CANopen, DeviceNet and Profibus.  EtherNet/IP has become particularly popular because it is compatible with Rockwell/Allen Bradley PLCs, runs on standard Ethernet hardware, and employs the robust and proven Common Industrial Protocol (CIP) for communication, control and data gathering.

EtherNet/IP Compatible Stepper Drives

EtherNet/IP Compatible Stepper Drives

Applied Motion Products is pleased to announce the availability of eight new EtherNet/IP compatible step motor drives.   In addition to controlling a wide range of high torque step motors, these units have plentiful, industrial strength I/O and support more than 100 commands and 130 registers over the EtherNet/IP protocol with a communication speed of 100 Mbits/second.

In addition to point to point moves, homing, jogging, registration and encoder following, I/O commands and real time polling are fully supported.  Q programs can also be stored in the drive and triggered via EtherNet/IP, allowing the drive to execute complex, intelligent command sequences.

We offer four DC powered EtherNet/IP drives.  The ST5-IP-EN and ST10-IP-EN can control step motors ranging from NEMA sizes 11 to 34, producing up to 1200 oz-in of dynamic torque.  Need encoder feedback?  The ST5-IP-EE and ST10-IP-EE models include an encoder feedback option that can detect and prevent motor stalls using Applied Motion’s proprietary stall prevention algorithm.

If you prefer an AC powered unit, the STAC5 is available in 120VAC (STAC5-IP-N120) and 220VAC (STAC5-IP-N220) models that efficiently drive our specially designed, high torque NEMA 23 and 34 motors.  The STAC5-IP-E120 and STAC5-IP-E220 support encoder feedback with stall detection and stall prevention.

Both DC and AC powered drives include our auto-tuned digital current control, which provides smooth, quiet motion.  An advanced anti-resonance algorithm with electronic damping allows for maximum torque utilization, rapid acceleration, and fast settling times.

All of our EtherNet/IP drives are CE certified and ROHS compliant. AC powered models are UL recognized.

For more information, please contact:

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White Paper: Detection and Shielding of Noise in Stepper Motor Systems March 20, 2013

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Stepper Drive and Motor“Noise” or “Interference” consists of unwanted electrical signals which superimposes on and masks the desired signal. Designing a control system is challenging enough, but designing a control system that has noise immunity adds a whole other dimension. Ideally, you want the noise-to-signal ratio to be as small as possible. Noise is always present in a system that involves high power and small signal circuitry….

Click on the link below to download the full White Paper-

http://www.servo2go.com/support/files/Detection%20and%20Shielding%20of%20Noise%20in%20Stepper%20Motor%20Systems.pdf

For more information on the Stepper Motor and Drive Products from Servo2Go, click on the link below-

http://www.servo2go.com/category.php?cat=10021

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Webinar- Applying Stepper Motors: Application Questions You Must Answer & Things to Watch Out For December 16, 2012

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ElectroCraft Stepper Motor

ElectroCraft Stepper Motor

(Recorded: Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 2:00 pm ET)

This pre-recorded webinar will review some of the basic parameters necessary to properly select and apply stepper motor technology to motion applications. Topics included in this discussion will be a review of basic stepper speed-torque behavior including the stepper over-voltage ratio, a stepper in constant current operation vs. a stepper in voltage drive region, thermal ratings, the impact of winding changes on dynamic behavior, calculations and considerations for intermittent duty operation, motor/system accuracy, failure modes, and the application of all these criterion when applying stepper-based linear actuator product.

Engineers currently using stepper technology in their motion applications want to understand how to apply stepper motor technology to get the best result should attend this webinar.

In this webinar you will learn:

-Basic parameters necessary to properly select and apply stepper motor technology

-How to understand the stepper motor speed-torque curve and how to apply this to the application

-The main factors to consider when trying to optimize a stepper motor in a variety of applications

Speaker:
Tim Burke
Chief Engineer, ElectroCraft

Click on the link below to view the prerecorded Seminar-
http://video.webcasts.com/events/pmny001/viewer/index.jsp?eventid=42737

For more information on the Stepper Motor products from ElectroCraft, click on the link below-

http://www.servo2go.com/supplier.php?id=1189973790

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New White Paper: Basics of Stepper Motors December 5, 2012

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Basics of Stepper Motors

This whitepaper is an introduction and overview of stepper motors; what they are and how they work.  It covers the different types of stepper motors, their winding and wiring options, and how to troubleshoot them.

Basics of Stepper Motors Whitepaper

Basics of Stepper Motors Whitepaper

Click on the link below to download this White Paper-

http://insidepenton.com/machinedesign/nl/Nippon-basic.pdf

For more information on the Stepper Motors from Servo2Go.com, click on the link below-

http://www.servo2go.com/category.php?cat=10021&sub=10001

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Closed Loop Control Added to STAC5 Stepper Drive Series October 13, 2012

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STAC5 stepper drives from Applied Motion Products are the ultimate in step motor control. But we haven’t stopped there in our effort to make them the premier stepper drives in the world!

Applied Motion Products STAC5 Stepper Drive/Indexer

Applied Motion Products STAC5 Stepper Drive/Indexer

Closed loop control has been a very popular option on the STAC5 drives and recently we’ve added to its functionality. Previously the dynamic “stall prevention” feature was only available via stored programs or streaming commands, but now by popular demand this feature is accessible in step and direction mode and encoder following mode. Check out Jeff Kordik’s Encoder Feedback in Step Motors Systems video to see and hear more about closed loop control of step motors.

Ease of use is always high on the lists. To that end, the STAC5 family is the beneficiary of our new fully integrated ST Configurator™ software. With the new ST Configurator, the Q Programmer™ is built in – which means no switching between programs and all the tools you need are in one place. The ST Configurator software makes setting up, configuring and programming STAC5 drives a snap. All motor, I/O, encoder and motion control parameters are available to the user through an intuitive interface. The ST Stepper Drives with Ethernet video provides a nice overview of the basics of getting an Ethernet drive started up.

Like many of our drives the STAC5 series has several modes of control. Users can choose between step and direction, streaming serial commands, Q programming, and EtherNet/IP communications. For EtherNet/IP users we continue to add programmer’s tools and application notes designed to make interfacing with PLC’s quick and easy. There are three application notes available for now: one for connecting to Allen Bradley MicroLogix PLC’s, one for connecting to Allen Bradley ControlLogix and CompactLogix PLC’s, and one for Add-On Instructions in Allen Bradley’s RSLogix5000. Keep an eye on the Application Notes section of the web site under the Support menu for more notes and programming examples to come.

The STAC5 series of drives delivers the highest step motor performance and ease of use available anywhere. With the new closed loop operation in step and direction mode, the all-in-one ST Configurator software, and application notes with example code, the STAC5 drives are even better. Check out the STAC5 series today.

For more information on the STAC5 from Applied Motion Products, click on the link below-

http://www.servo2go.com/product.php?ID=105241

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Product Feature: ST5-Plus & ST10-Plus Enhanced Stepper Motor Drives August 21, 2012

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The ST5-Q and ST10-Q stepper indexer/drives are a favorite of design engineers worldwide. Here are some of the features available:

• Multiple communication options – RS-232, RS-485, Ethernet, EtherNet/IP and CANopen
• 8 programmable inputs, 4 programmable outputs, 2 analog inputs
• Closed loop encoder feedback option with dynamic position maintainence
• Encoder following mode
• Host or HMI communication mode
• Stand alone mode
• Q programs including math functions can be stored in non-volatile memory

Applied Motion Products ST5+ Stepper Driver

Applied Motion Products ST5+ Stepper Driver

But did you know there are two models, known as the ST5-Plus and ST10-Plus, that come with many of the same features? These drives have a smaller footprint, a lower price, but the same amount of power. Features include:

• RS-232 port
• 3 programmable inputs, 1 programmable output, 1 analog input
• Encoder following mode
• Host or HMI communication mode
• Stand alone mode
• Q programs including math functions can be stored in non-volatile memory

So if you have an application requiring on board motion control with limited I/O, for anything from a size 17 through 34 stepper motor, check out the ST5-Plus and ST10-Plus on our website today.

For more information on ST5+ & ST10+ stepper drivers Applied Motion Products, click on the link below-

http://www.servo2go.com/search.php?search=Microstep Driver with Indexer&D=PROD

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New Advanced Microstepping Drive from Applied Motion Products July 19, 2012

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STR2 Microstepping Drive from Applied Motion Products

STR2 Microstepping Drive from Applied Motion Products

The STR2 stepper drive is an ultra compact, digital step & direction drive, great for OEM applications requiring basic step & direction control of a 2-phase step motor. The STR2 outputs up to 2.2 A/phase to the step motor, and is compatible with a variety of 2-phase step motors that have been selected to optimize performance of both the drive and motor.

The STR2 drive features advanced microstepping performance and sophisticated current control with anti-resonance. Anti-resonance electronically damps motor and system resonances, which improves motor smoothness and torque over a wide speed range.

Each STR2 step motor drive operates in either Step & Direction or Pulse/Pulse control mode. Selecting between these two modes is done by moving a jumper located under the cover of the drive. Each STR2 drive can microstep up to 20,000 steps/rev with a 1.8º step motor (1/100 step), and can even microstep the step motor when the command pulses are low resolution. This feature is called Microstep Emulation. All drive setup is done via dip switches on the side of the drive, including motor selection, running current, idle current, and step resolution.

For more information on the STR2 from Applied Motion Products, click on the link below:

http://www.servo2go.com/product.php?ID=105421&cat=

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Joystick Operation using AMP’s Stepper & Servo Drives February 3, 2012

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Joystick operation is available with many of our drives, both stepper and servo.  Many joysticks are potentiometer based, which is the type to choose.  A 10 kilohm potentiometer will work well.  For steppers use the ST Configurator™ software to set up the drive for joystick operation.  For servos use the Quick Tuner™ software.

Here’s how to set a drive up with ST Configurator™:

Step 1)  From the home screen click on the Motion button.

Step 2)  Click on Velocity (Oscillator) Mode.

Step 3)  Uncheck the box “Use X1/STEP input as Run/Stop command ” and check the box “Speed proportional to analog input”. Then click Advanced Settings.

Step 4)  Set the Offset to 2500 mV.

Step 5)  Return to the home screen (by clicking OK) and download the settings to the drive. Then wire the joystick to the analog input of the drive. The center position of the joystick is stopped, while the ends of the joystick are full speed in either direction. There is no easier setup on Earth!

Click on the link below for additional information-

Applied Motion Products Product Information 

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