Microstepping in most Applied Motion drives is variable in increments of 2. Many stepper drives offer a selection of microstepping resolutions that include commonly used values like; 1,000, 5,000, 10,000, and 20,000 steps per rev. These are commonly selected by mechanical dip switches. Most of Applied Motion’s intelligent drives allow you to select between 200 steps per rev and 51,200 steps per rev in increments of 2.
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For most systems, a new or replacement drive will be commissioned with ST Configurator before installation into the machine. This is a one-time event for a drive, and if a predefined configuration file is used it takes only a few minutes to complete the procedure. It does however, require a PC to load the configuration data to the drive. ST Configurator remains the recommended way to configure a new drive, but for large or very complex machines this extra step is something that the operators may wish to avoid.
The Move Profile Analysis tool allows you to graphically view the move profile you are programming. Not sure how your stepper motor will perform when you change one or more characteristics of the move profile, such as, distance, accel, decel, or velocity? You do now! The Move Profile Analysis Tool allows you to make one or more changes and then test the move in your application via the Test Profile button. Your stepper motor will move when you click the Test Profile button so be prepared and use caution.
Did you know that Applied Motion Products will help all of our Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) customers protect their valuable spare parts business? Applied Motion Products will assign a custom part number or assist with designing a custom label to help your organization build brand awareness and protect your OEM machinery’s spare parts business. When any organization inquires directly to Applied Motion Products regarding a custom part number, it is Applied Motion Products’ organizational policy to re-direct that request for the custom part back to the OEM.
In another recent Did You Know? article we introduced you to some of our customized motors. Our customized solutions also include drives and software. One example is a three axis microstepping drive with an integrated PC for an engraving machine (top photo). We saved the customer money and simplified their assembly by integrating three of our popular 3540M step motor drives with a personal computer.
Many of the stepper drives we offer are set up through the ST Configurator™ software. These include the ST5/10, STAC5, STAC6 and STM drives. ST Configurator provides an easy, fill-in-the-blanks approach to personalizing the drive to your requirements. However, ST Configurator can do much more.
Applied Motion can customize your motor. As with our other value added capabilities, such as mounting encoders and gearheads, we offer quick turnaround on custom shaft treatments and connectivity options.
Applied Motion Products is pleased to announce the release of a new, 16 page Servo Products Datasheet. This colorful brochure details our broad servo system offering, with M and V series motors ranging from 50 to 750 watts of continuous output power and both AC and DC powered drives from our popular BLu and SV lines. All motors include precision incremental encoder feedback.
Stepper drives from Applied Motion Products provide many advanced control features. Microstep Emulation is one feature that should interest all users. Microstepping was a major advancement in step motor technology when it was introduced to the market many years ago. However, because of the many low-frequency indexing systems still in use to this day, not all users have been able take advantage of it. Fortunately, Microstep Emulation from Applied Motion makes microstepping available to all system designers and machine builders.