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Tech Spotlight: The STR3 Miniature Stepper Drive

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Mar
23
by Eric Rice

We are very pleased to announce the introduction of our most compact stepper drive to date. The STR3 miniature advanced stepper drive offers many of the great features of our larger drives, but in an ultra-compact package designed for OEMs demanding high performance and a competitive price point.

Tech Spotlight: The ST5-S Stepper Drive

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Jan
25
by Eric Rice

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 accurate, and with more torque), without breaking the budget.

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StepSERVO™ Closed Loop Improves 3D Printing

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Jan
22
by Eric Rice

Many industrial and commercial applications benefit from the performance improvements of StepSERVO™ closed loop stepper technology, but none may be so pronounced as the benefits achieved in 3D printing.

3D Platform® has been using Applied Motion’s traditional, open loop integrated step motors on their large format 3D printers for several years now. Beginning this year, 3D Platform is launching their next generation of 3D printers with new technology called SurePrint™.

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The TXM24Q-3EG StepSERVO™ Integrated Motor

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Dec
21
by Eric Rice

If you’re still new to StepSERVO™ technology it’s probably time you checked out some of the introductory resources available, like this white paper, this video, or this recorded webinar, all of which summarize the highlights of this incredible technology. The performance improvements of StepSERVO closed loop technology are very real. By upgrading your traditional step motor system with a StepSERVO closed loop stepper system you too can reap the benefits of closed loop performance, and do so without breaking the bank.

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Tech Spotlight: The STR2 Stepper Drive

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Nov
19
by Eric Rice

Even though it's the smallest stepper drive in our line up, the STR2 stepper drive has some very big shoes to fill. It is the successor to the venerable 2035 drives, which was our very first standard drive offering and is still in production after 23 years! Fortunately for the STR2 it has an arsenal of performance benefits that allow it to outshine it's older brother.

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Robot Actuator

Oct
28
by Jeff Kordik

We're working with a linear actuator partner to develop a modular, single axis smart robot.  This newly released SWM24 Modbus compatible, IP65 rated drive+motor is a perfect fit for such an application.   Especially when combined with a touch panel HMI.  Who knew step motor motion control could be so easy, yet powerful?

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IP Rated Step Motors (Ingress Protection)

Oct
28
by Jeff Kordik

Generally speaking, electricity and water are a bad mix. Precision electric motors should be keep clean and dry. But that's not practical in some applications, especially if the application is outdoors, like a cell phone tower, or involves processing fluids that can, on occasion escape, like in a brewery. Such applications are best suited for IP rated step motors. Since this is also an engineering blog, we strive for quantitative analysis. As luck would have it, there's a standard for everything, including ingress protection.

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Modbus: 35 Years Old And Still Going Strong

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Oct
28
by Glenn Johnson
Modbus is a simple communication protocol originally designed in 1979 and intended for use in Industrial Automation systems. The original flavor, Modbus/RTU, was built to utilize serial communications (RS-232 and RS-485 primarily), but it has since been extended to use Ethernet. The Ethernet variant is known as Modbus/TCP. While the core principles remain the same with TCP, the use of TCP/IP communications adds a bit of complexity so we will concentrate on RTU for the remainder of this post.
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