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EtherNet/IP Stepper Drives

by Jeff Kordik

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.

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 plenty of 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 encoder feedback connectors that can detect and prevent motor stalls using Applied Motion's proprietary stall prevention algorithm.

If you prefer AC powered drives, the STAC5-IP-N120 (120VAC) and STAC5-IP-N220 (220VAC) models 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.

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