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  • Did You Know? New Configurator in Town

    Mar
    29

    Readers who have used our ST, STM or STAC stepper drives are probably familiar with our ST Configurator™ set up software. Many of you have also used Q Programmer™ for constructing and testing stored Q programs, and a few of you have probably updated your drive’s firmware to access the latest features.

  • Introducing the STM17R and STM23R

    Mar
    29

    Applied Motion Products, Inc. is pleased to announce the STM17R and STM23R drive+motors, the newest members to our line of integrated steppers. The STM17R integrates a NEMA 17 step motor and a microstepping drive into a single device, offering savings on space, wiring and cost over conventional motor and drive solutions. The STM23R does the same with a NEMA 23 step motor and a microstepping drive.

  • Did You Know? Trim a Move Parameter

    Feb
    16

    There are some applications using Q Programmer™ that require the operator to make a slight “trim” adjustment to a move parameter. An HMI can be used to do this but a simpler approach, using the drive’s analog input, is often easier and less expensive. The example program below shows trim capability built into an application. An STM24QF integrated stepper is used in this example but all Q drives have an analog input so all can use this approach.

  • The Many Uses of Encoder Feedback

    Feb
    16

    Step motors are popular in part because they are low cost and easy to use. But experienced users know that if the system demands more torque than the motor has available, the motor stalls. Compounding the situation is the fact that stepper systems don’t require feedback, so other devices in the system are unlikely to be aware of the stall.

  • Did You Know? Joystick Mode

    Jan
    25

    Using a joystick to control the speed and position of a motor is an intuitive solution in many applications. Joystick operation is available with many Applied Motion drives, both stepper and servo.

  • Looking Ahead to the New Year

    Jan
    25

    I’d like to take a moment to say thank you to our customers, partners and dedicated employees. Thanks to you 2011 has been a year of solid progress.

    Looking ahead to the New Year, our hard work continues to pay off as we gear up for significant expansion! Our engineering teams in California and Shanghai have been working diligently on an exciting range of new products which significantly expand the scope and depth of our drive and motor lines.

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  • Video Tutorial: ST Stepper Drives with Ethernet

    Jan
    25

    Learn more about our ST series stepper drives and Ethernet communications through this informative three-part video.  The video offers a detailed introduction to the ST series stepper drives and walks you through wiring and setting one up.

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  • Did You Know? App Notes for Rockwell PLCs

    Dec
    24

    With the advent of the EtherNet/IP line of products, drives from Applied Motion Products can now communicate with the world’s leading PLC vendors using the most popular native communication protocol: EtherNet/IP. With its unparalleled power and flexibility, EtherNet/IP has captured a huge part of the industrial marketplace. Unfortunately, configuration and use of EtherNet/IP devices has historically been a difficult and mysterious process for many users.

  • Website Feature: Distributor Listing

    Dec
    14

    Applied Motion is supported by an international network of highly qualified distributors that specialize in industrial automation and motion control products. These distributors provide regional points of sale, technical expertise and value-added services to Applied Motion end users and OEM customers around the world. They are a critical part of the value that Applied Motion brings to our customers.

  • Did You Know? Easy Servo Tuning

    Dec
    14

    When your application calls for a closed loop servo system you must take into consideration the requirements for tuning. For many systems the load inertia is the primary factor in setting the tuning parameters. Embedded in our Quick Tuner™ software are tuning files for all recommended motor-drive combinations. When choosing a motor file you will have the option of using a predetermined inertia load as indicated by a suffix in the file name.

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