As an integral part of the Industrial Internet of Things and an increasingly prevalent technology in factory automation, Industrial Ethernet continues to outgrow fieldbus as the dominant communications platform of the factory floor.
We are pleased to announce the release of the first ever step motor drive that is internationally certified for use in hazardous locations. The STAC6-Q-H stepper drive is ATEX and IECEx certified for Class I, Zone 2 locations, and UL certified for Class 1, Div 2, Group C & D locations. These certifications cover the use of the drive in hazardous locations throughout the USA, Canada, Europe and the Middle East.
We are pleased to announce the release of NEMA 34 frame size StepSERVO Integrated Motors. The addition of these larger frame sizes in the successful StepSERVO product offering represents a widening of the product range, which already included smaller frame sizes NEMA 11, 17, 23 and 24. With the larger NEMA 34 frame size, StepSERVO Integrated Motors can now be installed in more demanding applications where greater torque is required.
Pack Expo International is the world’s largest packaging and processing show, located at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL from November 6-9, 2016. Visit Applied Motion Products in booth # E-10319 to see the StepSERVO closed loop stepper products in action, along with our latest offerings of drives and integrated motors that support EtherNet/IP and EtherCAT.
The Serial Command Language (SCL) or Streaming Command Language, as it is often called, provides a real time communication link to many of Applied Motion Products’ stepper and servo products. The commands that comprise the SCL command set allow for configuration, motion control, I/O control, and status queries over a network connection such as Ethernet or serial RS-232/422/485. Recently added SCL commands support new features and functionality on the StepSERVO and SV200 servo drive products.
Most conveyor applications run at either a constant or variable speed, and therefore require only velocity control from the conveyor’s main drive motor. But positioning conveyors – like edge-belt conveyors for PC board assembly and positioning conveyors used in automated checkweighers – need to do more than just velocity control. The main drive motor needs to start and stop the conveyor with precision. The level of precision can range from moderate to fairly high. This level of positioning control requires more than your average DC or AC motor used for velocity control. Step motors and servo motors are the best solutions because of their precise positioning capabilities. This article highlights the three most popular methods for controlling step and servo motors used in positioning conveyors.
Applied Motion Products, Inc., designers and manufacturers of StepSERVO™ Closed Loop Integrated Motors, announced today the appointment of Control & Motion, Inc. (CMI) as manufacturer’s representative for all of Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi and Tennessee.
StepSERVO closed loop integrated motors with the Step-Servo Quick Tuner software and built in Q Programmer are well suited for labeling, packaging, and food & beverage applications. StepSERVO integrated motors provide closed loop servo control of position, velocity and torque using high torque step motors. The result is higher acceleration for faster machine cycles, and the motors run cooler and quieter than open loop stepper systems.
A premier postal sorting machine OEM in the northeastern United States has developed a machine to automatically sort irregularly sized mail items that traditionally have been sorted by hand. Representatives from Minarik Corporation (part of Kaman Automation, Inc.) and Applied Motion Products began working with the OEM early in the design stages, providing guidance on motor sizing and selection as well as prototype units for research and development purposes. Today the OEM has moved into production with the design, having already shipped several machines, and the StepSERVO integrated motors that have been implemented in the design are performing excellently, with more than 2000 motors in the field so far.
This Did You Know? article covers the process of closing a simple analog position loop using a Q program and an Applied Motion stepper drive with differential inputs.
Some step motor applications require an operator to adjust a rotary valve or air vane and cannot use a homing sequence on power-up. The operator just needs to turn a control knob and have the load move to the correct location.