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  • MDX Integrated Servo Motors

    Jun
    17
    by Eric Rice

    Combining the high torque-density, low rotor-inertia design of J Series Servo Motors and the all-digital servo drive technology of SV200 Servo Drives, the MDX Integrated Servo Motors are all-in-one servo motors where the motor, encoder, drive and servo controller are integrated into a single motor package. There are no cables to connect the servo drive to the servo motor. Power, I/O, and communications can be plugged directly into the connectors on the motor.

    MDX Integrated Servo Motors provide many benefits. They simplify component selection, reduce wiring, shrink the size of control panels, reduce costs, save space and allow you to design faster by integrating the various components of a servo system into a single device.

    Learn more and download the datasheet from the integrated servo motors page.

  • New Products Showcased at Pack Expo

    Nov
    29
    by Eric Rice

    At Pack Expo International 2018, Design World magazine visited the Applied Motion Products booth to learn about two of our latest product offerings: STF Stepper Drives and MDX Integrated Servo Motors. Watch the video below to learn some of the features, benefits, and relevant applications for these products.

  • AGV Drive Assembly Demo

    Oct
    25
    by Eric Rice

    The AGV drive assembly demo highlights one of the solutions we have created specifically for mobile robots and AGVs. The assembly shown in the video is for a traction drive wheel and consists of an integrated servo motor, planetary gearhead, and drive wheel mounted directly to the gearhead’s output flange.

    Integrated servo motors include on-board motion control, I/O, and communications for direct connection to the on-board computer or controller of the mobile robot. No other external motor controller is required.

  • Multi-Axis Pick-and-Place Demo

    Oct
    25
    by Eric Rice

    The multi-axis pick-and-place demo includes 9 axes of motion and highlights our capabilities in a number of ways. The demo includes at least one type of motor from each of our four primary product categories: StepSERVO motors, stepper motors, servo motors, and BLDC motors. The 9 axes of motion are synchronized via a Windows PC that streams Serial Command Language (SCL) commands to all axes over an RS-485 communications bus.

    The demo comprises four main functions:

    1. Gantry pick-and-place that moves pawns from conveyor to rotary table
      1. X axis linear actuator – Servo axis
      2. Y axis linear actuator – Servo axis
      3. Z axis linear actuator – StepSERVO axis
      4. Electric gripper – Stepper axis
    2. Rotary pick-and-place that moves pawns from rotary table to conveyor
      1. Theta axis rotary actuator – StepSERVO axis
      2. Z axis linear actuator – StepSERVO axis
      3. Electric gripper – Stepper axis
    3. Rotary table that indexes pawns through 8 positions – StepSERVO axis
    4. Conveyor that moves the pawns between pick-and-place stations – BLDC axis
  • XYZ Gantry Demo

    Oct
    25
    by Eric Rice

    The XYZ gantry demo features 4 sets of StepSERVO drives and motors running coordinated motion in three axes. There are two motor and drive sets on the X and X’ axes, one on the Y axis, and a fourth on the Z axis. The synchronized motion commands are sent to the axes over the EtherCAT network.

    StepSERVO closed-loop technology improves every aspect of step motor performance by creating a peak torque range that increases acceleration and machine throughput. This is done while reducing overall current consumption in the motor for less heating and greater efficiency.

    Products used on this demo include the following:

    1. X and X’ Axis Linear Actuators
      1. SSDC06-EC StepSERVO Drive
      2. HT23-SS4DGA StepSERVO Motor
      3. Belt drive linear actuator
    2. Y Axis Linear Actuator
      1. SSDC06-EC StepSERVO Drive
      2. HT23-SS4DGA StepSERVO Motor
      3. Belt drive linear actuator
    3. Z Axis Linear Actuator
      1. SSDC03-EC StepSERVO Drive
      2. HT17-SS3DGA StepSERVO Motor
      3. Compact leadscrew linear actuator
  • On-Demand Webinar: More Reliable, Lower Cost Motion Control with Ethernet

    Oct
    18
    by Eric Rice

    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. The benefits of Industrial Ethernet over other types of control architecture are numerous. One excellent example is the use of analog signals to control motor position. Although a popular option for many decades, analog control signals are prone to noise and can be difficult to troubleshoot and maintain.

    This webinar, first presented live on October 13, 2016 in collaboration with Design World magazine, explains how Ethernet-enabled integrated motors are being used to overcome the inherent limitations of analog control signals by providing a more robust, error-proof solution that delivers better performance and generates a better return on investment.

  • Inside the Lab: Greater Efficiency with StepSERVO

    Aug
    10
    by Eric Rice

    Today in the lab we’re looking at the benefits in efficiency that can be achieved by upgrading traditional, open loop step motor systems with closed loop step motor systems. Power consumption has a negative effect on revenue when energy bills run high. Today’s demonstration will show how you can save energy by utilizing StepSERVO closed loop integrated motors.

    To demonstrate this, we have two motors of equal size. One motor will be controlled open loop by a basic microstepping drive. The other motor is a StepSERVO closed loop integrated motor, which has a drive, encoder, and controller integrated into a single package.

    To help us with this demonstration, Matt’s going to operate the dynamometer.

    First we’ll run the open loop motor on the dyno at a fixed speed of 10 rev/sec, and we’ll monitor power consumption with a simple meter connected to the AC line side of the power supply. At a load of 50 oz-in we see that the open loop system draws 0.73 amps and consumes about 87.2 watts of power.

    Now we put the StepSERVO closed loop motor on the dyno. At the same speed of 10 rev/sec and load of 50 oz-in we see that the StepSERVO closed loop system draws 0.42 amps and consumes about 50.0 watts of power. That’s more than a 40% reduction in power consumption with the closed loop StepSERVO, which is doing the exact same amount of work as the open loop step motor.

    What you’ve seen here is important for any customer concerned with increasing motor efficiency and decreasing power consumption. Thanks for watching and see you next time, inside the lab at Applied Motion Products.

  • Inside the Lab: Greater Torque With StepSERVO

    Jun
    20
    by Reva Sumarna

    Today in the lab we’re looking at how closed loop step motor systems outperform traditional open loop step motors in terms of torque. To demonstrate that, we’ve got two equally sized step motors. On the one hand we’ve got a conventional motor that we’ll drive open loop with a basic microstepping drive. On the other hand, we’ve got a StepSERVO closed loop integrated motor.

    As we compare these two motors side-by-side, we can see that they both have a NEMA 23 frame size and the stators, which are the torque-generating portions of the motors, are the same length. They have the same windings, so they will essentially perform the same except that this motor is being driven open loop and the other motor is being driven closed loop.

    The way this test works is that each motor will be commanded to make identical point-to-point moves. In these point-to-point moves, each motor will accelerate to a fixed velocity, run at that velocity for a brief period of time and then decelerate to a stop. Throughout these tests, the target velocity will be 10 rev/sec, or 600 rpm.

    With a moderate acceleration rate of 100 rev/sec2, we can see that both motors perform this move just fine.

    Now we increase the acceleration rate to 500 rev/sec2 and observe what happens. As you can see the open loop motor is starting to lose steps. This is happening because the open loop motor does not have enough torque to accurately accelerate and decelerate the motor at this higher rate. However, we can also see that the closed loop StepSERVO motor continues to accurately position with this more aggressive move profile. In fact, we can increase the acceleration rate all the way to 2500 revs/sec2 and the StepSERVO motor continues to position accurately. Meanwhile the open loop motor has nowhere near enough torque to complete this move.

    The reason the StepSERVO motor can do this is because of the closed loop servo control, which allows the motor to generate peak torques as much as 50% higher than the open loop motor.

    Another thing to notice in this test is that with the increased acceleration rate the move time of the StepSERVO motor is much shorter. Depending on the target velocity, the closed loop motor will decrease move time by as much as 40% or more. In simple terms, a shorter move means more cycles per minute and greater throughput for your machine or process.

    So there you have it. If your machine or process requires more torque, higher acceleration rates, or greater throughput, it’s time to upgrade to StepSERVO. Thanks for watching, and see you next time inside the lab at Applied Motion Products.

  • Applied Motion Products at ATX West 2016

    Mar
    07
    by Eric Rice

    February 9-11, 2016. At the ATX West trade show in Anaheim, CA, Applied Motion introduced several exciting new products to the market. The family of StepSERVO™ Closed Loop Stepper Products expands further with the introduction of (1) NEMA 34 frame integrated motors, (2) stand-alone, non-integrated motor and drive components, and (3) a Power Over Ethernet (POE) version of the NEMA 11 frame size integrated motor. The NEMA 34 frame StepSERVO integrated motors come in an IP40 rated version, the TSM34, as well as an IP65 rated version, the TXM34, for use in wet and dusty environments. The stand-alone, non-integrated StepSERVO motor and drive components are being introduced for those customers that don’t want an integrated solution. The TSM11 POE integrated motor takes advantage of developments in Power Over Ethernet technology to provide Ethernet communications and power to a single NEMA 11 frame StepSERVO integrated motor via a single cable. StepSERVO™ Closed Loop Stepper Systems continue to be The Next Evolution in Step Motor Technology. Also at the trade show we introduced a new DC-powered member of the SV200 Series servo drive family, as well as the low-cost, miniature STR3 stepper drive for OEM customers requiring a compact drive that can be mounted in tight spaces and just about anywhere on the machine.

  • SV200 Digital Servo Drives and J Series Servo Motors

    Nov
    11
    by Eric Rice

    The SV200 servo drives utilize programmable notch filters, an anti-vibration algorithm and auto-tuning. These features ensure smooth motion and accurate positioning for the most demanding applications, as well as an easy means of configuring the drive. The SV200 servo drives are designed to be used with J Series servo motors in the 200W, 400W and 750W power range. Select the control option of the SV200 servo drive that best meets your control requirements. For basic pulse & direction or analog torque/velocity applications choose the P model. For streaming commands, stored program execution or Modbus communications choose the Q model. For CANopen networking choose the C model, and for EtherNet/IP networking choose the IP model.

    To view the full line of SV200 Digital Servo Drives click here.
    To view the J Series Servo Motors click here.

  • StepSERVO™ Closed Loop Integrated Motors

    Oct
    29
    by Eric Rice

    StepSERVO™ Closed Loop Integrated Motors offer many advantages over traditional step motor systems, including higher torque and acceleration, higher machine throughput, better efficiency and quieter operation. Starting with a proven integrated motor design, we add a high-resolution incremental encoder and closed-loop servo firmware to create peak torques up to 50% higher than a conventionally operated step motor, while running the motor at much cooler temperatures and with less audible noise. This video covers the different models that make up the StepSERVO product offering, including the SSM, TSM and TXM series integrated motors. More information on the full line of StepSERVO integrated motors is available here.

    And for a more in-depth look at StepSERVO technology, Download the White Paper.

  • Applied Motion at ATX Philly 2015

    Oct
    21
    by Morgan Spenla

    Applied Motion Products exhibited our latest product innovations at the ATX Philadelphia show in October, 2015. Highlights of the show included the StepSERVO™ closed loop integrated stepper motors and the SV200 digital servo drives. StepSERVO integrated motors provide higher acceleration rates, more torque, better efficiency, cooler operation and quieter operation than traditional step motor systems. These benefits offer great advantages to the designer looking to incorporate higher performance motors in their system. The TSM11 StepSERVO™ motor, the newest member of the family, was also presented and is a good choice for applications requiring minimal torque and a very small footprint. The SV200 digital servo drives offer new performance features like auto-tuning and an anti-vibration function, along with well-established features from Applied Motion such as Q programming for on-board motion control along with various communication options. Paired with the J Series Servo Motors, the new SV200 drives make a very competitive option for machine builders.

  • StepSERVO™ Webinar - June 2015

    Jun
    25
    by Morgan Spenla

    In this webinar, our National Director of Marketing, Eric Rice, walks through our new line of StepSERVO™ integrated motors. The webinar carefully reviews the benefits of StepSERVO™ and the differences between traditional stepper systems and StepSERVO™ systems. Towards the end of the webinar Eric answers a variety of different questions from attendees.  To ask a question after viewing this video please feel free to use our Contact Us form and we'll get back to you within a day. To learn more about this product line, please visit the StepSERVO series page.

  • Introducing Our J Series Servo Motors

    Dec
    19
    by Morgan Spenla

    Learn about Applied Motion Products new J Series servo motors: 100 to 750 watts, IP65, UL and CE rated with optional holding brake. Also featured are value priced Servo Sets, pairing the J series with digital servo drives and cables to provide a complete system right out of the box.

    Products & software mentioned in this video:
    J Series servo motors
    SV7 servo drives
    SVAC3 servo drives
    BLuAC5 digital series drives
    Ethernet/IP
    Modbus
    Q Programmer
    CANopen

    Feel free to use the Chat with an Engineer tool on our website for a live chat to discuss which option might be best for you.

    Available in 40, 60, and 80 mm industry standard frame sizes, they have comparable speed and torque ratings to popular low inertia servo motors with continuous speeds to 3,000 RPM and maximum speeds to 5,000 RPM. The laser welded segmented stator pole construction allows for maximum copper fill and our proprietary encapsulation method enables maximum heat transfer. This results in higher performance and lower operating temperatures. The benefit is more torque and speed in a smaller space. Additionally, lower temperatures lead to longer life.

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    J Series Servo Motors
    QJ is the Decision Maker in Q Programming
    Did You Know? Sample Q Programs
    Modbus
    Motion Control

  • Introducing Our STM24 Integrated Drive+Motor

    Jul
    01
    by Morgan Spenla

    Applied Motion Products is proud to introduce the STM24 drive+motor. The STM24 integrates a size 24 step motor, microstepping drive and controller into a single device with a NEMA 23 mount, offering savings on space, wiring and cost over conventional motor and drive solutions. The STM24 complements Applied Motion’s popular STM17 and STM23 drive+motor family.

    *Step motor and drive in one package
    *Sophisticated current control
    *Anti-resonance
    *Torque ripple smoothing
    *Microstep emulation
    *NEMA 24 frame size
    *Multiple control options
    *Choose RS-232, RS-485 or Ethernet for programming and streaming *communication
    *Optional built-in incremental encoder provides advanced functionality

    Check out the full list of available STM24 motor+drives in this series here.

    For more on SWM24 products jump over to this page.

  • Our Expanded Line of Brushless Motors & Drives

    Feb
    28
    by Morgan Spenla

    Our brushless DC motors and drives are built upon advanced control technology that features excellent performance and ease of use. These brushless systems are aimed at applications requiring high performance, high speed stability, basic velocity control, simple setup and low cost in a compact design. Click here to view product details.

  • An Intro to IP65-Rated Motors and Integrated Motor+Drives

    Aug
    30
    by Morgan Spenla

    Applied Motion CEO Don Macleod introduces a new line of IP65-rated motion control products for wet and dusty locations. Learn more about IP65 step motors here and about our IP65 integrated motor+drives here.

  • An Intro to STM-R Integrated Steppers

    Jun
    17
    by Morgan Spenla

    STM-R integrated steppers are drive+motor units, fusing step motor and drive components into a single device. This space-saving design eliminates wiring and saves on cost over conventional motor and drive solutions. All motor parameter settings are made via dip switches on the side of the unit, eliminating the need for setup software and reducing overall time to commission each unit.

  • We Are Applied Motion Products

    Nov
    09
    by Eric Rice

    Applied Motion Products is a motion control solutions company. We take pride in serving the greater motion control needs of clients of all sizes with custom engineered or off-the-shelf solutions. Our customer service and customer support is second to none.

  • IP65 Step Motor - Rain Simulation Test

    Sep
    05
    by Eric Rice

    Applied Motion Products is pleased to announce the addition of NEMA size 23, 24 and 34 stepper motors with IP65 ratings for operation in severe environmental conditions. These new models, dust proof and resistant to low pressure water jets, are ideal for applications in wet factory environments such as the food and beverage industry or outdoor use. Key features include a nickel plated brass cable gland, sealed laminations, a front shaft contact seal and an optional IP65 rated encoder cover for use with products that require feedback. All models have an internal corrosion-resistant film coating as standard. For improved protection in high-humidity environments an advanced coating is available as an option.

    View our offering of IP65 rated step motors.

    IP65 specifies a product that is dust tight (no ingress of dust; complete protection against contact) and protected against water jets (water projected by a nozzle from any direction shall have no harmful effects).

  • Encoder Feedback in Step Motor Systems

    Jun
    22
    by Eric Rice

    Applied Motion Products offer closed loop control features on all of our stepper drives, motors, and integrated products by utilizing incremental quadrature encoders mounted to the rear shaft of the step motor. Stepper drives with encoder feedback connectors can be married to double-shaft step motors with encoders pre-assembled for you. Integrated steppers are available with encoders built directly into the housing of the motor.

    Adding an encoder to your stepper system greatly enhances performance by providing you with these closed-loop functions: Stall Detection and Stall Prevention.

    Stall Detection notifies the user/system/machine as soon a motor stall occurs, eliminating the uncertainty of whether or not the motor reached its target position.

    Stall Prevention actually eliminates stalls by dynamically controlling the stator current and speed of the motor to maintain torque in all situations. This enables otherwise impossible control schemes in stepper systems, such as torque-limited velocity control and torque-limited position control.

  • ST Stepper Drives with Ethernet, Part 1

    Jan
    26
    by Eric Rice

    The ST series step motor drives come with a variety of communication options including RS-232, RS-485, CANopen, and now Ethernet.

    Part 1 of 3 provides an overview of the ST series stepper drives, the connectors on the Ethernet version, and how to download software from our website.

    Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

    For more information on the ST series stepper drives visit the series page.

  • ST Stepper Drives with Ethernet, Part 2

    Jan
    26
    by Eric Rice

    The ST series step motor drives come with a variety of communication options including RS-232, RS-485, CANopen, and now Ethernet.

    Part 2 of 3 shows where to download hardware manuals from our website, how to wire a step motor and power supply to the drive, and how to connect the drive to an Ethernet network.

    Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

    For more information on the ST series stepper drives visit the series page.

  • ST Stepper Drives with Ethernet, Part 3

    Jan
    26
    by Eric Rice

    The ST series step motor drives come with a variety of communication options including RS-232, RS-485, CANopen, and now Ethernet.

    Part 3 of 3 shows how to configure the drive using the ST Configurator™ software and how to create a simple indexing program with the Q Programmer™ software.

    Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

    For more information on the ST series stepper drives visit the series page.

  • Introducing the STR Step Motor Drive

    Oct
    31
    by Morgan Spenla

    The STR series stepper drives are compact, powerful, digital step & direction drives available in two power ranges: 4.5 A/phase (STR4) and 8 A/phase (STR8). These drives are great for OEM applications requiring basic step & direction control of a 2-phase step motor. Read more about the STR drives here.

  • Webinar - STR Stepper Drives

    May
    04
    by admin

    The STR stepper drives feature high performance, low cost, and front panel switches for quick and easy setup of the drive and step motor. The STR drives also come with the same sophisticated current control, including anti-resonance and microstep emulation, as their older brothers, the ST5 and ST10. This short recording of the STR Webinar, originally presented live on June 7, 2010, gives an overview of the drives as well as video instruction on how to get started with them. For more information on the STR stepper drives visit the series page.

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  • STM Integrated Steppers

    May
    04
    by admin

    Each STM integrated stepper is a drive+motor unit, fusing step motor and drive technologies into one single device. This presentation overviews the basic options available with this series of product, as well as the advanced features that set it apart from the competition. For more information on the STM integrated steppers visit the browse page.

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  • STAC6 Stepper Drives

    May
    04
    by admin

    The STAC6 stepper drives represent the latest developments in stepper drive technology, incorporating features that will derive the highest performance from today’s step motors. Its anti-resonance and electronic damping algorithms make it a clear market leader. For more information on the STAC6 stepper drives visit the series page.

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  • STAC6 Configurator™ Software

    May
    04
    by admin

    The STAC6 Configurator™ software is used to setup and configure the motor, control mode, I/O, and encoder settings of each STAC6 stepper drive. This short video steps through setting up a STAC6 drive with this software. To download the STAC6 Configurator™ installer visit the software page.

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