Features-Laden Stepper Drives Designed for OEM Market

Dec. 12, 2006
Applied Motion Products introduces the ST5-S Stepper Drive. Engineered to satisfy the price and performance needs of the OEM market, the ST5-S offers advanced features to obtain absolute maximum performance benefits from a stepper motor. The ST5-S can be controlled by a step and direction input, or by a host controller via serial communications. A 10 amp version and fully programmable models featuring Applied Motion Products' intuitive "Si" and "Q" programming languages are scheduled to be introduced in 2007.Self-Test and Auto Setup features measure and configure motor parameters automatically, while anti-resonance technology eliminates midrange instability for higher motor speeds and fuller use of available torque. Demand Signal Smoothing reduces extraneous system resonances for smoother motor performance and reduced wear on mechanical components. Torque Ripple Smoothing adjusts the current waveform to reduce low speed torque ripple for smooth motion at low motor speeds. Additionally, MicroStep Emulation provides smooth motion for systems that require low step resolutions, such as retrofit systems with controller resolution that is fixed at a low value and cannot easily be changed.Additionally, setup and configuration is made easy with graphical, intuitive CONFIGURATOR software. The drive can be configured from a drop-down menu, or the user can quickly create custom motor configurations if desired.