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AlphaStep Closed Loop Stepper Motors

AlphaStep Closed Loop Stepper Motor Drivers


AZ Series Closed Loop Absolute Stepper Motor Drivers - αSTEP

Closed Loop Absolute Stepper Motor Drivers

The AlphaStep AZD Stepper Motor Drivers offers superior high speed performance, high functionality and closed loop control. There are no external sensors to buy as the motor and driver complete the system. Available in 3 types; a stored data (network) driver, pulse input driver or pulse input with RS-485 communications for monitoring. Advanced operation and function control is included through our MEXE02 software (free download). The AlphaStep AZD Stepper Motor Drivers can perform quick positioning operations over a short distance without the need for tuning, while providing smooth performance.

  • Built-in Protective Functions
  • Pulse Input, Pulse Input with RS-485 Communications or Built-in Controller (Network) Types
  • Multi-Axis Controllers available (compatible with EtherCAT communication*) (DC Input only)
  • AC or DC Input
  • For use with AlphaStep AZ Series Stepper Motors

EtherCAT

*



AR Series Closed Loop Stepper Motor Drivers - αSTEP

AlphaStep Closed Loop Stepper Motor Drivers

The AlphaStep ARD Stepper Motor Drivers offers superior high speed performance, low vibration and closed loop control. Available in a stored data (network) driver or pulse input driver. Advanced operation and function control is included through our MEXE02 software (free download). The AlphaStep ARD Stepper Motor Drivers can perform quick positioning operations over a short distance without the need for tuning, while providing smooth performance.

  • Built-in Protective Functions
  • Pulse Input or Built-in Controller (Network) Types
  • AC or DC Input
  • For use with AlphaStep AR Series Stepper Motors



Closed Loop Stepper Motor Performance - αSTEP

These stepper motor drivers use our AlphaStep closed loop technology to maintain positioning operation even during abrupt load fluctuations and accelerations without hunting or gain tuning. The rotor position detection sensor monitors the rotation speed and amount. When an overload condition is detected, it will instantaneously regain control using the closed loop mode. When an overload condition continues it will output an alarm signal, thereby providing reliability.

Normally Operates in Open Loop Control for the Same Ease of Use as a Stepper Motor

Open Loop Control

High Response

By utilizing the high responsiveness of the stepper motor, moving a short distance for a short time is possible. The motors can execute commands without lag.

High Response

Holding the Stop Position without Hunting

During positioning, the motor stops with its own holding force without hunting. Because of this, it is ideal for applications where the low rigidity of the mechanism requires absence of vibration upon stopping.

Tuning-Free

Because it is normally operated with open loop control, positioning is still possible without gain adjustment even when the load fluctuates due to the use of a belt mechanism, cam or chain drive, etc.

Switches to Closed Loop Control during Overload for More Reliable Operation like a Servo Motor

Closed Loop Control

Continues Operation Even with Sudden Load Fluctuation and Sudden Acceleration

It operates synchronously with commands using open loop control during normal conditions. In an overload condition, it switches immediately to closed loop control to correct the position.

Closed Loop Control

Alarm Signal Output in Case of Abnormality

If an overload is applied continuously, an alarm signal is output. When the positioning is complete, and END signal is output. This ensures the same level of reliability as a servo motor.


No Gain Tuning

Gain tuning for servo motors is critical, troublesome and time-consuming. Since these are stepper motors, there are no gain tuning requirements. Low rigidity applications, such as a belt and pulley system, are ideal for closed loop stepper motors.

No Gain Tuning

Types of Stepper Motor Drivers

Drivers that operate in the pulse input mode and built-in controller mode are available. You can select a desired combination according to the required operation system.

Pulse Input Drivers

The motor can be controlled using a pulse generator provided by the user. Operation data is input to the pulse generator beforehand. The user then selects the operation data on the host programmable controller, then inputs the operation command.

Pulse Input Type Drivers

Built-in Controller (Stored Data or Stored Program) Type Drivers

The built-in pulse generation function allows the motor to be driven via a directly connected personal computer or programmable controller. Since no separate pulse generator is required, drivers of this type save space and simplify wiring.

Built-in Controller Type Driver

Difference Between AC Input and DC Input Characteristics

A stepper motor is driven by a DC voltage applied through a driver. In Oriental Motor's 24 VDC input motor and driver systems, 24 VDC is applied to the motor. In the 100-115 VAC motor and driver systems, the input is rectified to DC and then approximately 140 VDC is applied to the motor (certain products are exceptions to this.)

This difference in voltage applied to the motors appears as a difference in torque characteristics at high speeds. This is due to the fact that the higher the applied voltage is, the faster the current rise through the motor windings will be, facilitating the application of rated current at higher speeds. Thus, the AC input motor and driver system has superior torque characteristics over a wide speed range, from low to high speeds, offering a large speed ratio.

It is recommended that AC input motor and driver systems, which are compatible over a wider range of operating conditions than DC input systems, be considered for your application.

AC Input vs. DC Input Drivers


Closed Loop Stepper Motor Product Comparison

Product Series

AZ Series Closed Loop, Absolute Stepper Motors

AR Series Closed Loop Stepper Motors

Closed Loop Absolute Stepper Motors

 

Closed Loop Stepper Motors

 

Features

Closed Loop,
Mechanical Absolute
Encoder

Closed Loop,
High-Efficiency

Basic Step Angle

0.36°

0.36°

Driver Power Input

AC or DC

AC or DC

Frame Sizes

0.79 in. (20 mm)
1.10 in. (28 mm)
1.65 in. (42 mm)
2.36 in. (60 mm)
3.35/3.54 in. (85/90 mm)

1.10 in. (28 mm)
1.65 in. (42 mm)
2.36 in. (60 mm)
3.35/3.54 in. (85/90 mm)

Available Options

Geared Type
Electromagnetic Brake

Geared Type
Electromagnetic Brake

Max. Holding Torque

2.8 oz-in up to 752 lb-in

42 oz-in up to 320 lb-in

0.02 N·m up to 85 N·m

0.3 N·m up to 37 N·m

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AZ Series Closed Loop, Absolute Stepper Motors

AR Series Closed Loop Stepper Motors




 

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