Microstep Drivers

Step motors are commonly driven by microstepping drives. Microstep Drivers apply power to the appropriate step motor winding to produce torque. They precisely divide the current between the motor phases, thus positioning the step motor at smaller increments between full steps. They provide higher resolution but with less torque.

Microstepping does not increase step accuracy, but will allow a motor to run with less noise, minimize low speed resonance effects and produce smooth rotation over a wide speed range. Microstepping is commonly used to increase a motor's resolution. The degree of the improvement depends on the step accuracy of the motor.

Microstep motor drives offer unparalleled performance for today's modern machine builders. From the ground up these drives offer best-in-class current control for optimal smoothness and torque, robust and flexible on-board control options, and industry-standard industrial network communications.

Electromate supplies microstepper drivers and bipolar stepper motor drivers throughout Canada in regions like Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec.

View a 17minute YouTube video on the Applied Motion Products' Si Programmer Software: Si Programmer Software YouTube Video .


Common Microstep Driver Control Options:

Common to most microstep driver models are the following multiple control options, including: 

  • "S" drives for basic applications such as step & direction or velocity mode
  • "Plus" drives for stand-alone Q programming with limited I/O
  • "Q" drives for stand-alone Q programming with more I/O and options for encoder feedback, RS-485, and Ethernet UDP & TCP communications
  • "Si" drives for stand-alone Si programming and optional encoder feedback
  • "C" drives for use as slave nodes on CANopen networks, with or without encoder feedback
  • "IP" drives for use in EtherNet/IP communication networks, with full Q programming capabilities and optional encoder feedback

Applied Motion Microstep Drivers: 

STAC5 Series Stepper Drives

Powerful, two-phase, bipolar step motor drives for high-speed, high-torque applications. High bus voltage and high current output. Provide even the largest step motors with enough power to get the job done. 

Features:

  • High bus voltage
  • 120 and 220 VAC models
  • Sophisticated current control
  • Advanced anti-resonance algorithm
  • Torque ripple smoothing
  • Fast 10/100 Ethernet port
  • Supports Ethernet UDP & TCP protocols
  • Available with built-in EtherNet/IP communications
  • Stall prevention/detection with encoder feedback
  • Microstepping to 51,200 steps/rev
  • Microstep emulation
  • Idle current reduction

STAC6 Series Stepper Drives

Powerful, two-phase, bipolar step motor drives for high-speed, high-torque applications. High bus voltage and high current output. Provide even the largest step motors with enough power to get the job done.

Features:

  • High bus voltage
  • Sophisticated current control
  • Advanced anti-resonance algorithm
  • Torque ripple smoothing
  • Stall prevention/detection with encoder feedback
  • Microstepping to 51,200 steps/rev
  • Microstep emulation
  • Idle current reduction

ST Series Stepper Drives

A family of compact digital stepper drives with multiple control options and features. Step motors run smoother than ever with features such as anti-resonance, torque ripple smoothing, and microstep emulation. Step motors also run faster and with more torque due to the alleviation of mid-band resonance issues. 

Features:

  • Sophisticated current control
  • Advanced anti-resonance algorithm
  • Torque ripple smoothing
  • Microstepping to 51,200 steps/rev
  • Microstep Emulation
  • Idle current reduction
  • Multiple control options
  • RS-232, RS-485, CANopen, Ethernet UDP & TCP, and EtherNet/IP communication options
  • Encoder feedback for improved system performance using Stall Detection, Stall Prevention, and precise alignment to the index pulse
  • Communication options including RS-232/422/485, Ethernet UDP & TCP, CANopen, and EtherNet/IP
  • Third-party HMI compatibility with Q drives
  • User-friendly software for setup and configuration, tuning, and programming

STR Series Stepper Drives

Compact, powerful, digital step & direction drives available in three power ranges: 2.2 A/phase (STR2), 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. 

Features:

  • Step & direction or pulse/pulse control
  • High performance
  • Anti-resonance
  • Microstepping to 20,000 steps/rev
  • Microstep emulation
  • Simple setup
  • Matched step motors available
  • Idle current reduction

Kollmorgen Microstep Drivers

Kollmorgen's P6000 Stepper Drive

Offers stepper motor drives with the versatility, ease-of-use and cost-effectiveness to suit virtually any stepper positioning application. With microstepping capabilities and no need for feedback systems, these stepper drives offer servo-like positioning with less complexity and a lower total cost. The P6000 is an AC input micro-stepping drive optimized for pairing with POWERPAC and POWERMAX stepper motors. With the simplicity of dip switches and the optimized performance from the complete system, this stepper solution brings increased machine performance without the associated complexity.

  • Switch Selectable Current Output from 0.2-5.7 Arms, 8.0 A peak
  • 120/240 VAC Input (160/320 VDC Bus)

Kollmorgen's P7000 Series

Provide you servo-like system performance with the cost and simplicity of a stepper solution. The P7000 combined with Kollmorgen's stepper motors provide a unique level of system smoothness, functionality and performance.

  • Input voltage: 120 to 240 VAC (1 phase, 50/60 Hz) for a broad range of power sources (model P70360)
  • Continuous current: 2.5 Amps; microstep peak current: 3.5 Amps (model P70360)
  • Input voltage: 20 to 75 VDC (model P70530)
  • Continuous current: 5 Amps; microstep peak current: 7.1 Amps (model P70530)

Pacific Scientific (Kollmorgen) 6400 Series

These modular, high-performance microstepping drives support a broad range of requirements. These drives offer excellent value for low voltage DC input-powered applications.

  • Input voltage is from 24 to 75 VDC for a broad range of power sources
  • Output current adjustable from 0.625 to 5 Amps RMS with 3-position DIP switch

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  1. This drive comes factory set for 110 VAC operation, but can be switched to operate on 220 single-phase VAC as well.
    PDO5580

    110-220 VAC Input, 0.5-5.5 A Output Range

  2. The Si5580 is a programmable stepper drive/indexer packaged in a rugged steel case.
    Si5580

    110-220 VAC Input, 0.5-5.5 A Output Range

  3. ST10-C-CE Microstep Drivers Applied Motion Products
    ST10-C-CE

    Digital stepper drive, 24-80 VDC input; 0.1-10 A output range, (RS232, CANopen)

  4. ST10-IP-EE Microstep Drivers Applied Motion Products
    ST10-IP-EE

    Digital stepper drive, 24-80 VDC input; 0.1-10 A output range, (Ethernet, EtherNet/IP)

  5. ST10-Plus Microstep Drivers Applied Motion Products
    ST10-Plus

    Digital stepper drive, 24-80 VDC input; 0.1-10 A output range, (RS232)

  6. ST10-Q-RE Microstep Drivers Applied Motion Products
    ST10-Q-RE

    Digital stepper drive, 24-80 VDC input; 0.1-10 A output range, (RS232, RS485)

  7. ST10-Si-NE Microstep Drivers Applied Motion Products
    ST10-Si-NE

    Digital stepper drive, 24-80 VDC input; 0.1-10 A output range, (RS232)

  8. ST5-C-CE Microstep Drivers Applied Motion Products
    ST5-C-CE

    Digital stepper drive, 24-48 VDC input; 0.1-5 A output range, (RS232, CANopen)

  9. ST5-C-CN Microstep Drivers Applied Motion Products
    ST5-C-CN

    Digital stepper drive, 24-48 VDC input; 0.1-5 A output range, (RS232, CANopen)

  10. ST5-IP-EE Microstep Drivers Applied Motion Products
    ST5-IP-EE

    Digital stepper drive, 24-48 VDC input; 0.1-5 A output range, (Ethernet, EtherNet/IP)

  11. ST5-IP-EN Microstep Drivers Applied Motion Products
    ST5-IP-EN

    Digital stepper drive, 24-48 VDC input; 0.1-5 A output range, (Ethernet, EtherNet/IP)

  12. ST5-Plus Microstep Drivers Applied Motion Products
    ST5-Plus

    Digital stepper drive, 24-48 VDC input; 0.1-5 A output range, (RS232)

  13. ST5-Q-EE Microstep Drivers Applied Motion Products
    ST5-Q-EE

    Digital stepper drive, 24-48 VDC input; 0.1-5 A output range, (Ethernet)

  14. ST5-Q-EN Microstep Drivers Applied Motion Products
    ST5-Q-EN

    Digital stepper drive, 24-48 VDC input; 0.1-5 A output range, (Ethernet)

  15. ST5-Q-NE Microstep Drivers Applied Motion Products
    ST5-Q-NE

    Digital stepper drive, 24-48 VDC input; 0.1-5 A output range, (RS232)

  16. ST5-Q-NF Microstep Drivers Applied Motion Products
    ST5-Q-NF

    Digital stepper drive, 24-48 VDC input; 0.1-5 A output range, (RS232)

  17. ST5-Q-NN Microstep Drivers Applied Motion Products
    ST5-Q-NN

    Digital stepper drive, 24-48 VDC input; 0.1-5 A output range, (RS232)

  18. ST5-Q-RE Microstep Drivers Applied Motion Products
    ST5-Q-RE

    Digital stepper drive, 24-48 VDC input; 0.1-5 A output range, (RS232, RS485)

  19. ST5-Q-RN Microstep Drivers Applied Motion Products
    ST5-Q-RN

    Digital stepper drive, 24-48 VDC input; 0.1-5 A output range, (RS232, RS485)

  20. ST5-S Microstep Drivers Applied Motion Products
    ST5-S

    Digital stepper drive, 24-48 VDC input; 0.1-5 A output range, (RS232)

  21. ST5-Si-NE Microstep Drivers Applied Motion Products
    ST5-Si-NE

    Digital stepper drive, 24-48 VDC input; 0.1-5 A output range, (RS232)

  22. ST5-Si-NF Microstep Drivers Applied Motion Products
    ST5-Si-NF

    Digital stepper drive, 24-48 VDC input; 0.1-5 A output range, (RS232)

  23. ST5-Si-NN Microstep Drivers Applied Motion Products
    ST5-Si-NN

    Digital stepper drive, 24-48 VDC input; 0.1-5 A output range, (RS232)

  24. STAC5-IP-E120 Microstep Drivers Applied Motion Products
    STAC5-IP-E120

    Digital stepper drive, 94-135 VAC input; 0.5-5 A output range, (Ethernet, EtherNet/IP)

  25. STAC5-IP-E220 Microstep Drivers Applied Motion Products
    STAC5-IP-E220

    Digital stepper drive, 94-265 VAC input; 0.5-2.55 A output range, (Ethernet, EtherNet/IP)

  26. STAC5-IP-N120 Microstep Drivers Applied Motion Products
    STAC5-IP-N120

    Digital stepper drive, 94-135 VAC input; 0.5-5 A output range, (Ethernet, EtherNet/IP)

  27. STAC5-IP-N220 Microstep Drivers Applied Motion Products
    STAC5-IP-N220

    Digital stepper drive, 94-265 VAC input; 0.5-2.55 A output range, (Ethernet, EtherNet/IP)

  28. STAC5-Q-E120 Microstep Drivers Applied Motion Products
    STAC5-Q-E120

    Digital stepper drive, 94-135 VAC input; 0.5-5 A output range, (Ethernet)

  29. STAC5-Q-E220 Microstep Drivers Applied Motion Products
    STAC5-Q-E220

    Digital stepper drive, 96-265 VAC input; 0.5-2.55 A output range, (Ethernet)

  30. STAC5-Q-N120 Microstep Drivers Applied Motion Products
    STAC5-Q-N120

    Digital stepper drive, 94-135 VAC input; 0.5-5 A output range, (Ethernet)

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