There are many stepper motor manufacturers in the market place, but there are even more driver manufacturers. The crowded market place provides many standard product options for customers to build their motion control system just the way they like it.
However, if the best possible performance is desired, it would be difficult to beat a tested combination of a specific motor and driver from the same manufacturer. By combining R&D knowledge from both motors and drivers, unique product features can be developed to improve the performance further.
In this post, we will discuss 3 main advantages of using a CVD driver with a PKP Series stepper motor. There's also a video at the bottom of this post that summarizes the features.
ADVANTAGE 1: Consistent Torque Output Even When Microstepping
Microstepping is a driver function that electrically subdivides the full step angle of a stepper motor in order to increase resolution or decrease vibration and noise. Traditionally, inconsistent torque output or position accuracy are problems resulting from microstepping. Due to individual motor phase current detectors as well as sine wave current drive technology, the CVD drivers can regulate torque more precisely even when microstepping.
ADVANTAGE 2: High Efficiency, Low Heat Design
To increase the motor torque, the current from the driver to the motor must be increased. However, increasing the current also increases the operating temperature for the driver, which can limit duty cycle or decrease life of the driver. The CVD drivers utilized a low heat, high efficiency design, which makes it possible to apply a higher current to the motors.
- Adoption of more efficient FETs for better heat transfer from the components to the PCB. On resistance of new FETs are 1/20th of conventional FETs.
- Improved heat transfer circuit board design helps minimize footprint. No heat sink is required.
With a stepper motor and driver that's rated for higher current, high speed torque can be increased without changing the motor size.
ADVANTAGE 3: Unmatched Performance
In general, stop accuracy of stepper motors are worse when microstepping. Stop accuracy can be better due to improved current control from the CVD drivers; even when microstepping.