Stepper motors vibrate. It's what they do.
Welcome to Oriental Motor's "Engineering Notes" Blog:
Products and technology are only valuable when coupled with skilled people and services to support them. ORIENTAL MOTOR U.S.A. CORP. has dedicated over 33 years to establishing a service and support system to better serve customers. It is our goal to provide the best product and service from the design phase, through the sale and beyond.
Our blog will feature:
- Introductions to New Products and Technology
- Application Examples, Improvements and Problem Solving
- Tips and Recommendations for Motor Selection, Installation and Use
The word, "AlphaStep", describes Oriental Motor's patented Hybrid Control technology, which offers improved stepper motor performance by sensing the rotor position and automatically switching between open-loop and closed-loop operation when necessary. First introduced in 1998 as the AS Series, the ushered in a new age where stepper motors can emulate servo performance at a lower cost. Over the years, we improved the AlphaStep Hybrid Control technology with 2 major advancements to close the gap between stepper motors and servo motors even further.
This post explains the unique technologies offered within the AlphaStep family of products then summarizes the numerous integrated options available. It also serves as a website navigation guide.
Along with the advancement of industrial technology, the method of maintaining motion control components of a machine, such as motors, drives, and sensors, has also evolved. The most common method of maintaining a machine after a failure has occurred was the traditional method. Realizing the need for improvement, maintenance personnel started to estimate life and replace motion control components before they fail. More recently, with the advancement of IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) and real-time availability of status data, another method was born. While the two newer methods have the same goal in eliminating machine downtime, only one does it efficiently.
Robot adoption is increasing in many industries due to global efforts in reducing long term costs, maintaining quality, and freeing up time for humans to do "human" tasks. For example, by using a robot to clean floors or restock shelves in a supermarket, human employees can spend more time helping or selling to their customers. A company can either tap into this robotic trend by buying ready-made robots, or by making their own with less cost. If engineering resources are limited, selecting the right components can reduce the difficulty and time for the build.
Are you using motors for a start/stop conveyor or similar application? While AC motors are a common choice for conveyors, there is a unique speed control motor solution available that could improve stop accuracy as well as reduce footprint and cost of machine designs.
A driver is a must-have for any stepper motor. In a stepper motor system, a driver controls how the motor operates based on signals received from the controller. It is responsible for sending current through various phases in a stepper motor and also regulates the motor current (torque) and step resolution. With recent trends of minimizing machine footprint, finding space to install drivers could be challenging.
Standard Stepper Motor System Configuration
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.