Engineering Notes by Oriental Motor

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

Introduction to MEXE02 Support Software for Stored Data Type Drivers (VIDEO)

Posted by Johann Tang on Mar 12, 2019 7:30:00 AM

The MEXE02 support software is a universal motion control and monitor software used with multiple stored data type products from Oriental Motor, such as the stepper motor drivers from AZ Series, AR Series, and RK2 Series, or brushless DC motor drivers from BLE2 Series and BX2 Series.  This post is useful for first-time users to gain a quick understanding of the software and what it can do.


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Topics: Stepper Motors, Linear & Rotary Actuators, Speed Control, VIDEOS, BLDC Motors, Software, Servo Motors

Torque Limit Application Example - Bottle Capping with BLDC Motors (VIDEO)

Posted by Johann Tang on Feb 15, 2019 1:00:00 PM

For applications where torque needs to be limited, an external mechanical torque limiter is typically required in addition to the motor system.  When the torque exceeds the limit, the torque limiter will either decouple the load or limit the torque by slipping.  An electric motor system's built-in torque limit function can simplify machine designs by eliminating this extra component.

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Topics: Torque Limit (Push Motion), Speed Control, VIDEOS, Capping, BLDC Motors

Flexible Mounting Options for Compact Stepper Motor Drivers (VIDEO)

Posted by Johann Tang on Feb 1, 2019 11:00:00 AM

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

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Topics: Stepper Motors, Stepper Motor Drivers, VIDEOS

Improve Gripping Operation with Multiple Torque Limit Settings (VIDEO)

Posted by Johann Tang on Jan 15, 2019 1:00:00 PM

Robotic grippers are typically used to grip parts for transport.  The driving force behind a gripper can be pneumatic, hydraulic, or electric.  Which type is best for gripping?

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Topics: Torque Limit (Push Motion), Robotics, Speed Control, VIDEOS, BLDC Motors

Simplified Position Control for Index Tables Operating in Absolute Coordinates (VIDEO)

Posted by Johann Tang on Jan 4, 2019 7:56:17 PM

With recent trends focusing on improving engineering efficiency, many products have been developed to specifically help shorten design cycles for machine automation.  Part of improving efficiency is making products easier to use, so additional time and resources can be spent elsewhere.  This post describes an example of a product feature that can make index table applications less complex to manage.

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Topics: Stepper Motors, Absolute Positioning, Linear & Rotary Actuators, VIDEOS, Software

Improve Stepper Motor Performance Further with Advanced Driver Features (VIDEO)

Posted by Johann Tang on Dec 1, 2018 12:00:00 PM

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.

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Topics: Stepper Motors, Stepper Motor Drivers, Vibration Control, Smooth Drive, VIDEOS

Choosing the Right Type of Stepper Motor for Your Application (VIDEOS)

Posted by Johann Tang on Nov 12, 2018 8:30:00 AM

Stepper motors are popular for their ability to position accurately as well as their ease of use.  Both the amount of rotation and the speed are controlled easily with the same digital square wave pulse signal.  Unlike servo motors, stepper motors do not need an encoder to operate.  Example applications of stepper motors are CNC machines, index tables, robotics, scanners, and more recently, 3D printers.

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Topics: Stepper Motors, Motor Sizing, VIDEOS

Smart System Performs Reciprocating Motion & Force Sensing Without a PLC or External Sensors (VIDEO)

Posted by Johann Tang on Oct 30, 2018 1:38:20 PM

Automation is great for repetitive tasks, such as test fixtures for a process that has to repeated.  In this post, we will explain how to perform a reciprocating motion (back and forth cycles) with a product that does not require a PLC or external presence sensors, which can help speed up design cycles.

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Topics: Torque Limit (Push Motion), Absolute Positioning, Alphastep Hybrid Control, Linear & Rotary Actuators, VIDEOS, Software

Easily Synchronize Speeds of Multiple Motors (VIDEO)

Posted by Johann Tang on Oct 15, 2018 9:00:00 AM

There are a variety of ways to synchronize the speed of multiple motors.  In this blog post, we will explain another advantage of using brushless motors systems, which is its ability to set speeds accurately and be able to synchronize speeds on multiple axes easily .  Brushless motors utilize built-in hall-effect sensors to regulate speed.  Even if the load, input voltage, or temperature fluctuates, the speed regulation will always be under +/-0.2% or better.

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Topics: Conveyor, AC Motors, Speed Control, VIDEOS, BLDC Motors, Washdown

Designing Lighter Equipment by Reducing Motor Mass

Posted by Johann Tang on Oct 1, 2018 8:32:18 AM

With the growing popularity of efficient brushless motors, replacing AC motors with these motors brings several advantages.  In this blog post, we will uncover one of the advantages that can benefit lighter and compact equipment designs.  If we just look at the motors, brushless motors are much more power efficient than AC induction motors.  This means a smaller brushless motor can do the work of a bigger AC motor.  With recent trends in efficiency, brushless motors should be considered during the motor selection process for new designs.

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Topics: Conveyor, AC Motors, Speed Control, VIDEOS, BLDC Motors, Washdown