This stepper motor controller is an intelligent, compact controller which is capable of maneuvering 3 axes. The compact Trinamic chips used in this model make it possible for the motor controller to be no larger than a bar of chocolate. This has to do with the fact that these chips produce very little heat and therefore it does not require a heatsink and fan assembly.
Applications include laboratory equipment, 3D printers, CNC machines, and lighting/camera positioning systems. The achievable torque (up to 3 Nm) is similar to the action of turning on a water faucet by hand, but with computer-controller automation and precision. Many customers build the motor controller directly into their devices, but we can also create housing assemblies to protect the electronics. The motor controllers, which begin at €499, have an array of great features.
Specifications of the IKS-32SEAL Stepper Motor Controller
• Motor Voltage :24 Volt
• Phase Current: 1.4A rms / 2A peak
• Both directions of each axis fully compatible with 24v connectors
• Scripting, Stand Alone
Stepper motors typically move at about 200 steps per revolution, which may sound like a lot, but for some very exact applications is still too imprecise. In order to improve this, a strategy known as microstepping is employed, and, in this case, the motors can make tiny precise movements by making 256 intermediate microsteps for a total of 51,200 microsteps per revolution.
coolStep™ technology reduces the power consumption of stepper motors in order to ensure the optimum amount of power is supplied to the motor, thereby decreasing the temperature of the motor without the need for an expensive sensor.
If a stepper motor is given a greater load than anticipated, steps may be lost which results in an inconsistency in the location of the motor. Essentially, the controller can no longer how far the motor has turned and the entire operation becomes unsynchronized. stallGuard2™ resists this through specialized software and electronics so that the motor is not overloaded. This technology, because it is not as complex as an encoder, costs only a fraction of the price.
While not yet very common, integrated LAN interfaces are extremely useful and popular for stepper motor controllers. They enable network communication directly with the controller and can allow, for instance, access to the data on the controller from anywhere on a corporate network.
RS232 is an older interface that is still often utilized in the industry because of its simplicity; it requires very little specialized hardware and software to use, and can be used for LCD displays.
No device is really complete these days without the ubiquitous USB interface.
3 Differential ABN Encoder Inputs
With ABN encoders it is easy to monitor the position even on challenging positioning tasks.
10 x 24V Digital Inputs
4 Differental Analog Inputs 10V 16Bit
Various sensors can be connected here, such as temperature, position or humidity sensors which send data to the controller, thus allowing them to be used to switch the motors on and off.
8 x 24V Output 24V 100mA