Motion Control • Drives

Motion control drives change the motion controller's control signal into a voltage or high powered electrical current that is then passed to the actuator.

Motion control drives are used for converting standard control signals into higher powered currents and presenting these currents to the actuator. This process is performed by taking energy from a power source and keeping the output under control so that it matches the signal shape of the input (but with a higher amplitude).

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  • Anaheim Automation

    Anaheim Automation manufactures AC, DC and VAC type drives. Their AC Servo drives have power ratings from 200 to 5,000 Watts, industrial-grade power modules, and modbus for networking up to 32 motors. Their brushless DC drives/controllers were designed for high volume OEM applications; brushless speed controllers have input ranges of 10 to 50VDC or 85 to 135 VAC, peak current 5 to 30 Amps. Anaheim Automaton also manufactures stepper drivers and brush DC drivers/controllers.

  • Nippon Pulse America

    Nippon Pulse America offers stepper motor driver chips (NP Series) and complete board level stepper motor drivers (BCD / NPAD Series) to drive either unipolar or bipolar two-phase stepper motors in a wide range of motion control applications. Models in the NP series of chip level drivers have unipolar or bipolar stepper motors, with full and half step excitation mode. The BCD and NPAD series are constant current/chopper type driver board.

  • BCS Motion, Inc.

    BCS Motion, Inc. is a distributor of a wide array of motion control products including Yaskawa brand amplifiers and drives. Models include the MP2000iec Series machine controllers designed with a built-in web server that is compatible with the most popular network protocols. The series is comprised of the MP2300Siec and the MP2310iec available in 4, 8, and 16-axis models.

  • National Instruments Corp.

    National Instruments manufactures servo and stepper drives as part of their motion control line. The P70360 and NI P70530 are both 1-axis stepper drives. The P70360 525 Watt drive has 2.5 A continuous current output and 320 V bus voltage; selectable 200 to 50,000 steps/revolution microstepping, available 120 or 240 VAC powered. The 300 Watt NI P70530 features 5 A continuous, 20 to 75 V bus voltage, 7.1 A peak current output and 20 to 75 VDC input voltage.

  • Baldor

    Baldor manufactures AC and DC servo drives. Their DC Servo Drives include totally enclosed  stand-alone units like the TSD series that plugs into 115 or 220 Vac. The UM series typically contains from one to six servo control cards mounted onto a multi-axes chassis containing a power supply. Baldor's MicroFlex e100 is one of their AC servo drives; it integrates  real-time Ethernet, and is available in single phase from 110-230VAC or 3 phase 230VAC operation in current ratings of 3, 6 and 9A.

  • Parker Hannifin Corp.

    Parker manufactures servo and stepper drives, including microstepping drives with input power of 120 VAC, 24-48 VDC and 12-42 VDC. Parker servo drives are offered in models from up to 500 Watts, 500-1000 W, 1000-7500 W and over 7500 Watts. The Gemini GV is one of these servo drives and provides six power ranges for up to 11.8 kW of continuous power.

  • RAE Corporation

    RAE ofers PWM (Pulse Width Modulated) and SCR in variable speed motor controls such as the RHV135 Controller, a high voltage PWM variable speed DC motor drive. The RHV has a current rating of 3 Amps, while the SCR series has a current rating of 5 Amps, and the RLVS: 15 Amps rating. RAE's solid state controls are compatible with a variety of permanent magnet DC motor designs.

  • Allied Motion Technologies Inc.

    Allied Motion offers brushless drives in two versions, integreated with their motors and as standalone units. Their X-Drives are precision, all-digital DSP-based servo drive amplifiers capable of supplying up to 12 A RMS continuous, 24 A RMS peak current at up to 230 VAC.

  • Amacoil, Inc.

    Amacoil offers their RG and RS linear drives and a full line of AZ timing belt drives. The RG linear drives are for reciprocating motion applications, available in 17 sizes are also available custom engineered. The AZ-1010 has a narrow profile, travel speed of up to 3.5 M (11.48 ft.) per second, with repeatable accuracy to within +/- 0.2 mm (0.007 in.). Unlike the RG variable pitch drive, the RS comes standard with a fixed pitch setting of 0.5 times the shaft diameter. Each RS drive is also available with four other pitch settings: 0.1, 0.2, 0.3 and 0.4 times the shaft diameter.

  • Advanced Motion Controls

    Advanced Motion Controls manufactures a range of servo drives. Features of their wide range include  having continuous current of 3 A up to 50 A, with peak currents of up to 6 A, or as much as 120 A.

  • Kollmorgen Corp.

    Kollmorgern offers AC servo, DC servo, adjustable speed, stepper, and OEM/custom drive products, all with models available covering a wide range of input voltage and output power level. TheirAC servo drives are designed to complement their wide range of rotary and linear three phase brushless servomotors. Their DC motor adjustable speed drives are capable of running wound field or permanent magnet motors. Other adjustable speed drives Danaher offers include general purpose AC variable frequency drives from fractional to 40 HP.

  • Amci

    AMCI manufactures stepper motor drives that are available in several voltage and amp ratings. Their Microstepping driver has specifications that include 4.0 Arms/5.6A peak (75VDC); 400, 1000, 2000 and 5000 steps per turn, programmable; and capability for speeds up to 50 rps (3000 rpm).

  • Bison Gear & Engineering Corp.

    Bison's AC variable frequency drives feature a lightweight, plastic NEMA 4X enclosure, an isolated front end, minimum speed adjustment potentiometer (pot), output voltage doubling, DC injection braking, and automatic or manual restart when power is restored. Their DC drives include dual SCR chassis, PWM chassis, low voltage PWM, and NEMA 4X configurations.

  • Camco-Ferguson, Industrial Motion Control, LLC.

    Camco offers a wide range of AC Drives, with models of 1 to 5 hp with 120, 240 or 460V AC input, and up to 60 cycles/minute. The Camco ring drive is available in four sizes, 3/4 to 2.0 meter diameters and has 60 station capability. Other index drive types they offer are right angle, heavy duty and parallel models.

  • Copley Controls Corp.

    Copley Controls has ruggedized servo drives, digital servo & stepper drives designed for brushless and/or brush motors and stepper motors. The ruggedized drives feature operating tolerances such as -400m to 5,000m in altitude, vibration of 5 Hz to 500 Hz, up to 3.85 grms. and ambient temperature from -40°C to 70°C. Their digital drive models feature continuous current of 1-20 A, 1-12 A, 2-10 A, 3-12 A and 5-15 A, and input powers of 100-240 VAC and 20-180 VDC.

  • ElectroCraft

    Electrocraft offers the CompletePower™ range of drive products. Drive performance includes simple 2-quadrant speed control to full 4-quadrant servo control with both encoder feedback and tachometer feedback options available. CompletePower drives operate from 11 to 70V with continuous currents from 8 to 30 Amps.

  • Emerson Control Techniques

    Emerson offers a full line of compact servo drives that range in continuous torque from up to 109 lb-in (Digitax ST), to as much as up to 4,500 lb-in (Unidrive). The  Epsilon EP series for example has continuous torque up to 200 lb-in; this drive is scalable from a simple amplifier to a completely programmable 1.5 Axis motion controller.

  • Galil Motion Control

    Galil Motion Control offers their Accelera and Econo series available in PCI bus and Ethernet/RS232 formats. Model options include plug-in drives for steppers and servos. The Accelera series is available in 1- through 8-axis models.

  • Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions

    Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions offers unipolar/bipolar drives that include L/R or constant voltage drives, chopper drives and microstepping drives. All Haydon drives offer a half step mode. The unipolar motor has 6 leads (center-tapped coils).

  • Schneider Electric Motion USA

    Ranging from +12 to +80 VDC and 1.5 to 9 Amps, Schneider Electric Motion USA (formerly IMS) offers half/full step and microstepping drivers and systems in panel mounted and PCB mounted styles. The IB series are some of their panel mounted drivers comprised of half/full step drivers with input voltage of +40 or +80 VDC and output current from 2.0 up to 9.0 Amps per phase.