Latest αSTEP AZ Series Stepper Motor Drivers Allows Manufacturers for Design Flexibility and IIoT Connectivity

Press Release Summary:

  • Available in single-phase 100-120 VAC or single/three-phase 200-240 VAC
  • Includes I/O Stored Data and EtherNet/IP Communications or Pulse Input control methods
  • Offers high speed open loop performance with closed loop control and incorporates battery-free, absolute mechanical encoder for absolute-type positioning

Original Press Release:

AlphaStep AZ Series Stepper Motor Drivers Are Now Available with EtherNet/IP™

EtherNet/IP communication protocol is now available with Oriental Motor's αSTEP Hybrid Control System AZ Series stepper motor drivers. The combination of EtherNet/IP communication protocol and αSTEP Hybrid Control System open loop performance, closed-loop control technology allows manufacturers the room for significant design flexibility, innovation and IIoT connectivity.

TORRANCE, CALIF. (PRWEB) AUGUST 17, 2019 - Oriental Motor is pleased to announce the arrival of the EtherNet/IP communication protocol to the αSTEP AZ Series AC Input stepper motor drivers. This new EtherNet/IP capable driver retains all existing AZ Series functions and works with all AZ Series product family. The added layer of control methods and connectivity enables industrial manufacturers the room for significant design flexibility and innovation.

EtherNet/IP provides industrial users with the proven networking protocol needed to utilize standard Ethernet technology (IEEE 802.3 and TCP/IP) for factory automation applications while enabling Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) connectivity for connected devices.

The αSTEP AZ Series stepper motor driver offers superior high speed open loop performance with closed loop control. It incorporates a battery-free, absolute mechanical encoder for absolute-type positioning. There are no external sensors to acquire as the motor and driver completes the system. With EtherNet/IP, the operating data can be sent directly from the host system to the driver or the operating data can be set in the driver and then selected and executed from the host system. The host system connection and control are performed through I/O Stored Data or EtherNet/IP communication.

The new features of the latest αSTEP AZ Series Driver with EtherNet/IP Communication includes: 

  • Single-Phase 100-120 VAC or Single/Three-Phase 200-240 VAC.
  • Control methods: I/O Stored Data, EtherNet/IP Communications or Pulse Input
  • AOI instruction set for easier program configuration
  • Support Software for Parameter Setting (free download)
  • For use with AC Input αSTEP AZ Series stepper motors

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Oriental Motor continues to be a world leader in motion control systems since its inception in Japan in 1885. For over a century, Oriental Motor has concentrated on technological innovation and product design improvement — an emphasis evident in the sophisticated devices that Oriental Motor markets today.

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