Linear Actuators combine motor, electronics, and mechanics.

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Measuring 2.3 x 2.2 x 1.7 in., MDrive® NEMA Size 17 Linear Actuators are available in non-captive and external shaft styles. With non-captive shafts, screw extends through MDrive and moves axially as motor rotates. With external shafts, rotating screw integral to MDrive motor moves screw-mounted nut axially, with choice of general purpose or anti-backlash nuts. Operating from -40 to +85°C, actuators are capable of full 256 x 200 microstepping with +12-48 Vdc integrated driver.

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MDrive® Linear Actuators Combine Motor, Electronics and Mechanics to Reduce Package Size and Cost

Compact all-in-one linear motion solutions in non-captive and external shaft styles

MARLBOROUGH, CT - February 5, 2009 - The MDrive® product line expands with NEMA size 17 linear actuators combining leading all-in-one integrated step motor and driver technology with linear motion to deliver long life, high accuracy and unsurpassed repeatability, all in an extremely compact package measuring 2.3x2.2x1.7" (58x56x43mm) for the low cost of $189.00each /100 piece quantity. See more at

The MDrive17 Linear Actuators are available in two (2) shaft styles: non-captive and external. With non-captive shafts, a screw extends through the MDrive and moves axially as the motor rotates. With external shafts, a rotating screw integral to the MDrive motor moves a screw-mounted nut axially, with a choice of general purpose or anti-backlash nuts.

Precision rolled screws for MDrive17 Linear Actuators deliver maximum life and quiet operation, and come with a choice of 4 screw leads to meet a wide range of application demands. Screws are manufactured from premium grade stainless steel, are corrosion resistant and non-magnetic, and available with an optional Teflon coating.

MDrive Linear Actuators are available with integrated electronics in three (3) versions: Microstepping with step and direction input, Motion Control with intelligent programmable controller, and Speed Control with velocity controller. For a comprehensive versions comparison, please visit

All MDrive17 Linear Actuators are capable of full (256 x 200) microstepping with a +12 to +48 VDC integrated driver, and an operating range of -40° to +85°C for long life, trouble free service in demanding environments. Product options include encoders, interface cables and all-inclusive QuickStart Kits to speed design verification and time-to-market.

Max Wietharn, IMS VP of Sales and Marketing, states: "MDrive Linear Actuators are ideal compact solutions for reducing machine cost, size and time-to-market in a wide range of linear motion applications without compromising functionality."
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About Intelligent Motion Systems, Inc.

For 23 years, IMS has provided innovative motion control solutions in stepping motor control technology and electronic controls.

Its products are routinely used in applications demanding highly precise, controlled movement including: robotics, medical, lab automation, assembly, semiconductor, packaging, engraving and pick-and-place. An industry leader in integrated motor and drive solutions, IMS is an R&D driven company with a solid commitment to Excellence in Motion(TM). To learn more about Intelligent Motion Systems, please visit

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