New HX56-100 Stepper Motors are Certified for Use in Hazardous Locations

Press Release Summary:

The Applied Motion’s HX56-100 Stepper Motors are offered in Type4X and IP66 enclosure and can be used in ATEX and IECEx certifications for Class 1, Zone 1 locations in which flammable gases, vapors or liquids exists. They are designed for use with STAC6-Q-H stepper drive that features advanced anti-resonance algorithm. This STAC6-Q-H drive is capable of running stored programs that are created using Q programming language.

Original Press Release:

Applied Motion Products Introduces Internationally-Certified Stepper Motor for Operation in Hazardous Locations

Watsonville, CA…December 11, 2018…Applied Motion Products introduces the first commercially-available step motor internationally-certified for use in hazardous locations throughout the USA, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East. Offering high-performance motion control in the challenging environments of oil, gas, printing, and paint finishing applications, the HX56-100 Hazardous Location Stepper Motor features:

  • ATEX and IECEx certifications for Class 1, Zone 1 locations
  • UL-Listed for Class 1, Division 1, Group C and D locations
  • Type 4X and IP66 rated enclosure

Class I hazardous locations are areas where flammable gases, vapors or liquids are, or may be, present in the air in quantities sufficient to produce explosive or ignitable mixtures. Zone 1, also known as Division 1, defines a hazardous location in which flammable gases, vapors or liquids exist all of the time or some of the time under normal operating conditions.

“The HX56-100 Hazardous Location Stepper Motor is the only step motor in the world certified internationally by UL, ATEX, and IECEx,” notes Jason Jones, Regional Sales Manager, Applied Motion Products. “By providing a best-in-class solution for motion control applications in hazardous locations worldwide, the HX56-100 Stepper Motor minimizes the cost and time involved with gaining regulatory compliance for an OEM’s complete system.”

The HX56-100 Stepper Motor is specifically designed for use with the STAC6-Q-H Stepper Drive, the first and only step motor drive internationally certified for use in hazardous locations. The STAC6-Q-H features an advanced anti-resonance algorithm that ensures optimal torque performance from the HX56-100 over a wide speed range. Microstepping ensures smooth, high resolution positioning. The drive is capable of running stored programs created with Applied Motion’s Q programming language, and has sufficient input/output signals to connect to multiple external devices or sensors. 

For more Information on the HX56-100 Hazardous Location Step motor, visit Or contact Applied Motion Products by completing the online contact form or calling 1-800-525-1609.

About Applied Motion Products

Applied Motion Products specializes in high-precision, cost-effective motion control products including stepper and servo motors, drives, controllers, gearheads, and power supplies. The company serves a diverse industrial and OEM customer base with both standard and customized products. With in-depth motor and control expertise, Applied Motion Products works with customers from initial concept and design through finished product and production to provide the best motion control solutions to a range of markets. Find out more at or contact the company at 1-800-525-1609.

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Eric Rice

Applied Motion Products

404 Westridge Drive

Watsonville, CA 95076


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