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Linear actuators

By Design Engineering staff   


Haydon Kerk IDEA Drive tech provides touch-screen GUI to simplify motion programming.

Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions announced that its IDEA Drive technology is now available across the line of linear actuator products including the Size 17 stepper motor linear actuators, LRS and RGS linear rail systems, and ScrewRail linear actuators.

The company’s IDEA Drive utilizes a graphic user interface that allows programming of the unit through the use of on-screen buttons instead of command sets or other proprietary programming languages. The software also allows system designers to troubleshoot programs through line-by-line or multiple line program execution using an interactive “debug” feature. I/O can be simulated and tested in software before connecting any I/O hardware.

Other features include programmable current control, a single supply voltage of 12 to 48 VDC, up to 2.6Arms (3.68Apeak) max rated current per phase, and 8 opto-isolated general purpose I/O. The inputs are rated for 5 to 24 VDC, 4mA max per input. The outputs are open collector, 5 to 24 VDC, 200mA maximum per output.



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