Design Engineering

Stepper Motor Controller

By Design Engineering Staff   

General controller Haydon Kerk motion controller stepper motor

Haydon Kerk Motion IDEA Drive line designed to control smaller linear actuators.

Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions added the PCM4806E to its IDEA Drive™ line of stepper motor controllers. The RoHS-compliant drive allows an encoder input to the controller for closed-loop position correction capability. The encoder interface is designed to accept single-ended, 2-channel quadrature encoder input and an index signal. The 90 degree offset of Channel A and B allows the system to determine motor direction. A 1000 line encoder will be translated by the firmware as a 2000 pulse signal for use in position correction.

The IDEA Drive platform also graphic user interface (GUI), allowing system programming through on-screen buttons. For experienced users, default values can be adjusted as long as they remain within the safe range calculated by the software. Other features include programmable current control, a single supply voltage of 12 to 48 VDC, 0.6Arms (0.84Apeak) max rated current per phase, and 8 opto-isolated general purpose I/O. Each input is rated for 5 to 24 VDC, 8 mA maximum per input. The outputs are open collector, 5 to 24 VDC, 200 mA maximum per output. Communications to the PCM4806E IDEA Drive is via a USB to mini USB.


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