Oriental Motor has expanded the communications options for its AZ Series of closed loop stepper motors with the addition of EtherCAT and Ethernet IP-compatible drivers
Communications protocols have assumed increasing importance for machine builders and automation systems engineers, and Oriental Motor is underscoring the advantages of its AZ Series closed loop stepper motor with its selection of communications protocols, including CANOpen, Modbus RTU, Mechatrolink 2 and Mechatrolink 3.
The company has enhanced its AZ Series closed loop stepper motor range with EtherCAT and Ethernet IP drivers to offer machine builders a broader selection of communications protocols for the smart, connected factory. The addition of these two protocols extends the communications functionality available with the AZ Series of stepper motors.
The EtherCAT compatible AZ Series is widely used in automation and has prven particularly valuable in multi-axis systems requiring true linear interpolation. Oriental Motor EtherCAT-compatible multi-axis drivers have two-axis, three-axis and four-axis driver connection models and are available for connection to the AZ Series DC input stepper motors and electric actuators. 24/48VDC drivers are compatible with the C1A402 drive profile.
Oriental Motor states that the AZ Series Ethernet IP-compatible drivers support a battery-free, absolute mechanical sensor motor and driver combination which can be used with all Oriental Motor AZ Series motors as well as with linear and rotary actuators equipped with the AZ Series.
All AZ Series drivers integrate a number of protective and monitoring functions including temperature, torque, operating speed and current monitoring together with protective thermal cutout and an emergency stop with electric torque-off functions. Single-phase 100-120VAC and single-phase/three-phase 200-140VAC versions are available for use with all AC input AZ Series motors and actuators.