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Oriental Motor expands comms choices

19 March 2020

The motor manufacturer adds EtherCAT and Ethernet IP-compatible drivers for its AZ Series of closed loop stepper motors.

Oriental Motor’s AZ Series is acknowledged as a leading closed loop stepper motor with a selection of communications protocols: CANOpen, Modbus RTU, Mechatrolink 2 and Mechatrolink 3.

The addition of EtherCAT and Ethernet IP drivers for an even broader selection of communications protocols for the smart, connected factory. 

he EtherCAT protocol is widely used in automation and is particularly well-suited to multi-axis machines where several axes interact, requiring true linear interpolation. The EtherCAT-compatible multi-axis drivers for the high-performance AZ Series include two-axis, three-axis and four-axis driver connection models for the AZ Series DC input stepper motors and electric actuators. The 24/48VDC drivers are compatible with the C1A402 drive profile.

The AZ Series Ethernet IP-compatible drivers ensure that this widely used communications protocol is supported for a battery-free, absolute mechanical sensor motor and driver combination. 

The drivers integrate many protective and monitoring functions, such as temperature, torque, operating speed and current monitoring, protective thermal cutout and emergency stop with electric torque-off functions. Single-phase 100-120VAC and single-phase/three-phase 200-140VAC versions are available. They are for use with all AC input AZ Series motors and actuators.


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