Applied Motion Products (Watsonville, CA) has introduced a new series of stepper drives that support a range of industrial Ethernet and Fieldbus network protocols, including EtherCAT, EtherNet/IP, CANopen, Modbus, Ethernet, RS-485, and a proprietary Serial Command Language over Ethernet and RS-485. These drives simplify the programming by consolidating motion control functions into the application software of the primary logic or machine controller. These DC-powered microstepping drives also run stored programs created with a Q Programming language. The STF Stepper Drives are available in three power ratings:
- The STF03 with a 12 to 48 VDC input and a 3.0 A/phase current output.
- The STF06 with a 12 to 48 VDC input and a 6.0A/phase current output.
- The STF10 with a 24 to 70 VDC input and a 10.0 A/phase current output.
All of the Drives feature two communication ports for daisy-chain connections of multiple drives to the central processor, HMI or PLC.