Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions Introduces the IDEA™ Stepper Motor Drive Module with RS-485 Communication Protocol

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The IDEA stepper motor controller platform now has the capability of communication using an RS-485 data protocol. The RS-485 protocol overcomes the limitations of other drive communication methods making the RS-485 IDEA drive module perfect for industrial applications.

RS-485 Stepper Motor Controller

RS-485 Stepper Motor Controller

The main advantage of using the RS-485 protocol, especially for industrial equipment such as stepper drives, industrial motor drives, and servo systems, is the ability for long data transmissions while exhibiting excellent immunity to electrical noise.

The IDEA stepper motor controller platform now has the capability of communication using an RS-485 data protocol. The RS-485 protocol overcomes the limitations of other drive communication methods making the RS-485 IDEA drive module perfect for industrial applications.

The main advantage of using the RS-485 protocol, especially for industrial equipment such as stepper drives, industrial motor drives, and servo systems, is the ability for long data transmissions while exhibiting excellent immunity to electrical noise. The RS-485 protocol utilizes “differential” signal lines for limiting common mode noise coupling and twisted pair cabling for cancelling out induced noise current. This allows IDEA stepper motor controller devices to communicate over a network of 1000ft without the need for termination resistors. The system architecture also allows up to 256 addressable device nodes. An industrial controller can send commands to all the drives at once, or each drive can be controlled separately when assigned a unique identifier, a number between 0 and 255. To download the entire IDEA Drive Communications Guide, visit http://www.idea-drive.com.

The IDEA platform is a RoHS compliant, small footprint, electronic drive and fully programmable control unit with easy-to-use graphic user interface programming. Hardware features of the IDEA Drive platform include programmable current control, a single supply voltage of 12 to 48 VDC, 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.

For information on the wide variety of other linear actuator products from Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions, visit Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions

About Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions, Inc.

Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions is a unit of AMETEK, Inc., a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices with annualized sales of $2.9 billion. For more information, visit http://www.HaydonKerk.com or contact Haydon Kerk at 203-756-7441.

Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions joins two world-class brands in the field of linear motion; Haydon Switch and Instrument and Kerk Motion Products.Together as Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions, the company offers a wide range of high-performance and precision linear motion products. Recognized as a leader in the manufacturer of stepper motor-based linear actuators, rotary motors, lead screw assemblies, and linear rail and guide systems used in niche applications, Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions has developed its industry-renown brands through technical innovation, versatility, customization, product durability, and dedicated customer service.

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