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Stepper drive provides software control option

Astrosyn reckons its MSST5-S stepper motor driver will really shake up the stepper market. This brand new unit is similar in price to traditional 5A step-and-direction microstepping drives, but offers three modes of control: step-and-direction; internal oscillator speed control; and full-blown PC or PLC software control. 

Software control allows it to be set up for running pre-coded routines repeatably, but it can also be useful to use this PC control to carry out on-line optimisation of parameters such as acceleration/deceleration rates, speeds and wait times.

Even used in 'dumb' mode as a straight replacement for a traditional drive it has the advantages of high current capacity in a compact size without requiring additional cooling, and very comprehensive protections such as over/under-voltage, over-current, over-temperature, and open/short circuit. The 256 microstep MSST5-S also incorporates features such as automatic system status monitoring and display, and command signal smoothing.

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