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November 2019
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Driver Selection for AlphaStep Motors & Actuators, How-To Videos, Engineering Notes

Driver Selection for Look for the AlphaStep logo Motors & Actuators

AlphaStep stepper motors AlphaStep compact linear actuators AlphaStep linear slides AlphaStep linear cylinders AlphaStep rotary actuators AlphaStep rack & pinion

Driver component options for Oriental Motor's patented Look for the AlphaStep logo stepper motors and actuators (AZ and AR Series) have recently been expanded.  Learn how to select the right driver to easily integrate with upper level host controllers, such as PLCs and HMIs.

Pulse Input (AC or DC)AZ Series AC pulse input type driverAZ Series DC pulse input type driver

  • For host controllers with pulse/direction output.
  • Compatible with AZ and AR Series motors or actuators.

Stored Data/Network (AC or DC)AZ Series AC stored data/network type driverAZ Series DC stored data/network type driver

  • For host controllers with either discrete outputs or RS-485 communication.*
  • Store and link up to 256 motion profiles.**
  • Compatible with AZ and AR Series motors or actuators.

Pulse Input+Network (AC or DC)AZ Series AC pulse input/network type driverAZ Series DC pulse input/network type driver

  • A hybrid of both pulse input and stored data/network type drivers.
  • For applications requiring pulse/direction command with network status monitor. 
  • Compatible with AZ Series motors or actuators.

EtherNet/IP (AC)

  • For EtherNet/IP master/slave networks. 
  • EDS and AOI files available for download.
  • Compatible with AC input AZ Series motors or actuators.

EtherCAT (DC)
AZ Series DC EtherCAT multi-axis driverEtherCat

  • Built-in EtherCAT connectivity supports up to 4 axes of motion.
  • ESI file available for download. 
  • Compatible with DC input AZ Series motors or actuators.
*Modbus RTU is standard.  Network converters are provided for other protocols.
**AZ Series: 256 motion profiles.  AR Series: 64 motion profiles.

Learn more about AlphaStep Drivers

Related Content:
Learn about αSTEP Hybrid Control
The Power of the AlphaStep Family
The AZ Advantage: Eliminating External Sensors


How-To Videos

Learn how to wire and program our drivers with instructional videos.  

Wiring I/O Basic Programming
Driver, switch wiring video
MEXE02 universal driver software programming example

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Engineering Notes

Monthly updates to the Engineering Notes include product introductions, application examples, and motion control tips.  

Show & Tell: Wiring AC Motors Part 1 Air Flow, Static Pressure, and Impedance
Show & Tell: Wiring AC Motors Part 1
Fan Basics: Air Flow, Static Pressure, and Impedance

Engineering Notes


Latest Literature

Download or snail mail our newest literature.

AZ Series EtherNet/IP™
#535 AZ EtherNet/IP Drivers

AZ Series AC input EtherNet/IP driver intro

AZ Series Family Brochure
#502 PDF

AZ Series motors & actuators product catalog

2018~2019 Product Catalog
#514 Product Catalog

2018~2019 Product Catalog


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