The IDEA(TM) Drive stepper motor linear actuator from Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions (Waterbury, CT) integrates a linear actuator, electronic drive, and control unit with a patented GUI (Graphical Unit Interface). The GUI enables the operator to automatically enter motor and drive parameters based on the actuator part number. Complex parameter calculations or in-depth stepper motor knowledge is not needed.
A plotter visually represents the move profile based on distance, speed, acceleration, and deceleration. The GUI also provides an interactive debugger to simplify troubleshooting. The user can command the drive to execute one program line at a time, or multiple lines in a row. Other features include programmable phase current control, a single 12 to 42 Vdc supply voltage, and eight optoisolated digital I/O. The actuator is available in captive, non-captive, or external linear versions, both single and double stack lengths.