The Tolomatic ACS actuator control solution from Tolomatic (Hamel, MN) is a servo or stepper driver and controller developed for use with electric actuators. The system is ODVA™ conformant for EtherNet/IP™. The electric actuators and control solutions can replace pneumatic cylinders, and can automate manual processes and other axes of motion. Linear motion is created in the desired linear units (mm or inch) using builtin configurations. The ACS servo and stepper drives are controlled from a PLC or master controller via 24 VDC digital I/O, 0-10 VDC or 4-20mA analog I/O, Ethernet, or Modbus RTU over RS-485 (EtherNet/IP or Modbus TCP protocols).

The stepper drive includes a 10-Amp drive and USB configuration, as well as availability of 34-frame motors. Both the ACS servo and stepper driver and controller feature 24V brake output for brake control, allowing the servo/stepper drive to control any 24 VDC external brake through Tolomatic Motion Interface software. Both the servo and stepper driver/controllers support QoS to improve communication over EtherNet/IP.

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This article first appeared in the August, 2015 issue of Motion Control & Automation Technology Magazine.

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