Digital microstepping drive gives quieter, smoother motion by reducing 70% motor noise

Bournemouth, UK, July 2009:

Motion Control Products Ltd is launching the DMD556 next-generation digital microstepping drive that is claimed to benefit from unprecedented audio noise reduction (by 70%) and smooth low-speed performance for stepper motors. Although believed to be one of the lowest priced stepper drives currently available, the DMD556 digital stepper drive offers motor speeds to over 3000rpm with servo-like performance.

The DMD556’s performance comes from its powerful 32-bit DSP processor and associated control algorithms. These achieve smooth performance at low speeds by significantly minimising fluctuations from the desired motor speed. The DMD556 digital stepper drive can also calculate the natural system frequency and apply a damping function to eliminate resonance. This yields higher speed and better motor performance; it also optimises torque and eliminates mid-range instability. And by cutting stepper motor heating losses, the driver brings energy saving benefits, together with reduced maintenance costs.

System set-up is said to be fast and simple due to the DMD556’s motor auto-tuning and parameter auto-configuration technology. This allows automatic compensation for the unique characteristics of any motor connected to the drive. The motor can be sized from NEMA 17 to NEMA 34 due to a wide input voltage coverage and a programmable output current range from 0.5-5.6A. Either two- or four-phase motors can be connected. The drive has a programmable resolution, from full step to 102,400 steps per revolution. The DMD556 stepper drive’s Multistep function allows this full microstepping resolution to be applied to a standard 200-step motor, so system performance becomes smoother.

The DMD556 digital stepper drive is suitable for applications requiring smooth operation at low speed, and performance at high speed. Typical examples include laser cutters, laser markers, high-precision X-Y tables, labelling, packaging and engraving machines, textile equipment, pick-and-place devices and many other electronic equipment products. Over-voltage, over-current and phase-error protection is provided as standard.

Anther three models from DMD series are also available, providing variable choices in the range of supply voltage and current for all kinds of customer applications. For more information, please visit

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