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Tolomatic’s new stepper drive/controller, designed for use with electric actuators, simplifies linear motion by automatically configuring all performance data about the actuator and motor.

The new actuator control solution (ACS) is a low-cost stepper drive and controller that features built-in configurations for the ERD, the company’s low-cost rod-style electric actuator.

According to Tolomatic, linear motion is quickly and easily created in the desired linear units (millimetres or inches).

Originally designed as a low-cost replacement for pneumatic cylinders, the ERD range of actuators is now suitable for applications such as product changeovers, pick-and-place, sorting and diverting and heat-staking tasks.

Aaron Dietrich, electric products manager at Tolomatic, said: ‘The primary goal in designing the ACS stepper drive/controller for the ERD product range was to create a low-cost, extremely easy-to-use drive and control product intended for single-axis actuator solutions.

‘What makes creating motion so easy is that, through two simple configuration steps, the ACS drive knows everything about the axis of motion.

‘Combined with any of Tolomatic’s electric actuator products, the entire axis of motion is available from one supplier,’ he added.

The ACS is capable of four, eight or 16 move-command modes (absolute, incremental or jog) for infinite position capability.

This array of command modes is flexible enough for a variety of single-axis actuator solutions.

It also has adjustable motion profile parameters (position, velocity, acceleration/deceleration and force) that are independently configurable for each move.

For energy savings, the ACD has the ability to reduce holding current when not in motion.

The ACS is capable of zone output based on the actuator position and it has a force-limiting capacity.

The digital I/O is configurable in either 24VDC opto-isolated, NPN or PNP, and the drive/controller is compatible with most brands of 24VDC stepper motors.

The ACS comes complete with a starter kit that includes the configuration software and two setup manuals.

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