Rapid Positioning with Smart Stepper Motor Drives.

Stepper motors are always ideal when a lot of torque and precise, reliable positioning is needed at low and medium speeds. The new PANdrive is pushing the envelope for stepper motor applications to high-speed positioning with up to 5000 rpm.

Trinamic announces the extension of the successful PANdrive product line by the PD42-3-1241 and the module TMCM-1241. The drive is equipped with a high current NEMA17 motor for fast, dynamic positioning.

“We entered the market of smart motors 15 years ago and have been at the forefront of integration ever since. With this latest product, our line of smart stepper motor drives is updated with the latest and leading-edge technologies of current control and sensorless diagnostics.” – Michael Randt, Founder and CEO of Trinamic

Trinamic - TMCM 1241The product features Trinamic’s second generation StealthChop, the silent stepper motor drive technology for quiet stepper motors, as well as SpreadCycle for smooth motion control. CoolStep, the sensorless load-dependent current control, ensures energy-efficient operation of the motor while the magnetic SensOstep encoder provides step-loss detection for safety – even in standstill.

Developed for a 10V to 30V DC operating voltage at up to 3A RMS phase current, the PD42-3-1241 PANdrive and TMCM-1241 module can reach up to 5000 rpm. As such, the drive provides superior performance wherever precise positioning at high speed is required. Accessing this performance is easy using the free TMCL-IDE, allowing for easy implementation of a standalone program flow and remote-controlled operation like all other Trinamic PANdrives and modules. Host communication is possible via the RS485, USB, or CAN interface using TMCL or the optional CANopen protocol.

An integrated SixPoint ramp generator allows for precise and rapid positioning – even in environments where parameters and target positions must be changed during motion. The drive has L R reference switch inputs and comes with StallGuard2 for sensorless homing.

For more information on Trinamic visit their supplier page.  To contact Micromech call 01376 333333 or Email sales@micromech.co.uk


Create the perfect XYZ gantry system for your application with Parker Origa OSPE Belt driven actuators and a little help from Micromech

Parker OSP-E
Using the OSP-E…BHD and BV belt driven actuators from the Parker Origa System Plus modular concept actuator range, Micromech have created a standard XYZ gantry assembly configurable to suit many applications.
Max Stroke X and Y 5000mm*
Max Stroke Z 1500mm*
Max velocity 5m/s*
Max payload 100kg*
Max acceleration 50m/s2

* Subject to application
The Actuators:

The OSP-E..BHD series belt driven actuator with integrated guide combines robustness, precision and high performance. The aesthetic design is easily integrated into any machine constructions by virtue of extremely adaptable mountings.


  • Accurate Path and Position Control
  • High Force Output
  • High Speed Operation
  • High Load Capacity
  • Easy Installation
  • Low Maintenance
  • Ideal for Multi-Axis Applications


  • Integrated Ball Bearing Guide or Integrated Roller Guide
  • Diverse Range of Multi-Axis Connection Elements
  • Diverse Range of Accessories and Mountings
  • Complete Motor and Control Packages
  • Optional Integrated Planetary Gearbox
  • Special Options on Request
  • IP 54 environmental protection

Parker OSP-E

The OSP-E..BV vertical belt actuator with integrated ball bearing guide has been specially developed for lifting movements in the Z-axis.

The especially low vibration OSP-E..BV vertical actuator in combination with the heavy duty series OSP-E..BHD meets the highest demands in portal and handling applications.


  • Fixed Actuator Head for Low Moving Mass
  • Integrated ball bearing guide for high bending moments
  • Magnetic Sensor set for contactless position sensing
  • Easy to install
  • Low Maintenance


  • High Acceleration and Speed
  • Drive Shaft Versions with Clamp Shaft or Plain Shaft
  • Power Transmission by Belt
  • Moving Axis Profile
  • Complete Motor and Control Packages

Parker Origa actuators are available with a wide range of standard options and accessories including:

  • Input shaft variants
  • Integrated gearboxes
  • Dual carriages
  • Actuating direction
  • Bi-parting versions
  • Various motor mountings
  • Various profile mounting options
  • Contactless limit/home sensors

In addition to the many options offered with Parker Origa OSP-E actuators, Micromech can provide

  • Custom XYZ configurations
  • 3D models of you chosen gantry design
  • Cable management
  • Custom motor/gearbox mounting
  • Mechanical limit/home sensors
  • End effector brackets
  • Control systems

Parker OSP-E

Click here for more information on the Parker Origa actuator range or for further details on the services offered by Micromech click here .  To contact Micromech call 01376 333333 or Email sales@micromech.co.uk

Implement your servo controller in a day with the TMC4671

Micromech announces the TMC4671 from Trinamic – the world’s first fully integrated servo controller IC providing field-oriented control for BLDC/PMSM and 2-phase stepper motors, as well as DC motors and voice coils.

Trinamic - TMC4671The trend towards automating everything around us has increased the demand for energy efficient control even of the smallest motors, so the focus on reducing energy consumption has shifted from large motors also to the smaller, embedded applications, where the use of large inverters is no option.

The TMC4671 addresses this market by embedding all necessary control loops in rugged, reliable state-machines. By offloading real-time critical tasks from the processor and software and implementing all control functions in hardware, the TMC4671 offers a crucial benefit: it takes care of all control functions itself. Integrated ADCs, position sensor interfaces, and position interpolators enable a fully functional servo controller for a wide range of servo applications such as robotics, pick and place machines, factory automation, e-mobility, lab automation, and blowers.

“Application layer or bus protocol firmware needs to be updated over the typical lifetime of a product,” explains Trinamics founder and CEO Michael Randt. “Having all real-time tasks embodied in dedicated, proven and reliable hardware, minimizes the effort for the initial firmware development and these updates and thus reduces the total cost of ownership.”

The TMC4671 is designed to rapidly decrease time to market for highly performant servo controllers while maximizing drive efficiency as well as dynamics. With all time critical calculations in hardware, just a few lines of code are necessary to develop a dynamic servo controller.

It offers high switching frequency and controller update rates of up to 100kHz and has filtering and interpolation features like the digital Hall signal interpolation for smoother operation. The IC can work with various encoders such as simple digital or analog Hall sensors over A/B/Z incremental and high-resolution sin/cos analog encoders. Sensors can be flexibly mapped as an input for position and velocity control loops. With its delta sigma current sensing ADCs, the TMC4671 is perfectly suited for isolated delta sigma frontends.

Besides the IC, Trinamic will also offer the TMC4671-BOB and TMC4671-EVAL for Trinamic’s modular Landungsbrücke Evaluation System. Together with Trinamic’s powerful tools including TMCL-IDE, this speeds up development and design-in processes considerably.

Features and benefits:

  • Servo controller with field-oriented control
  • Torque control (FOC), velocity control, position control
  • Feed forward control inputs
  • Integrated ADCs, delta sigma-ADC frontend
  • Encoder engine: Hall analog/digital, encoder analog/digital
  • Supports 3-phase PMSM/BLDC, 2-phase stepper motors, and DC motors
  • Advanced PWM engine (25kHz… 100kHz)
  • Application SPI debug (UART, SPI)
  • Step-direction interface (S/D)
For more information on Trinamic Products contact Micromech on 01376 333333 or Email sales@micromech.co.uk

New from RTA – Combo unit: R-MOD ET


  • New series of stepper motors with integrated ministep bipolar chopper drives; setting by means of EtherCAT interface and based on encoder.
  • Compact system housed in a metallic box mounted on motor body, minimizing dimensions and optimizing wiring and mounting easiness.
  • Target: advanced applications with distributed electronics requiring compact dimensions and ensuring perfect integration in complex EtherCAT architectures.


  • Communication by means of EtherCAT (CoE) interface.
  • Modes of operation: PROFILE POSITION and CSP.
  • Different variety of HOMING operation modes.
  • PROXIMITY hardware input.
  • Motor current overboost.
  • Intelligent management of the current profile.


  • Range of operating voltage: 24-48 VDC.
  • Protections:
    -Protection against under-voltage and over-voltage.
    -Protection against a short-circuit at motor outputs.
    -Overtemperature protection.
  • Electronic damping facility for further acoustic noise and mechanic vibrations reduction.
  • Command to execute runs with position control to set: distance, direction, speed and acceleration.
  • Command to execute zero research (HOMING).
  • Possibility to detect motor loss of synchronism or stall and position error by means of encoder.
For more information on RTA Products contact Micromech on 01376 333333 or Email sales@micromech.co.uk

Trinamic launches multi axis stepper motor servo module

The TMCM-3351 extends the successful TMCM-351, which has been on the market for more than a decade, by a closed-loop stepper motor servo controller.

TRINAMIC extends its portfolio of TMCM embedded motor control modules. Following the success of the TMCM-351 triple axis board, the TMCM-3351 is designed to be as easy to use as its sibling, but with additional closed-loop stepper motor servo functionality.

Trinamic TMCM-3351The new board drives three 2-phase bipolar stepper motors up to 2.8A. Utilizing Trinamic’s highest performance stepper motor driver IC for external MOSFETs TMC5160 and the dedicated closed-loop motion controller TMC4361, the TMCM-3351 is a cost- and energy-efficient stepper motor servo controller for stepper motors with A/B/N quadrature encoders. Ideal for liquid handling and handling sensitive goods, the S-ramp controller allows for precise and fast positioning.

“If you are looking for an energy efficient drive you are typically looking at servo drives. But, as stepper motors have a considerably higher torque than servo motors of comparable size at low speeds, they often are the solution to get rid of a costly and likewise inefficient gearbox.” explains Trinamic’s CEO Michael Randt. “With our new stepper motor servo drives, you get the best of both worlds. The efficiency of a servo at the cost of a stepper motor.”

Like all other modules by Trinamic, the TMCM-3351 embeds advanced motor and motion control functions, as well as PLC features. Host communication is possible via the RS485, RS232, CAN or USB serial interface using TMCL or the optional CANopen protocol. Together with the free and easy to use TMCL-IDE, the module allows for easy implementation of a standalone program flow and remote-controlled operation.
An integrated SixPoint or advanced S-Ramp generator per axis allows for precise and rapid positioning – even in environments where parameters and target positions must be changed during motion.

Designed for bipolar stepper motors with A/B/N encoders, the TMCM-3351 is available from the end of July. The board has dimensions of 150mm x 10mm.

Features and benefits:

  • 3-axes controller/driver for 2-phase bipolar stepper motors
  • Supply voltage 11…28V
  • Up to 2.8A RMS motor current
  • S-shaped ramps
  • Closed-loop stepper operation
  • TMCL protocol / CANopen option

For more information on Trinamic Products contact Micromech on 01376 333333 or Email sales@micromech.co.uk

The New Kollmorgen AKM2G series range of AC Synchronous Servo Motors – from Micromech

Same performance…..20% less space.

To compliment the existing AKM Range we are pleased to announce the release of the AKM®2G for demanding applications that the standard AKM cannot meet.

  • Smaller footprint helps to reduce machine space
  • Increased torque provides higher performance
  • Wider speed range for faster operation
  • More options provide greater flexibility
  • Higher efficiency due to reduced energy consumption

Kollmorgen AKM2GThe AKM®2G offers 30% more torque per rating than current designs without an increase frame size.

For new machine designs, the AKM®2G motor allows customers to decrease the size, footprint, and complexity of the machine, while still getting the power and performance required.

The compact AKM®2G drops into existing machine designs to increase performance, when compared to other manufactures motors, without increasing the size of the motor.

The AKM®2G features six sizes with performance levels between 0.3 and 10kW. It will offer options such as feedbacks, mounting configurations, and performance capabilities.


  • Greater than 20% average increase in torque density (torque/volume) for highest torque or smallest footprint sizing
  • Six design sizes with performance levels between 0.3 and 10 kW
  • Continuous torques from .651 Nm to 75.2 Nm
  • Frame (mounting flange square) and stack (motor length) combinations with overlapping ratings for optimal motor package sizing
  • Standard winding choices for 120VAC to 480 VAC operation with various speed/torque performance curves
  • Feedback options to match application requirements and drive selection
    – SFD3
    – Hiperface DSL
    – ENDAT 2.2
    – Resolver
    – Others: available soon or on request
  • Connector options (as appropriate for feedback type and motor size)
    – SpeedTec * (standard for single or dual cable designs)
    – Y-Tec (dual connector with single insertion at motor for size 2 motors)
  • System cable options for use with Kollmorgen AKD Servo Drives and the forthcoming AKD2G Servo Drives
    – Single Cable SFD3/Hiperface DSL/ENDAT 2.2
    – Two-Cable Variant For Resolver including ytec connector motors
  • Standard IP65 rating, optional ratings available
    International Standard Mount with choice of smooth shaft or closed keyway. Others options available soon or on request
  • Mechanical holding brake option. Future availability for permanent magnet brake option
  • Thermal sensor options for maximum motor protection and servo drive compatibility
  • Low friction shaft seal options for both wet and dry running applications

* SpeedTec is a trademark of TE Connectivity Ltd

For more information on the AKM®2G Servo Drive or any other Kollmorgen Products contact Micromech on 01376 333333 or Email sales@micromech.co.uk


The new GALAXIE® from Wittenstein….another new cutting edge product available from Micromech

A brand new motor/gearbox type from Wittenstein. Its unique design enables virtually full surface contact during power transmission.
This means that the compact Galaxie® Drive Systems and gearboxes with hollow shaft provide previously unachievable performance data including:
Wittenstein Galaxie
  • Extremely high torque density
  • High torsional rigidity
  • Smooth running
  • Improved positional accuracy
  • Completely backlash-free operation.

The superiority of the gearbox type is based on three radically new ideas;

  • Dynamic single teeth instead of a gear wheel
  • Surface instead of linear contact
  • Logarithmic spiral tooth geometry

The Wittenstein Galaxie® is perfect for high performance engineering applications.

An ingenious concept in 4 variants and 5 sizes
Galaxie® D
Hollow-shaft compact drive, axially integrated permanently excited synchronous motor with standard sensor systems
Galaxie® DF
Ultra-flat hollow-shaft compact drive, radially integrated permanently excited synchronous motor with standard sensor systems
Galaxie® G
Backlash-free gearbox with optional coaxial planetary input stage and adapter plate for mounting on standard industrial servo motors
Galaxie® GH
Galaxie® Gearbox with hypoid input stage and adapter plate for mounting on standard industrial servo motors.
For more information on the Galaxie® or any other Wittenstein Products contact Micromech on 01376 333333 or Email sales@micromech.co.uk