The MC403 is armed to thrill

The MC403 is a high specification Motion Co-ordinator using a high performance ARM11 processor that provides up to 2 axes of servo plus a master encoder axis or up to 3 axes of stepper control. The MC403 features a total of 8 axes in software where any axes not assigned to built-in hardware can be used as a virtual axis.


  • ARM11 Processor with Double Precision Floating Point
  • Digital / Analogue I/O
  • Selectable servo update 125 – 2000 microseconds
  • Ethernet programming interface
  • 3 axis step and direction / 2 axis servo
  • CANbus expansion port
  • Multi-tasking TrioBasic programming
  • IEC 61131-3 programming support
  • Micro SD Card memory slot

All three encoder ports can be either incremental or one of three popular absolute encoder types; SSI, Tamagawa or EnDat, additionally the third axis can be used as a stepper, reference encoder input or a sync encoder output. The built-in Ethernet port allows programming and connection of common HMI and PLC protocols directly to the MC403. User programs can be written in Trio’s established multi-tasking TrioBASIC language using the powerful Motion Perfect application development software thus making complex motion easy. Every axis can be programmed to move using linear, circular or helical or spherical interpolation, electronic cams, linked axes and gearboxes.

There is also available an option on the MC403 to use the industry standard IEC 61131-3 runtime is an easy to use fully functional PLC programming system. Two LED’s enable the controller status to be easily determined, whilst the single piece metal cast back-plate provides an integrated earth chassis to improve noise rejection in the industrial environment.

Micromech is the UK and Eire distributor for these amazing products and if you would like to find out more contact Stirling Morley on 01376 333333 or email

‘Affordable Automation’

PM Bearings News – Acquisition of Tecnovia

PM Bearings are proud to announce the acquisition of Tecnovia BV on 15th May 2012 and as part of the PM-Group, Tecnovia will be operating under the name PM-Aerotec. As PM-Aerotec the company will continue to work together with all other divisions of the PM Group (PM-Bearings and PM-Motion) and is ready to serve a wide range of companies in high level Industries.

Tecnovia is a well-known company, which operates in the same high levels of industry as PM Bearings. It is a strong, quality certified supplier of parts and modules for the aviation industry, specialised sheet metal products and machine frame construction. Besides producing complex sheet metal structures they manufacture electro-mechanical modules, high quality mechanical parts, sheet metal parts and much more…

PM Bearings develops and manufactures linear bearings, crossed roller slides and innovative linear and rotary stages of unsurpassed quality. With the broadest range of models and sizes PM covers almost every requirement in linear motion where precision is required with standard or custom-made systems.

The PM bearings name is synonymous with:

  • Progressive Linear Technology
  • High quality Performance at a great price
  • Precision engineering to support development and rapid prototyping
  • Single applications to production quantities
  • Module assembling and testing facilities

PM’s years of experience, development and research have made the company today’s world leader in the highest grade of precision technology. Due to ever improving standards of quality and service, finding customer-minded solutions and offering high flexibility has been a natural success. The installation of state-of-the-art production facilities has resulted in the highest quality linear, curved and rotational bearings, ‘high-end’ systems and system integration. Working closely with customer’s means the best solutions are found for the relevant applications.

‘Innovative linear technology, unmatched precision, reliability and flexibility’

Yaskawa Newsletter

Product and news updates

Compact Vector Drive V1000 in IP66 protection class   
3 ~ 200V …. 240V,  +10%/-15%,  0.1kW to 3,0kW
3 ~ 380V …. 480V, +10%/- 15%, 0.2kW to 18.5kW

Decentralised solution for variable speed and simple positioning applications without cabinet.

  • No need for costly enclosures to guarantee the required protection for the inverters against contaminants, like dust, water, oil or other environmental stress.
  • Adding additional components possible within the enclosure, therefore no need for further cabinets.
  • 2 Housing versions:
  • Built in oversize LED operator panel for best readability even in dark environment and handling with gloves.
  • Blank face plate, RJ45 connector for external operator connection.
  • Easy installation and wiring
  • Integrated Class C1 EMC filter

Features of the standard V1000

  • Control Modes: V/f, V/f with simple PG, open loop vector for induction and permanent magnet motors
  • Screwless control terminals
  • Dual rating (heavy/normal duty) for operation of one size larger motor
  • Induction motor and PM motor control
  • Designed for 10 Years of maintenance-free operation
  • DriveWorksEZ – integration of PLC functionality

Yaskawa Announcement

EtherCAT Connectivity 
Yaskawa is pleased to announce the immediate availability of an EtherCAT® network card for A&V1000 AC drives. The Yaskawa IEC61131 Machine Control

Governed by international standardised functions the MP2300Siec and MP2310Siec are machine controllers with a potent motion engine at the core. Simple network configuration of multiple machine axis and pre-prepared function commands reduce development and machine build time to the minimum. The control includes a built-in web server and is compatible with international network protocols.

Why Yaskawa? Three convincing Reasons for using an innovative Solution

1) A wide range of applications, perfectly supported by YASKAWA
MP2300Siec – the package solution for machine controls with up to 16 axes provides a perfect automation solution for compact or modular machines and is suitable for almost all applications.
Scalability allows customisation to suit individual requirements     
Supporting IEC 61131-3 programming and PLCopen standards, the MP2300Siec controller offers software re-usability and user-specific application & function components for simple and fast programming.

  • Easy-to-handle control functions integrate seamlessly into existing system architectures
  • Less programming effort
  • Faster time-to-market
  • Software re-usability
  • Consistently higher software quality
  • Less complexity
  • Lower initial cost in your machine development
  • Supports EtherNet/IP, Modbus TCP/IP and MECHATROLINK network connectivity for machine controls with up to 16 axes

The scalability of the MP2300Siec allows a wide range of applications offering you a convenient solution for small and medium-sized machines.

2) Remote maintenance and access              

Available via integrated web server, simple integration and user-friendly engineering.

  • EtherNet/IP, Modbus TCP/IP, Web and OPC server data can be transmitted simultaneously via EtherNet connection.
  • An integrated web server facilitates maintenance without special software tools.
  • The OPC server technology allows integration into the Scada System.
  • The IEC 61131-3 programming standard offers competitive advantages.
  • An engineering tool within the MotionWorksPro package supports all existing programming languages.
  • The software offers standardised motion control function blocks according to PLCopen and application components.
  • There is no need for customers to do any programming as once a program has been set up, it is re-usable and can be reproduced faster.

3) Performance

Highest performance in conjunction with the latest YASKAWA servo drives to achieve precise positioning and synchronisation

The MP2300Siec offers precise positioning and synchronisation of all axes via MECHATROLINK-II-Bus. In conjunction with YASKAWA drives, machine cycles can be increased and product quality optimised.

  • The overall solution is extremely flexible, compact, efficient and economical.
  • Ready-to-use solution with adjusted components

YASKAWA supplies complete control & drive packages and will also support the development process, if required.               I-ES3 option card provides instant connectivity to an EtherCAT® network. The option contains support for the Velocity mode according the CANopen Device Profile and Motion Control (DSP402) profile. It also contains YASKAWA vendor specific CANopen objects based on the present CANopen option board specification.

Governed by international standardised functions IEC61131 the MP2300Siec and MP2310Siec are machine controllers with a potent motion engine at the core. Simple network configuration of multiple machine axis and pre-prepared function commands reduce development and machine build time to the minimum. The control includes a built-in web server and is compatible with international network protocols.

Parker Trilogy I-FORCE Ironless Motor Positioners cover a wide range

Parker Trilogy’s ironless linear motors offer high forces and rapid accelerations in a compact package. With forces ranging from 5.5lbf (878.6N) continuous up to 5.5lbf ((24.5N) and up to 883lbf (3928N) peak, the I-Force family offers a superior combination of performance and size.

The I-Force (patented RE34674) ‘I-beam’ shape with its overlapping windings allows for a higher power density in a smaller motor, improved heat removal and added structural stiffness. In addition, the ironless (or air core) linear motor design has no attractive force toward the magnets, which provides for easy installation and zero cogging during motion. Ultra high-flex cables come as standard with I-Force motors and on offer are modular magnet tracks for unrestricted travel length.

There are six different product series with configurable options for a ‘best fit’ linear motor solution. The standard travel lengths are up to 3 metres, which can be easily customised. Acceleration is up to 6g’s, speeds to 5 m/s and an internal thermal cutout switch protection and either magnetic coil or optical encoder options with resolutions to 0.1 micron.

 There are single or dual bearing rail positioners to match the performance and cost requirement of users but with precision ground aluminium or steel base for high accuracy as well as maximum life, load and speed. Also included are over travel limits, home sensor and an integral high flex cable. Cable track options accommodate customer payload tubes and cables along with motor and encoder cables. The I-FORCE has multi-axis configurations available and if required there are dual rail positioners, which have bellows as a standard option.

The motors used are of three types, first the ironless motor for ultra high performance and zero cogging. Next the ironcore motor for highest power to package size, and thirdly the slotless motor which has good linear force and smooth translation, at a low cost.

Linear Motor Advantages:

  • High speeds and accelerations
  • Fast response e.g. 100 times that of a mechanical system
  • Stiffness e.g. the spring rate is better than a mechanical system
  • Zero backlash due to direct drive technology
  • Maintenance free, the system is mechanical simple due to the design and much reduced component count
  • Long travels without any performance loss
  • Suitable for vacuum and extreme environments

Miniature positioners available
There are many, many applications for these positioners including semiconductor, electronics, medical, life sciences, machine tools, optics, photonics, printing, scanning, digital fabrication, packaging, material handling, automated assembly, flat panel and solar panel manufacturing.

Incredibly smooth motion, high precision and high force density make the Parker I-Force Linear motors an ideal solution for demanding positioning requirements.

Parker Hannifin is the world’s leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, providing precision-engineered solutions for a wide variety of pharmaceutical, food, research, defence, industrial and aerospace markets.

Micromech is the UK distributor and systems integrator for Parker Hannifin electromechanical products. For more information contact Alan Spinks on 01376 333333 or

‘Micromech Systems and Parker are forces in motion’

The TMCM-6110 coolStep™ is a 6-axis stepper controller/driver 1.1A/24V

The TMCM-6110 is an intelligent, compact and ‘ready to use’ 6 axis motion control solution at low cost for up to six bipolar 2-phase stepper motors. It fully supports the common and easy to use programming language TMCL™, where predefined high level motion control commands such as ‘Move to Position’ or ‘Constant Rotation’ guarantee convenient and rapid development.


  • Up to 256 times microstep
  • StallGuard2™ for sensorless load detection
  • CoolStep™ for load dependent current control
  • SpreadCycle™ chopper for smooth current wave form
  • Ready for dcStep™ feature: auto-ramping and load depending speed adjustment
  • Memory for 2048 TMCL™ commands
  • Automatic ramp generation in hardware
  • ‘On the fly’ alteration of motion parameters (e.g. position, velocity, acceleration)
  • Integrated protection: over-temperature/under-voltage
  • Full step frequencies up to 20kHz
  • TRINAMIC driver technology therefore no heatsink required
  • 8x DIP switch for addressing or general purpose

Besides the user programmable I/O controlled stand alone operation (onboard memory), a variety of high level interfaces allow remote controlled operation. Since all time critical operations, for example ramp calculation, are performed onboard, the communication traffic is kept very low. Inimitable smooth, precise and fast movements are given by a resolution of up to 256 electrically equi-distant microsteps and by the ultimate spreadCycle™ chopper scheme for optimal motor currents.

In addition the TMCM-6110 features the following revolutionising technologies: stallGuard2™ can detect and monitor dynamic load changes in high resolution without the need of an encoder, it builds the basis for the automated load dependent current control coolStep™ for energy/ heat efficient motor control, as well as giving unlimited motor performance.

Electrical Data

  • Up to 1.1A coil current RMS (1.5A peak)
  • 9V to 28V supply voltage

Supported Motors

  • Two-phase bipolar motors with up to 1.1A coil current


  • RS485 (9pin D-SUB connector)
  • CAN (9pin D-SUB connector)
  • USB 2.0 full speed (mini USB connector)
  • 2 reference / limit switch input per axis
  • 6 general purpose digital inputs (24V compatible)
  • 2 general purpose analogue input (0-10V, 12-bit)
  • 6 general purpose digital outputs (open drain, 100mA)
  • 2 general purpose digital outputs (open drain, 1A)


  • stand-alone or remote controlled operation using TMCL™ (Trinamic Motion Control Language)
  • PC-based application development soft-ware TMCL-IDE is included

Saving the best until last, the price, 100 pieces are just £120.00 each (that’s £20 per axis) and for a 1000 pieces they are only £100 each, an incredible £16.60 per axis *

Micromech is the UK and Eire distributor for these amazing products and if you would like a quote or to find out more contact Stirling Morley on 01376 333333 or email

‘Affordable Automation’

* best prices, one shipment

Having STEBON stepper motor delivery problems?

We can help, our Stogra stepper motors are ‘drop in’ replacements and have excellent delivery times


  • 1,8° step angle
  • Cast connection box (IP55) or leads (IP41)
  • Metric or inch sizes (56,87,88,107,168mm)
  • Isolating class F high voltage to DIN VDE 0530 standard
  • CE-conformity

In addition the Stogra range can include GEAR HEADS, Encoders and BRAKES

If you are having trouble sourcing your STEBON motor then contact us today and we will advise which motor is the replacement, then give you a quotation.

Micromech is Stogra’s UK distributor for stepper motors, drives and controls products. If you want to know more about these robust and reliable products then contact Alan Spinks on 01376 333333 or email