Notice of Parker product discontinuation

Due to component obsolescence Parker is forced to discontinue the following product ranges from 30th June 2019:

XL stepper drive range including associated PSU.
ViX stepper drive and ViX servo range including all ViX accessories and cables.

Please contact sales at Micromech for details on last time buys, product availability and last dispatch dates.

To minimise any disruption this may cause Micromech is able to offer suitable up to date replacement products.

We can supply stepper drives from our RTA range that cover the XL and ViX stepper ranges and Kollmorgen AKD servo drives to replace the ViX servo range.

In addition our engineers can specify the correct drive for your application and assist with updating your software to help make the change as painless as possible.

RTA and Kollmorgen Stepper Drives

For more information on RTA and Kollmorgen products contact Micromech on 01376 333333 or


Electrak HD is the next generation of electric linear actuators from Thomson – Available with Higher Load Capacity and Synchronization Option

Electrak® HD – Smarter, Stronger, Longer

Thomson Electrak HDThe Electrak HD is a new range of electric linear actuators with onboard electronics, eliminating the need for standalone controls. These new higher power actuators are open to a wider range of hydraulic applications for electric conversion. They also meet the most extreme OEM component environmental acceptance tests, including IP69K.

The Electrak HD offers 50% higher load capacity, 60% longer stroke lengths than previous designs and is faster than the competition at comparable loads. In addition the onboard controls boast advanced control features.

Superior Performance

Higher power and longer stroke lengths enable Electrak HD to tackle applications outside the range of other electric linear actuators.

  • Higher load ranges up to 16 kN (3600 lbs.) are ideal for hydraulic-to-electric conversion applications
  • Stroke lengths up to 1 m (39 in.) for models up to 10 kN / 500 mm (20 in.) for 16 Kn
  • Efficient actuator design, including a high-quality ball screw, reduces current draw by up to 20%

Unrivaled Environmental Protection

Electrak HD is tested to meet and exceed the toughest OEM mechanical and electronic component acceptance tests on the market today.

  • IP69K (static), IP67 (static) and IP66 (dynamic) ratings prove Electrak HD can withstand the harshest environments
  • Capable of operating in a wide temperature range from -40°C to 85°C (-40°F to 185°F)
  • Salt spray tested for 500 hours
  • CE, RoHS and REACH (EU) compliant
  • Rated for IP-X6 (dynamic) during water splash at 10°C ( 50°F) and an equalized actuator temperature of 85°C ( 185°F)
For more information on Thomson products contact Micromech on 01376 333333 or

ISEL driven linear actuators, the ideal cost effective solution to reliable and precise linear motion….German engineering available from Micromech.

ISEL provides a wide range of mechanical and electronic motion control products suitable for new machine builds and upgrade projects for both OEMs and end users.

At Micromech we are experts in specifying and providing ISEL mechanical components.

Included in ISEL’s excellent ranges are a wide and versatile selection of ballscrew driven linear actuators.

Actuator Overview:

Ballscrew driven actuators:



  • Isel LES 4Anodised aluminium extruded profile housing
    W75 × H75 mm
  • Up to 3m profile length
  • 2 precision steel shafts Ø12 h6,
  • Option for 1 or 2  70mm long with central lubrication
    system and adjustable for no play
  • Recirculating ball screw with optional
    2.5/4/5/10 and 20 mm pitches
  • Profile sealing with friction-resistant lip seals
  • Cast aluminium end plates
  • 2 limit or reference switches,
  • Repeatability /- 0.02 mm
  • Sealed angular contact bearings
  • Various motor drive options


Isel - LES 6Features

  • Anodised aluminium extruded profile housing
    W150 × H75 mm
  • Up to 3m profile length
  • 4 precision steel shafts Ø12 h6,
  • Option for 2 or 4  70mm long with central lubrication
    system and adjustable for no play
  • Recirculating ball screw with optional
    2.5/4/5/10 and 20 mm pitches
  • Profile sealing with friction-resistant lip seals
  • Cast aluminium end plates
  • 2 limit or reference switches,
  • Repeatability /- 0.02 mm
  • Sealed angular contact bearings
  • Various motor drive options


Isel LE5Features

  • Anodised aluminium extruded profile housing
    W225 × H75 mm
  • Up to 3m profile length
  • 4 precision steel shafts Ø12 h6,
  • Option for 2 or 4  70mm long with central lubrication
    system and adjustable for no play
  • Recirculating ball screw with optional
    2.5/4/5/10 and 20 mm pitches
  • Profile sealing with friction-resistant lip seals
  • Cast aluminium end plates
  • 2 limit or reference switches,
  • Repeatability /- 0.02 mm
  • Sealed angular contact bearings
  • Various motor drive options

Isel actuators are available with a range of standard options and accessories including:

  • Stepper and servo motor options and various motor orientation options
  • Carriage plates
  • Various plates for standard gantry configurations
  • Standard cables
  • Profile T slot nuts

In addition to the many options offered with ISEL 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
  • Support frames.
  • Control systems

For more information on ISEL actuators range click here or contact Micromech on 01376 333333 or Email

For more information on the services offered by Micromech click here or contact Micromech on 01376 333333 or Email

Parker AC10 Drives in stock available for FREE next day delivery at Micromech.

Free Delivery on selected Parker AC10 Drives


The AC10 compact variable speed drive from Parker is the perfect solution to general motor control applications requiring speed or torque control.

Simple, reliable and economical with a power range of 0.2 kW to 180 kW for IP20 applications and 0.4 kW to 15 kW for IP66 applications the AC10 is ideal for OEM machine builders looking for a compact, cost-effective drive without compromising on performance.


The AC10 range boasts compact dimensions and features normally associated with higher specification drives….

  • Sensorless vector mode for control of Permanent Magnet (PMAC) and AC induction motors.
  • Output frequency up to 590 Hz, 3 phase 400 V supplies in all 11 frame sizes and a full 150 % overload at 0.5 Hz for 1 minute.
  • Designed to reduce the time and effort required to install, setup and commission via an easy to use integrated keypad.
  • Minimal wiring requirements and two easily accessed terminal rails make AC10 fast and simple to install, having you up and running in no time at all.
  • Auto-tuning sensorless vector mode takes AC10 beyond simple V/Hz control allowing users requiring greater dynamic speed or torque control for their application to benefit from the drives enhanced 0.5 % speed and 5 % torque accuracy.
  • Conformally coated PCBs ensure the AC10 is able to withstand even the most arduous class 3C3 environments providing complete confidence in tough applications.
 Parker AC10

Please visit our AC drive shop to purchase AC10 drives online. Many drives in stock for next day delivery (order before 1pm).

For assistance specifying the optimum AC10 drive for your application or to check delivery of out stock products contact Micromech on 01376 333333 or Email

New from Trinamic: A Range of Closed-Loop, Smart BLDC Motors. Available from Micromech March 2019

The PANdrive™ PD42-x-1670 product family features Trinamic’s first smart motor solution with brushless DC motors. The 42mm flange size BLDC motors have an integrated hall sensor for closed-loop FOC-based operation.

Trinamic PD1670Trinamic announces their first family of smart BLDC motors, designed for 4000rpm nominal velocity and 6.25 …18.5 Ncm rated holding torque. Together with the state-of-the-art feature set and CAN bus interface, the PD42-x-1670 is highly integrated and offers the best handling.

Suitable for lab automation, factory automation, manufacturing, robotics and CNC applications the BLDC PANdrive comes with two firmware options – TMCL™ and CANopen. Parameters can be permanently stored on the board itself and the PANdrive takes care of all time-critical operations such as ramp calculations itself, ensuring low communication traffic.

The full mechatronic solution includes state of the art field oriented motor control and powerful and efficient drivers. A Hall based rotary feedback system makes it reliable and durable. Equipped with industry standard protocols, it is easily integrated in PLC environments or in standalone applications.  The drive is designed to work with a 24V power supply.

The PD42-x-1670 comes in three different lengths, each having 42mm flange size brushless motors.

Features and benefits:

  • PANdrive™ smart BLDC motor
  • Supply Voltage +10 to +28V DC
  • 5.2A RMS
  • 4000rpm
  • CAN bus interface
  • TMCL or CANopen protocol
  • Integrated encoder (Hall sensor)
  • FOC based + SVPWM

For more information on the PD42-x-1670 or any other Trinamic products contact Micromech on 01376 333333 or

Why Choose a Frameless Motor for Your Machine?

Posted on 29th November 2018, on Kollmorgen’s Blog in Motion

Kollmorgen BlogFrameless, or “servo motor kits”, open up numerous possibilities in designing motion elements for your machine related to performance.  A frameless motor consists of rotor and stator components which are built into a machine assembly to transmit torque to a load.  Many applications which take advantage of a frameless motor are direct driven, which eliminates bandwidth robbing compliance.  Effectively, this means you have eliminated torsional losses and any wind-up or spring losses.  Eliminating mechanical compliance can increase bandwidth capabilities by factor of 5, 10 or even 20 times.  Increased bandwidth allows your machine to respond faster, improving productivity.  Quicker move and settle means more indexes, which translates into more “widgets” per minute – increasing productivity.

Frameless motors can also be designed to provide excellent torque density.  This allows for a compact footprint, reducing both space and weight.  In applications where space and weight are of paramount importance, frameless motors are a great solution. In addition, since there is less weight, there are potential energy savings as well.  Common applications that use frameless motors include robots and robotic joints, weapon stations, sensor gimbals, sight systems, UAV propulsion and guidance, factory automation equipment and many more.

As I mentioned above, most applications considered for an embedded motor design are direct drive – meaning the motor is connected directly to the load, eliminating couplings, belts and pulleys, gearing, and other mechanical components.  This inherently will significantly reduce necessary maintenance and improves uptime.

Kollmorgen Frameless BlogPerformance factors are not the only reason why frameless motors can be an ideal choice in an application.  Choosing a frameless design does not mean you have to change the dynamics of how you build your machine. The rotor and stator components of the frameless motor don’t require any special tolerancing for your mechanism – you can follow your normal design flow and utilize these components as you would any other similar element.  Total Indicator Runout (TIR) of the rotating shaft is typically more forgiving with regards to the rotor than what is typically required of the shaft itself.  The stator portion is stationary and fixed in a housing.  There are several methods to assemble both components in place, and it doesn’t involve shrink fitting, which can be a hassle.  Most applications can utilize adhesive bonding to secure the elements in place. Advances in adhesives makes this much easier to accomplish.  Clamping is an alternate method to secure the components as well.

A frameless motor consists of rotor and stator components that are integrated directly into the machine.  There are many benefits to using a frameless motor including eliminating components, reducing torsional losses, decreasing weight/footprint and increasing machine response time.  Frameless motors are much easier to incorporate into your design then you may have realized.  Ready to go frameless and need some help? Stop by our Frameless Technology page or Contact us here.
About the Author
Melanie Cavalieri is the Director of Product Marketing for Motors at Kollmorgen located in Radford, VA. She is a 2008 Mechanical Engineering graduate of Purdue University and has spent time in the printing, medical, sensing and motion control industries. Melanie has focused on market research, marketing strategy and product development since 2012.

For perfect current control for high speed stepper motors, take a look at the new Trinamic TMC 2160 IC

The TMC2160 is a high-power stepper motor driver IC with SPI interface. It features industries’ most advanced stepper motor driver with simple Step / Direction interface.

Using external transistors, highly dynamic, high torque drives can be realized. Based on TRINAMICs sophisticated SpreadCycle and StealthChop choppers, the driver ensures absolutely noiseless operation combined with maximum efficiency and best motor torque. High integration, high energy efficiency and a small form factor enable miniaturized and scalable systems for cost effective solutions.

The fully compatible TMC5160 offers an additional motion controller to make stepper motor control even easier.
TMC-2160Features and Benefits:

  • 2-phase stepper motors up to 20A coil current (external MOSFETs)
  • Step/Dir Interface with microstep interpolation microPlyer™
  • Voltage Range 8 … 60V DC
  • SPI Interface
  • Highest Resolution 256 microsteps per full step
  • stealthChop2™ for quiet operation and smooth motion
  • Resonance Dampening for mid-range resonances
  • spreadCycle™ highly dynamic motor control chopper
  • dcStep™ load dependent speed control
  • stallGuard2™ high precision sensorless motor load detection
  • coolStep™ current control for energy savings up to 75%
  • Passive Braking and freewheeling mode
  • Full Protection & Diagnostics
  • Compact Size 9x9mm2
  • TQFP48 package

Application examples:
High voltage multi purpose use…..
The TMC2160 scores with advanced motor commutation algorithms, combined with powerful external MOSFET driver stages, and high-quality current regulation. It offers a versatility that covers a wide spectrum of applications from battery powered, high efficiency systems up to embedded applications with 20A motor current per coil. Based on TRINAMICs unique features stallGuard2, coolStep, dcStep, spreadCycle, and stealthChop, the TMC2160 optimizes drive performance. It trades off velocity vs. motor torque, optimizes energy efficiency, smoothness of the drive, and noiselessness. The small form factor of the TMC2160 keeps costs down and allows for miniaturized layouts. Extensive support at the chip, board, and software levels enables rapid design cycles and fast time-to-market with competitive products. High energy efficiency and reliability deliver cost savings in related systems such as power supplies and cooling. For smaller designs, the compatible, integrated TMC2130 driver provides 1.4A of motor current.

For more information on the TMC2160 or any other Trinamic products contact Micromech on 01376 333333 or