Trinamic Offers Two Scalable Driver Solutions for High-Power Stepper Motors

By Tiera Oliver

Associate Editor

Embedded Computing Design

March 12, 2020


Trinamic Offers Two Scalable Driver Solutions for High-Power Stepper Motors

The TMCM-1278 and PD60/86-1278 PANdrive offer solutions for driving and controlling high-power stepper motors.

Trinamic Motion Control announced two new drivers for high-power stepper motors. The TMCM-1278 combines a motion controller and driver in a single module designed for NEMA 23/24 motors. The PD60/86-1278 PANdrive is a full mechatronic solution that mounts the module on a NEMA 24/34 PANdrive motor. Controlled by a CAN bus interface, both products support Trinamic's own TMCL firmware and CANopen.

Encased in a special housing, the products are ideal for lab automation, manufacturing and factory automation, robotics, and CNC machines that require high-power stepper motors providing up to 9A RMS with a supply voltage of 12 to 48V DC. The PANdrive versions (PD86-3-1278) offer up to 7.0Nm torque.

Each product features StealthChop for silent operation at low speeds and standstill and uses SpreadCycle for operation at higher speeds. Together with the integrated SixPoint ramp generator and microstepping, the TMCM-1278 and PD60/86-1278 PANdrive offers motor and motion control to stepper motors.

Engineers can choose to use CANopen, the industry standard protocol, or opt for the TMCL version for standalone operation using the TMCL mini-PLC, which is programmable withTMCL-IDE. For additional monitoring of the drive, the I/Os can be used as general-purpose inputs or ABN encoder inputs.

The TMCM-1278 standalone module and the PD60-4H-1278 and PD86-3-1278 PANdrive smart motor solutions are available now from Trinamic's distribution channels.

Features and benefits:
• Supply Voltage: 12 to 48V DC
• Current per motor phase: 9A RMS
• CAN bus interface with TMCL or CANopen protocol
• Integrated SixPoint ramp generator
• Trinamic's unique feature set including StealthChop, SpreadCycle, Coolstep, and StallGuard

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Tiera Oliver, Associate Editor for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content edits, product news, and constructing stories. She also assists with newsletter updates as well as contributing and editing content for ECD podcasts and the ECD YouTube channel. Before working at ECD, Tiera graduated from Northern Arizona University where she received her B.S. in journalism and political science and worked as a news reporter for the university’s student led newspaper, The Lumberjack.

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