Stepper Motor Controllers & Indexers

Stepper Motor Controllers are current amplifiers that turn a low-current control signal into a higher-current signal to drive stepper motors. They run using a type of open-loop system that takes digital step and direction inputs by a programmable pulse generator known as an indexer. In other words, Indexers take a signal from a computer or any other control device and turn them into pulses. Drivers or Stepper Motor Controls take these pulses and transfer them into a current (motion, steps, torque, speed) so the stepper motor can move accordingly. A user is able to operate and control steps using an interface.



Types of stepper drivers



There are many types of stepper drivers, including PWM/chopper drivers, L/R drivers and recirculating chopper drivers. The two most common are bipolar and unipolar drivers.
Bipolar drives have a single winding with two leads per phase. The winding has a current that needs to be reversed so that magnetic poles can also be reversed in the correct order.
Unipolar drivers have one winding with a centre tap per phase. This means that the magnetic pole can be reversed without switching the direction of a current, so a single transistor can be used per each individual winding.


What are stepper drivers used for?



Stepper drivers typical applications are current amplifiers in stepper motors. However, they can also be used for any device that operates at more than 50–100 mA.


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Description Price For Motor Type Current Rating Voltage Rating Board Supply Voltage Motor Supply Voltage Overall Length Overall Width Overall Depth
RS Stock No. 443-0102
Mfr. Part No.53107
TWD1,150
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Unipolar 350 mA - 10 → 24V dc - 55mm 40mm -
RS Stock No. 829-3553
Mfr. Part No.BS1D200P10
TWD4,861
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Bipolar 2 A 36 V dc - - - - -
RS Stock No. 877-7216
Mfr. Part No.STR-2M
TWD7,034
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Bipolar 0.3 → 2.2 A 12 → 48 V dc - - 92.6mm 56mm 20.8mm
RS Stock No. 240-7920
Mfr. Part No.GSM 2
TWD2,129
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Unipolar 2 A - - 9 → 40V dc 61mm 46mm 15mm
RS Stock No. 455-841
Mfr. Part No.ST5-S
TWD15,261
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Bipolar 5 A - 24 → 48V dc - 3.65in 3in 1.25in
RS Stock No. 793-4121
Mfr. Part No.G203V
BrandGeckodrive
TWD7,334
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Stepper Motor 7 A 80 V dc 18 → 80V dc - 2.5in 0.83in 2.58in
RS Stock No. 905-8786
BrandRS Pro
TWD3,177
Each
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Bipolar 2.2 A 48 V 24 → 48V - 78mm 68mm 21mm
RS Stock No. 829-3556
Mfr. Part No.US1D200P10
TWD4,898
Each
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Unipolar 3 A 36 V dc - - - - -
RS Stock No. 455-863
Mfr. Part No.ST10-SI
TWD28,571
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Bipolar 10 A - 24 → 80V dc - 5in 3in 1.75in
RS Stock No. 905-8780
BrandRS Pro
TWD5,298
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Bipolar 4.4 A 48 V 24 → 48V - 92mm 85mm 23mm
RS Stock No. 896-8557
Mfr. Part No.G250 Heatsink + Screws
BrandGeckodrive
TWD243
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- - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 877-7225
Mfr. Part No.ST5-Q-NN
TWD24,398
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Bipolar 0.1 → 5 A 24 → 48 V dc - - 127mm 76.2mm 44.5mm
RS Stock No. 441-0287
Mfr. Part No.PM546
TWD20,043
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Bipolar 6 A - 24 → 85V dc - 228mm 100mm 34mm
RS Stock No. 896-8566
Mfr. Part No.G540
BrandGeckodrive
TWD19,500
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Stepper Motor 3.5 A 50 V dc 18 → 50V dc 50V dc 161.8mm 60.2mm 31.75mm
RS Stock No. 455-851
Mfr. Part No.ST10-S
TWD19,726
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Bipolar 10 A - 24 → 80V dc - 3.65in 3in 1.25in
RS Stock No. 124-0937
Mfr. Part No.MSE570M
TWD14,045
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Bipolar, Stepper Motor 4 A 15 → 42 V dc, 48 V dc 5 → 12V 15 → 42V dc 160mm 100mm 36mm
RS Stock No. 793-4130
Mfr. Part No.G901X
BrandGeckodrive
TWD1,200
Each
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Stepper Motor - - - - 0.835in 0.850in -
RS Stock No. 921-1353
Mfr. Part No.MCST 3601
BrandFaulhaber
TWD21,109
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Stepper Motor 100 mA 24 V dc 9 → 36V dc - 68mm 47.5mm 13mm
RS Stock No. 793-4133
Mfr. Part No.GM215
BrandGeckodrive
TWD10,080
Each
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NEMA 17 to 42 Size 7 A - 18 → 80V dc 18 → 80V dc 2.5in 2.5in 0.85in
RS Stock No. 126-0339
Mfr. Part No.G320X
BrandGeckodrive
TWD5,762
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Stepper Motor 20 A 18 to 80 V dc 5V dc - 63.5mm 63.5mm 21mm