Stepper motor controller phyMOTION™: modular, compact, and freely programmable
You are looking for a versatile, high performance controller for stepper motor applications? Optimise every axis individually using our modular, freely programmable motion controller.
phyMOTION™ - empowering your application.
phyMOTION™ integrates the functionality of a PLC (I/O, fieldbus) with the drive performance of a CNC (linear / circular interpolation) for stepper motor applications. Combine high-end axes with convenient standard modules and expand every axis individually with feedback or temperature evaluation. The high performance controller scores with high reliability, instant reaction and ultimate precision.
empowering your application
phytron's phyMOTION™ is a modular, freely programmable motion controller for stepper motor applications - from CPU to power stage. With the driving performance of a CNC (linear / circular interpolation), the versatility of a PLC (I/O, modularity, fieldbus interfaces like ethernet, Profibus, Profinet, CAN,...) and phytron's high precision power stage technology for stepper motors, the phyMOTION™ is the ideal controller for stepper motor driven multi-axis platforms in machine building, special engineering and plant automation.
Make or buy?
Standards + Individual module = perfect fit
Make or Buy? An in-house development is hardly ever cost-effective - most of the functionality required is already available on the market. Why not integrate only the missing functions into an existing system with standardised components? Usually, modular controllers are designed not to include customised technology. Stepping beyond these restrictions, phytron will modify the modules to a customer's needs or collaborate to develop new components in order to minimise the time and overheads for a fully market-ready product. The phyMOTION™ fills the gap between off-the-shelf compact controllers and modular PLCs that have limited functionality, such as no interpolation, non-optimised stepper motor algorithms, limited customisation and a small range of catalogue products to choose from.
automation with stepper motor technology
Stepper motor technology is the ideal approach to realise high precision positioning applications (e.g. 102,400 positions per revolution (0.0035°) with a 200 step motor). Sorting, handling, pick & place, the adjustment of optical mechanisms or positioning of samples in electron microscopes. With up to 350 rps and a torque range from 0.001 up to 30Nm, stepper motors cover a wide range of applications. With micro stepping mode provided by capable power stages, even the most demanding applications in optics and science can be driven with smooth running and positioning accuracy with highest positioning accuracy and minimal positioning error of (~0.0015°). Compared to pneumatic actuators, stepper motors score with low maintenance costs and high reliability.
Stepper motors are less expensive than comparable servo motors and have the ability to find and hold positions even without highly sensitive feedback electronics. That is why the easy to control stepper motor technology can be used within extreme environments (in boiling oil, liquid nitrogen, or ultra high vacuum).
For optimal positioning accuracy and driving performance it is highly recommended to use efficient high resolution power stages. Using up to date technology can reduce heat losses significantly and will improve the motor's performance.
Equip every axis individually: - phyMOTION™ growing with your requirements
Whatever a stepper motor application requires, besides integrating power stages up to 300 W / axis (5 A, 70 V), the phyMOTION™ comes with the option to connect more powerful external amplifiers. If it's the housing (bench, rack, rail mounted), a touch screen display, limit and position switches, Endat, SSI or quadrature encoder evaluation, motor temperature readout (K type or PT100 platinum sensor), I/O (analogue, digital) or host interfaces (Ethernet, RS485, RS232, Profinet, Profibus, CAN) - in addition to these standard components phytron offers the option to integrate customised modules into the system.
open and flexible - for your ideas
Especially when an application is in development, the flexibility of the controller's capabilities and meeting constantly changing parameters are vitally important to the project's success. With the phyMOTION™ controller concept, phytron has an open licence policy: the use of our hardware and our communication protocols is free of any licensing costs and even the development environment can be downloaded for free. The compact phyLOGIC™ commands (based on and compatible with Minilog) can easily be addressed from within your own application via higher language commands (C), and can be used with the free phyLOGIC™ Toolbox software. Furthermore, there is no extra cost for software to interface with LabView®.
embedding the phyMOTION™ into your application
For many automation projects the fast reaction of limit and intermediate switches, the positioning accuracy and synchronisation of axes are vital features. The phyMOTION™ operates close to the application with CNC-like performance and reacts faster to switch states than customary cycle-based PLCs. The phyMOTION™ is well-equipped for versatile requirements. The programmable motion controller is capable of most diverse division of tasks between phyMOTION™ and the surrounding infrastructure. Whether as a subordinate to a PLC, a decentralised, supporting intelligence, a coordinating stand-alone solution or directly connected to a PC, the phyMOTION™ is capable of comprehensively supplementing a PLC for nearly every stepper motor application. phyMOTION™ - empowering your application.