Synchronous motors for your 24/7 operations

As leading providers of automated drive and control solutions, we only use the best products, sourced from the world’s leading manufacturers.

This means finding the products and suppliers which offer the highest quality, most energy efficient, reliable and cost-effective solutions for our customers.

For these reasons, we have been UK and Ireland suppliers and distributors of WEG low energy consumption motors for the past nine years, which enables us to provide our customers with the best WEG products.

This includes accessing the latest products and technologies developed by the German-based company.

This year, the WEG Group developed a new range of synchronous motors as part of a complete drive solution for demanding industrial uses and round-the-clock operations.

The new four-terminal permanent magnet range of motors have an output of 0.12 to 3kW, with speed feedback as standard, offer superior energy efficiency and can be tailored specially to the needs of individual customers.

High levels of energy efficiency are becoming increasingly crucial to any applications where there is a large demand on electric motors due to high speeds, large loads and the need for operations to be continuous.

The new WEG synchronous motor range can be used as both open loop and closed loop and exceeds efficiency class IE4 in all operating modes. Not only that, but energy efficiency levels of above 90% are recorded across a range of speeds.

Why choose synchronous motors

Synchronous motors are used increasingly in a variety of applications due to their special operating characteristics and the superior value they offer in terms of quality, proven reliability, low maintenance and long life in critical services.

They offer a number of benefits which makes them the preferred drive for a range of applications, including high efficiency, power factor correction, high torques and low starting currents, constant speed under varying loads and low operating and maintenance costs.

The new range exceeds required standards for small drives and benefits from superior speed accuracy and high dynamics due to a high overload capacity and low individual mass moment of inertia.

These special characteristics mean synchronous motors are often the best solution where operations have to be 24/7, such as pumps, compressors, chippers, shredders, fans and condensers. They are also highly adaptable to different and often harsh environments, such as mining, iron and steel, chemicals, energy transmission, cement, sanitation and paper.

Individual solutions for synchronous motors

Another advantage of the WEG synchronous motor range is that it uses a modular system which means it can easily be customised to individual customer requirements, including different add-ons and types of housing.

The synchronous range can be combined directly with the WG20 gear units manufactured by the WEG group, without the need for motor adapters, and using the CFW11 variable speed drives as the control units.

The AllDrives and Controls LTD team of specialist advisors are on hand to help if you would like to find out more about a long-lasting, single-source drive solution.

WEG motors and their uses

Many of the UK’s processing machines are driven by WEG motors, favoured for their state-of-the-art functionality, extended service life and high levels of energy efficiency.

At AllDrives and Controls Ltd, we’re proud to have had a close association with WEG as the UK based supplier of WEG low voltage motors since we first started out nine years ago.

WEG is a key market player in the full power range of 40w to 1100w motors, which can be applied to a whole spectrum of industries and uses, as part of a bespoke solution.

The bottom line is ensuring your motor offers full efficiency and reliability, often in the face of challenging environments.

A bit more on WEG electric motors

For newcomers to the industry, the electric motor is a machine capable of converting electrical energy into mechanical energy.

Generally, electric motors are either direct current motors, or alternating current motors. DC motors are typically more expensive as they require a direct current source or a converter, but are capable of operating with adjustable speeds over a wide range and are therefore a good choice when accurate and flexible speed control is required.

AC motors are generally more common because electrical power is usually supplied as an alternating current.

The most widely used type of AC motor is the induction motor which combines all the advantages of electrical energy – such as low cost, ease of supply and distribution, clean handling and simple controls – with simple construction, versatility and adaptability. It is robust, practical and suitable for almost all machines.

What are WEG motors used for?

At AllDrives and Controls Ltd, we source and supply WEG motors for a wide variety of industries; our core markets include industrial automation, plant and machine construction, medical technology, logistics and high-tech industries, but there’s really no limit to their use.

Some of the main applications of WEG motors include fractional horse power motors, printing, food industries, packaging, conveyors, handling applications and medical.

Whatever your industry, our goal is to find a technically-sound, cost-effective solution that meets your requirements, whether you need a single motor or a full drive/control system. Please get in touch with AllDrives and Controls LTD if you would like more information.

AllDrive and Controls – your local WEG UK supplier

As leaders in the provision of automated drive and control solutions, we only use the best products, sourced from the world’s leading manufacturers.

Our bespoke suppliers are carefully selected to ensure that our customers benefit from the highest quality, most efficient and most reliable products and systems.

One of those is the WEG motor. We have an excellent partnership with Germany-based WEG, as UK and Ireland suppliers and distributors of WEG low energy consumption motors.

This partnership began back when AllDrives and Controls first started in 2009 and continues to thrive today. As local suppliers of WEG motors, we can provide our customers with the best motors, tailored to their specific requirements.

During the last nine years we have sourced and supplied WEG motors for a diverse range of industries. Our core markets include industrial automation, plant and machine construction, medical technology, logistics and high-tech industries, but there’s really no limit to their use.

Other applications include in industries such as oil & gas, water, electric vehicles, power supply, steel, mining, harvesting and many more.

WEG low voltage motors

Many of the UK’s processing machines are driven by WEG motors, mainly because they have a long-standing reputation in the industry. WEG started as a small factory of electric motors and has now become a leading global supplier of electronic products across a variety of sectors.

Over the years the company has continuously evolved and is known for its commitment to green products and technology, combined with a passion for efficiency, flexibility and innovation. All motors are made to the highest energy efficiency standards to ensure they perform well, while using resources responsibly. Even after five decades of growth and diversification, electric motors remain one of WEG’s main products.

Why we choose WEG motors

WEG are a key market player in the power range of 40w to 1100w motors and develop and manufacture their own motors, gear units and components in Germany. Because the company handles so many stages of the production chain, WEG can fulfil requests, even at short notice, for minimum downtime and production losses.

The motor is the core part of any drive solution and once our drives are installed, we’re pleased to say we generally never see them again, and this is down to careful selection of the best products and providers through effective partnerships.

WEG motors can be used in a variety of installations, which you can read more about in our related article on WEG motors and their uses.

For more information on AllDrives and Controls as your UK-based supplier of WEG motors, get in touch now.

Supporting the first ever UK team to take part in Wind Powered Vehicle race

At AllDrives and Controls, we are hugely focused on minimising our carbon footprint and impact on the environment.

Meeting that ‘green challenge’ means using only the highest efficiency motors and systems – for example, we are UK suppliers of WEG UK low energy consumption motors.

But as well as providing the most efficient automated drive and control systems for today, we are also dedicated to finding new and sustainable solutions for tomorrow.

To that end, we have recently sponsored a team of UK university students to take part in one of the four largest sustainability races in the world by building and racing a Wind Powered Vehicle (WPV).

The team of fourth year Master of Engineering students from the University of Sussex have just paticipated in the Racing Aeolus 2018 competition, which attracts teams from across the world. Not only that, the group, known as ‘Sussex Power Storm’ was the first British mechanical team to compete in, and subsequently complete, the race, finishing in a respectful fifth place out of seven teams.

They were up against teams from Germany, Turkey, Canada, Denmark and The Netherlands.

The aim of the event is to achieve the highest possible speed when travelling into the wind. It took place across three days of racing at Dyke Den Helder in Holland on a 5.3km seawall track on the boundary between land and sea, which runs from Huisduinen to Den Helder – Holland’s last stop before the North Sea.

Participants in the annual event have to ride their unique, custom designed, built and tested WPVs straight against the wind on the seawall.

Sussex Power Storm spent several months working on their design, with funding and support from sponsors including AllDrives and Controls, and the team were delighted with their fifth place result.

The team exceeded expectations in their first time of competing, managing to travel at 64.95% of the wind speed, into the wind.

Developing sustainable technologies

There are four large sustainable race events that take place worldwide and the Racing Aeolus is one of them. This year was the 11th time that Dutch and international teams have taken up the challenge of generating power from the wind to race their hyper modern mechanical and electrical wind cars.

The challenge is to build the fastest vehicle, while using the most modern materials and the latest wind technology. Designs vary, including horizontal axis, vertical axis and turbines utilising the Venturi effect. The high quality of technology used means the event has proven a valuable tool in the development of wind technology. This is why we were delighted to have been able to offer our support to the young and inspiring Sussex Power Storm team and their contribution towards the development of future sustainable solutions.

AllDrives and Controls, your local WEG UK supplier

As leaders in the provision of automated drive and control solutions, we only use the best products, sourced from the world’s leading manufacturers.

Our bespoke suppliers are carefully selected to ensure that our customers benefit from the highest quality, most efficient and most reliable products and systems.

One of those is the WEG motor. We have an excellent partnership with Germany-based WEG, as UK and Ireland suppliers and distributors of WEG low energy consumption motors.

WEG is also known for its commitment to green products and technology, combined with a passion for efficiency, flexibility and innovation. All motors are made to the highest energy efficiency standards to ensure they perform well, while using resources responsibly.

For more information on AllDrives and Controls as your UK-based supplier of WEG motors, get in touch now.

Compact brushless DC servo motor with integrated controller

For use in harsh environmental conditions, Nanotec developed the PD2-C-IP, a brushless DC servo motor with integrated controller and 42 mm flange size in protection class IP65.

The PD2-C-IP is available as a brushless DC motor, with an operating voltage of 12-48 V and a rated power of 105 W, and as a stepper motor with a nominal torque of up to 0.5 Nm. Due to the field-oriented control based on an integrated encoder, both motors are controlled in the same way and differ only in their working point.

Each motor is available in a USB and in a CANopen version. In the USB version, the motor can be parameterized and programmed for standalone operation. The USB port is covered by a waterproof cap, and the motor operates on the basis of the digital and analog input signals in combination with the stored program. In the CANopen version, the motor can be controlled via the CiA 402 fieldbus profile.

For pin-out the motor is equipped with M8 connectors (except USB).

Due to the minimal installation effort and low space and component requirements, the PD2-C-IP from Nanotec offers an extremely effective and economical drive solution when high precision and maximum benefit are required.

About AllDrives & Controls

Alldrives & Controls now represents nine major companies, all specialised suppliers, in the UK, and have strong relationships with numbers other suppliers working with synergy in the Automation, drives and controls field, energy efficient and environmentally challenging areas.

The core markets these motors serve a purpose for are in automation systems, automatic laboratory equipment and medical devices, where they really make a difference to the level of service offered by the companies and people they serve.

What to look for in a Distributor for WEG Antriebe Motors (Germany)

Certain high-tech industries call for precision and high-quality materials and products to ensure their production line is running effectively and efficiently. WEG Antriebe is a key player in producing 40 W to 1100 W motors for many high-tech industries, such as:

  • Plant/machine construction
  • Medical technology
  • Logistics
  • Industrial automation

WEG is a trusted name, a company that had humble beginnings. Originally founded for their production of starter motors for sewing machines, WEG slowly evolved into group drives and transmission belts until they specialised in drives with a 40 W to 1100 W power range.

However, due to the high-tech industries that rely on these motors, they need to ensure that they’re purchasing any replacement or first-time motors from a trusted distributor. How can you find a trusted distributor, though?

Look For a Company that Specialises in Your Field

Technical equipment should be greatly thought over before making a purchase. This is because, unlike buying a computer, technical equipment such as WEG Antriebe motors is the core of many drive solutions. For instance, by installing the incorrect drive in your car assembly line or robotics, this can cause havoc to your operating equipment and reduce productivity and efficiencies in the workplace.

If you do not have the knowledge yourself, then speaking to a company beforehand could save you a costly expense if anything were to go wrong. Plus, by working with companies like Alldrives & Controls, you’ll be networking with other companies until a solution is found; Alldrives & Controls welcome all challenges and have no qualms when reviewing your needs and requirements.

Working with professionals who have specialised in this field can help you find the right solution that is also cost-effective and right for your budget. Doing so can diminish any stress you may be feeling with regards to meeting a certain quota and not going over-budget.

Variety of Products & Authenticity

Look for a distributor who has a range of products so that you can see all that they have to offer. Although WEG produces motors between 40 W to 1100 W, there is only one UK distributor that deals with WEG Antriebe Germany and that is Alldrives & Controls.

What’s more, by purchasing products from a trusted distributor, the product you receive will be nothing less than authentic.

Ease of Contact

Alldrives & Controls allow you to network with companies within the drive and motion industry, so no matter what issue you’re having and what solution is needed, ( be it WEG Antriebe motors or linear actuators, etc) there is an unlimited pool of knowledge for you and your company to take advantage of. No challenge is too big or small, so if you need help with WEG Antriebe, Engel, Dayton or Nanotec, you can contact us over the phone or send us an email.

Small DC Geared Motor in the Spotlight; for the Royal Opera House

There’s a saying; ‘it’s the small pieces that make the big picture.’

We certainly saw just how true this quote was when we were contacted recently by a major performing arts venue in London. Although they only required a small component, it’s amazing to see how these smaller details help to make a big impact, especially when it comes to creating memorable performances.

Our customer, the Royal Opera House, holds an immaculate reputation for delivering some of the world’s most magnificent and emotive opera’s, ballets and theatre shows; working hard to ensure every cue and each technical aspect of the production is carried out with military precision.

Of course, lighting control is an important part of each performance, although often underappreciated, good lighting in theatre is relied upon not only for visibility, but to convey the proper atmosphere and bring life to each production.

At the time of contacting us, the Royal Opera House needed to resurrect the use of a traditional lighting accessory for use in future performances; a Pani Grey Scale Shutter unit.

Setting the Scene with Precision Control

Nanotec Stepper MotorWithin stage lighting operations, the Pani Grey Scale Shutter is used to control the intensity of HMI lighting which is not dimmable by any other means. Through the use of grey scale glass wedges in the projection path of the light source, these lighting units can be expertly dimmed in high resolution, with one fluid movement. The positioning of the grey scale glass over the stage projector is accomplished using a controlled small DC geared motor. 

However, to ensure that the movement of the wedges and transition from bright to dim is free from vibrations, flickering or any sudden jolts, a precision small DC geared motor is required. This motor will precisely position the shutters using a dynamic microstepping software to achieve the smoothest transition and best proportional resolution; perfect for the high level of professionalism expected from the lighting capabilities of the Royal Opera House.

The key to the effortless movement of this Pani grey scale shutter unit is the high precision small DC geared motor, this provides the best resolution for each driving velocity. So, when a precision small DC geared motor was required by the ROH, we were more than happy to supply them a high efficiency Engel DC Brush motor.

The Show Must Go on with Engel Small DC Geared Motor

 As the UK and Eire distributor for Engel, we knew that the Engel small DC geared motor be the best choice for their lighting application needs.

The Engel small DC geared motor that we supply within the GNM series have already proven their worth as a reliable technology, holding a permanent magnetic field for the highest efficiency. Its bar-wound armature design for dynamic movement, lends itself nicely for use with microstepping software. The versatile configurations for mounting options such as parking brake, incremental encoder, worm, planetary and spur gears provided additional options should the ROH want to make further use of this little, but valuable small DC geared motor.

With the Engel small DC geared motor installed and providing seamless dimming control, this small motor really did play its part in contributing to the overall success of bigger performances.

Although small DC geared motor are often associated with less inspiring industrial engineering applications, it’s always interesting when these little reliable motors get their chance to shine… or dim, as the case may be.

Could your automation application benefit from the use of a reliable Engel DC small DC geared motor.

As the UK and Eire Distributor for Engel, we are happy to help with friendly advice and fast delivery.

Contact All Drives and Controls here, or call 01827 52189.

New Advances for Nanotec® Plug & Drive Product Line

Admirers of Nanotec’s smooth running and precise positioning motor controller range will be pleased to learn of the latest product releases from Nanotec® that work to make automation processes easier and more adaptable.

Launched at the recent SPS IPC Drives Exhibition, Nanotec® announced the following new additions to their leading motor drive solutions:

Nanotec® Plug & Drive Software V0.8.2

New software for the fast setup and programming of Nanotec® motor controllers has now been upgraded and released.  Plug & Drive Studio Version V0.8.2 supports a greater range of fieldbuses including the CAN and Ethernet fieldbus.

Using this software, motor controllers can be accessed from a PC and configured using different operating modes including torque, velocity and position for straightforward control and precision tuning.

The original functions of the Nanotec® Plug & Drive software are still available, including the object directory table, the integrated command line and the NanoJ V2 customer-specific programming, however this new version provides more functionalities for flexibility with oscilloscope readings.

The Nanotec® Plug & Drive software provides the user with an automatically generated oscilloscope configuration that generates the relevant curves for target speed, current and following errors.

Additional features in this new and improved version also include the ability to display several oscilloscope graphs with the ability to distribute different curves to different graphs; allowing graphs to hold common scales or individual scales.

This new updated software for Nanotec® motor controllers can easily be accessed at the Nanotec Website Software section.

Nanotec® New Brushless DC Motor

Designed to supplement the DF45 motors, Nanotec’s new brushless DC motor, the DF32 has been introduced as a great solution for quick and easy installation for applications with confined space.

With its flat, compact form, the DF32 brushless motor consists of:

  • a diameter of 32mm
  • operating voltage of 24V
  • rated power of 7.4W
  • peak torque amounts to 0.076Nm
  • rated speed to 2.760rpm

Like the DF45 motors, the new DF32 brushless motor consists of external rotor motors (8-pin) which have permanent magnets on the rotor bell; this generates the same output as internal rotor motors but with a lower torque ripple due to the rotor’s higher moment of inertia.

With its shorter design, low weight and high power density, these cost-effective DF brushless motors are ideal for use in a wide range of applications and are easily programmed with the Nanotec NanoJ software.

To find out if this new compact but powerful Nanotec® brushless DC motor will suit your automation requirements, you can contact All Drives and Controls for support and quick delivery.

Integration Made Easy with Nanotec® Plug & Drive Product Line

To effortlessly support field-oriented control, Nanotec® holds one of the most comprehensive ranges of brushless DC servo motors with integrated controller and encoder to meet the varying needs of your automation equipment.

With eight stepper motors that include holding torques ranging from 0.5Nm up to 8.8Nm and five brushless DC motors with rated power of between 52W and 534W in sizes from NEMA 17, 23/24 and 34 – you can find the ideal mix of motors.

All Nanotec’s Plug & Drive motors come with a variety of features to make integration simple and logical. The brushless DC motors as well as the stepper motors can be ordered in USB or CANopen versions. The USB version allows the motor to be programmed via the USB, while the CANopen version requires the motor to be controlled via the standardised fieldbus profile CiA 402.

All the Nanotec® Plug & Drive motors come with digital and analogue inputs (as well as digital outputs), with the integrated controllers suitable for a wide range of applications and industries.

Require your Nanotec® Plug & Drive motors with integrated controllers urgently? Contact UK suppliers, All Drives and Controls for rapid delivery.

The Perfect Robotics Team with ROS and CANopen

In addition to their already practical and efficient Plug & Drive motors, Nanotec® have enhanced their range by teaming ROS (the Linux-based Robot Operating System) with CANopen for a simple and quick-to-assemble modular system for service robotic applications.

This new combination of ROS and CANopen helps to deliver high performance. For example, when applied to the wheel drives of a semi-autonomous service robot, the motors and sensor connected to CANopen Master EM5 controlled the motor in real time. ROS then calculated the target positions of the wheels with help of kinematics and a map, sending the calculations to the EM5 via Ethernet. The master could then control the path of the wheels in real time for precision manoeuvrability.

This new real time operation, previously not available without modifications for Linux, opens up an array of opportunities for service robotics; and with the EM5 integrated touchscreen, users will find control and access to diagnostic data extremely advantageous.

With innovative new releases regularly available from Nanotec®, All Drives and Controls are available to provide expert advice on the best drive solutions for your applications – for orders or queries visit our contacts page or call on 01827 52189.


Your Nanotec Stepper Motor Full Service Supplier


It’s not often people come across a supplier that goes above and beyond to deliver value added services that support customer needs from start to finish.

In fact, when it comes to automation controls and drive suppliers, it seems like the majority offer limited assistance; leaving you as the client to spend additional time and costs researching answers, identifying additional support or making purchases that ultimately don’t meet your project requirements.

As a full service supplier, All Drives and Controls’ ethos focuses on creating long term competitiveness with customers, by becoming a partner that delivers services and support before and after your manufacturing or automation ventures… all within an acceptable cost.

One area of expertise that All Drives and Controls prove their commitment to service is with Nanotec Stepper Motors.

As full service suppliers for Nanotec Stepper Motors and distribution partners, All Drives and Controls provide reliable support for the implementation of drive solutions, based on Nanotec high performance stepper motors and innovative controls.

Yet, how do All Drives and Controls demonstrate value added service as full service suppliers for Nanotec stepper motors?

Let’s consider some examples of support that you too can access as valued customers…

Examples of Full Service Supplier Support for Nanotec Stepper Motors

Nanotec Stepper Motor Issue: There is a need to match a stepper motor with an existing machine for product development purposes, however the only thing known about the motor required is the mounting hole pitch – 70mm mounting and 14mm shaft. The matched stepper motor drive card needs to run with PWM from the PLC.

Full Service Supplier Response: The motor required is a NEMA34 with torque range from 3.5Nm to 12Nm. Quotes for each torque version and range data was provided, including necessary parts that are required regardless of motor selection.

A recommendation of the 72V version was offered based on the best version and cost for the drive voltage needed.

Nanotec Stepper Motor Issue: Stepper motor stops rotating around 139Hz with the 24Vdc PSU that’s running. What RPM would be obtained from a 36Vdc?

Full Service Supplier Response: All stepper motors have a start stop limit value, where the stepper motor can start from zero without stalling or stop without losing position; the value ranges from 30 to 150 RPM depending on the motor size and rotor inertia.

Assuming the 139 Hz is from standstill with a 1.8 degree full step resolution, the RPM would equate to 41.

The customer was provided with the speed torque curve for the motor to get around 800-1000 RPM with a usable torque of 1Nm. Advice was provided to build in an acceleration ramp when using the motor from zero speed.

Nanotec Stepper Motor Issue: The datasheet on the Nanotec website doesn’t have a figure for the voltage to be applied when operating in the Serial Bipolar mode. There are some torque curves for the motor family which imply 24V-48V – is this too high?

Full Service Supplier Response: Currents for stepper motor devices are controlled by the driver. In the past, stepper motor voltage is typically 2-3Vdc, which is the minimum phase voltage required.

As stepper motors increase in speed, the generated back-EMF opposes the supply, requiring the supply voltage to be greater than the back-EMF +3V. In a 24V system, the available voltage to drive the current is 21V [Minimum phase voltage minus back-EMF].  Motors are operated with far higher voltages today via modern constant current controlled controllers in order to reach higher torques at higher speeds. Therefore, for serial bipolar, the minimum voltage is 2 x the minimum phase voltage.

Further detailed data for constant voltage operation was also supplied to the customer.

Nanotec Stepper Motor Issue: 1. Are longer versions available for SMC connection cable and encoder connection cables. If not, can they be extended by a metre by soldering new ribbon cable?

  1. Should capacitor wiring be wired as shown in the SMC135 manual between terminals 5 and 6 on connector X5, but to all controllers?
  2. In the SMC135 manual, motor wiring appears to be wired to terminals 1-4 of X3 but doesn’t show the colour coding.
  3. When running cables through 2 energy chains, is a shielded cable necessary and what are the recommendations?

Full Service Supplier Response: 1. Versions longer than 500mm are not available as these normally go to a local junction box, then a controller. However, it is ok to extend SMC connection cables a maximum of 4 metres for the none line driver version.

  1. Capacitor wiring only needs to be fit at the output of the PSU.
  2. Black wire is A to pin 1. Green is A to pin 2. Red is B to pin 3. Blue is B to pin 4.
  3. As the motor wires have switching power, shielding is required for EMC radiation protection for other electronic parts. The motor is not affected by EMC.

Nanotec Stepper Motor Issue: Regarding sourcing a driver for a stepper motor; will the system work without an encoder, and can the step type be set by serial communication port?

Full Service Supplier Response: The system will work without an encoder. Stepper motors are an open loop system and encoders allow closed loop control.

Regarding the step type, operating in the clock direction mode enables the PLC to have full command. Additionally, real time can be used with C++ programming from Windows or Mac based supervisory systems. Nano J software can be downloaded free from Nanotec.

Nanotec Stepper Motor Issue: Is a suppression capacitor needed when running a system from a battery?

Full Service Supplier Response: Following direct communication from Nanotec Technical, the client was advised from All Drives and Controls to fit a capacitor even if using the system with a battery.

When reading through the list of queries and solutions for Nanotec stepper motor support, you may have noticed the extra assistance, advice and in-depth understanding of automation requirements provided by All Drives and Controls.

The sound solutions and advice provided by the engineers of All Drives and Controls are just a small part of the full service supplier support offered for Nanotec stepper motors.

By choosing All Drives and Controls for your Nanotec stepper motor supplies and advice, you can be sure that you are able to finalise a development that is completely ready for serial production, quickly and affordably.

Do you have a question regarding Nanotec stepper motors? As full service suppliers ready to go above and beyond, All Drives and Controls hold the answers.

To speak with our expert team, complete the contact form or call 01827 52189.


Reduce Cost and Wear with NEW Nanotec Plastic Planetary Gears

With the advancements in resins, polymers and manufacturing capabilities, plastic gear production is taking the automation industry by storm.

Innovative drive solution company, Nanotec Electronic GmbH & Co. KG, has recently introduced a new effective means of reducing cost, weight, noise and wear that all automation system integrators and mechanical engineers are eager to implement; Nanotec® New Plastic Planetary Gears.

Introducing Nanotec® Plastic Planetary Gears

Ideally suited for a range of automation applications from mobile service robotics to heavier duty applications, Nanotec® Plastic Planetary Gears are now delivering far more efficient transmissions due to their considerably lighter and quieter units compared to metal planetary gears.

Always eager to develop and manufacture the latest solutions for automation assembly and systems, Nanotec® has continually made sure that their gear range delivers excellent output torques, with planetary gears offering the highest torque at a comparable volume and the highest efficiency with a concentric shaft outlet.

Now the plastic planetary gears available to purchase through All Drives and Controls can provide even more benefits for BLDC and stepper motors.

Instant Benefits with Plastic Planetary Gears

With the precision designs required for drive and automation systems, efficiency is key. Design engineers that are utilising plastic planetary gears have seen instant benefits over traditional metal planetary gears with the elimination of metal powder production and smooth motion that minimises wear, improving durability and cutting total costs significantly.

The benefits of introducing Nanotec® Plastic Planetary Gears can’t be underestimated, and with a range of options to suit your application needs, engineers can be confident of increased advantages and much wider design opportunities;

Nanotec® GPLK Gears: With a size of just 42mm, the new GPLK plastic planetary gears make up a compact unit when in combination with Nanotec® BLDC motor DF45, weighing just 300g. This makes the plastic gear a great option for mobile applications with its nominal torque of 5 Nm and super light and compact size. Just think what you could achieve using this lighter GPLK plastic planetary gear compared to the heavier, restrictive metal option.

Nanotec® GPLEP Gears: Suitable for motor sizes of between 42mm and 86mm, these plastic planetary precision gears are equipped with reinforced output bearings that allows them to withstand high radial and axial loads, perfect for small driverless transport systems. This specific precision gear type ensures a straightforward, simple construction without separate drive wheel bearings.

Nanotec® GPLEF Gears: As a plastic flange gear, the Nanotec® GPLEF is a cost effective alternative to cycloidal or shaft gears. Suited to motor sizes between 56 and 86mm, the noise reduction and suppressed vibration aren’t the only benefit, as this lightweight plastic flange gear delivers an efficiency rating of 97%. Produced to comply with EN ISO 9409 to retain precision orientation of end effectors, the GPLEF flange gear can meet your requirements for swivel arms and rotary tables.

Exploit Nanotec® Plastic Planetary Gears for your Automation Design Project

If the use of plastic planetary gears is the solution you’ve been looking for better design flexibility, reduced noise, weight and higher efficiency then the advanced facilities and stronger polymers used by Nanotec® can provide you with the best options.

For support on the best plastic planetary gear for your application and appliance design, contact your Nanotec® trained suppliers at All Drives and Controls.

Is High Efficiency green energy a reality for small wind turbines?

With the world focus on renewable energy sources, going green is a political statement that can gain a company some kudos, but are they really “green” in the renewable sense of the word?

Wind Turbine Technology

For the wind industry, the challenge is to design wind turbines to harness the wind energy and generate electricity efficiently.

Wind turbines have increased in size from 25 kW to 2500 kW and greater, with the cost of the energy generated reduced by a factor >5 as the industry moved from the “green” fringe activity, to an acknowledged power generation industry.

The engineering base has developed to match machine size and volume, but many technical challenges remain to meet the energy goals outlined in various government directives.

Evolution of Wind Turbine Technology

The concept of a wind driven rotor is ancient, and electric motors for generation of electricity have been widely used in domestic and commercial areas. A wind turbine may look simple, but to produce an efficient, green, wind turbine that meets frequency, voltage, harmonic content, specifications for electricity generation operating unattended, maximise the available cut in wind speeds, which on exploitable sites, may range from <3 m/s to >11 m/s with turbulence and have effective gust management to survive gusts up to 70 m/s to compete economically with other energy sources, is a challenge.

A draft of the European Union’s plans for wind and solar energy has recently been leaked (Reuters), revealing EU intentions to quickly build wind turbines and solar terminals throughout member states.

Italy is to increase its on-shore wind farm capacity by 230 percent, Ireland by 130 percent, Spain by 74 percent, and Germany by 30 percent.

Design Drivers for Modern Technology

The main design drivers for current large capacity wind technology are:

Low and high wind sites; Grid compatibility; Acoustic performance; Aerodynamic performance; Visual impact; Low mass nacelle arrangements; Rotor technology with advanced composite engineering, design for offshore. erection and maintenance.

The return of development interest to new production lines for the size ranges most relevant to the land-based market, from 800 kW up to about 3 MW.  Of the other main drivers, larger rotor diameters (in relation to rated output power) have been introduced in order to enhance exploitation of low wind speed sites.

But is this design drive suitable for the lower generation capacity markets?

Small wind turbines.

Small wind turbines (SWTs) are used in two main areas:

‘Autonomous’ electrical systems not connected to any larger electrical system.

‘Distributed generation’, systems with small generators connected to a larger public distribution network.

The technology of small wind turbines is different from that used in large wind turbines, and affects all of the subsystems, the control and electrical systems, and significantly the design of the rotor and the generator.  Most of the SWTs existing on the market are machines that have developed in an almost ‘hand crafted’ way, with lower maturity compared to that achieved by large wind turbines. A large amount of development has been carried out on developing small rotor configuration of the type shown in fig 1, but limited work on the generator until now.

Autonomous and distributed generation using small wind turbines are attractive as the price of conventional electricity and fossil fuels is increasing in the developed world which has a high interest in green energy and the cost is a lower barrier to installation..

In many developing countries, millions of people live without access to electricity, SWT have a major impact on the quality of life enabling access to remote services and the internet through mobile phone technology.

However, the state of the art for small wind turbines is far from technological maturity and economical competitiveness.

SWTs have great potential to produce reliable machines.  IEC standards do exist for SWTs IEC61400-2 for design requirements however, development of the standards is required to produce more appropriate and simpler ways to display the results obtained, to the end users.

In developed countries the market for SWT is promising for grid and off-grid applications due to promotion policies such as capital cost buy-down, feed-in tariffs, net metering, and for developing countries because of the reduction in manufacturing costs and the increasing energy requierments.

Classification of SWT from 0 watts to 100kW generation

Rated power (kW)                  Rotor swept area (m2)                        Sub-category

Prated < 1 kW A                      < 4.9 m2                                              Pico wind

1 kW < Prated< 7 kW A          < 40 m2                                              Micro wind

7 kW < Prated< 50 kW           A < 200 m2                                         Mini wind

50 kW < Prated< 100 kW       A < 300 m2                             (No clear definition adopted yet)

Source: CIEMAT

Direct drive, a new technology for SWT

Direct drive wind generators simplify the nacelle system, increase reliability, increase efficiency and avoid gearbox issues.  The trend towards direct drive systems in the large wind generator systems has been evident for some years in producing technology that is lighter or more cost-effective than the conventional geared drive trains.  Although these developments continue, direct drive turbines have not, as yet, had a sizeable market share.  Most direct drive designs are based on permanent magnets generator (PMG) technology, using high-strength Neodymium magnets.

Magnetic Motori, a well know motor designer and manufacturer based in Italy, set out to develop a direct drive solution to meet the needs of a reliable and efficient power generation permanent magnet motor/generator for renewable energy applications and high efficiency drive systems in SWT.

Overload Capacity

It is a fact of wind generation that the power train components of a wind turbine, regardless of the generation capacity, are subject to highly irregular loading input from turbulent wind conditions.

Fatigue cycles experienced by the structural components can be significantly greater than for other rotating machines.  Consider that a large, modern wind turbine operates about 13 years in a design life of 20 years virtually unattended as does a SWT.

The HTQ was designed with high overload capacity to usefully exploit the momentary increase in wind speeds, (turbulence and gust management), and wave variations seen in wave power (wave power is distinct from the diurnal flux of tidal power and the steady gyre of ocean currents), applications.

This leads to a high conversion performance considering that this is highly dependent on the speed itself.

Size & Cooling

The presence of a flow of outside air or the availability of water, in wind and wave power generation, was designed to be used as the cooling medium. An efficient cooling system allows the size of the machines to be smaller with a better power to weight ratio, and reduces the related costs.

The gearless solution (commonly called gearless direct-drive) is justified by economic returns resulting from increased efficiency, reduction of drive gear components and improved mechanical reliability.

The HTQ high efficiency series is, internally, literally green due to the colour of the special enamel used to coat the copper used for the windings. Starting from basic principles and understanding the real world end application, Magnetic identified key problems associated with renewable power generation and the efficient conversion needed to supply the power to the local electricity supply system, size, cooling, overload capacity, sealing protection,  and electrical reliability.


With motor sealing protection greater than or equal to IP54 is linked with an extended range of torque / power ratios available.

Electrical Reliability

To usefully extract the electrical energy generated, the HTQ series use multi pole (up to 22) rare earth neodymium iron boron magnets, the strongest and most affordable type of rare-earth magnet, having the highest coercivity and size ratio. Fitted into the rotor in a propriety method and completely enclosed in an epoxy protection coating, the mechanic and magnetic circuits are defined, controlled, and stable under all operating conditions.

And the reason for the green coating of the copper wire?

The potential acceleration and deceleration conditions experienced in renewable power generation rotor can create very high rates of change of voltage, (dV/dT), back emf, high frequency and high amplitude harmonics etc. In the stator windings, and in normal enamels these conditions can electrically breakdown the enamel, leading to premature electrical failure.

The proprietary copper coating used by magnetic in the HTQ series has high dV/dT withstand capability, high frequency permittivity/dielectric isolation characteristics, linked with a high temperature rating class H for inverter applications, with double vacuum impregnation through autoclave with class H resins.

These characteristics ensure the motors have a very high resistance to transient spikes, high frequencies, and short rise time pulses.

And used as a motor, the same properties are required for inverter drive systems.

And the colour happens to be green.

Added Value Magnetic R&D

Market growths rates for wind generation are in the same range as those of high-tech technologies (internet, mobile phones and so on) with most of the top ten manufacturers being European.

There is a misconception to consider wind energy as a mature technology and R&D efforts is not required. Magnetic are continuing the development of the HTQ range and as a result, power generation capability up to 50kW are now available as standard with larger powers in preliminary design.

The European target is 20 per cent of energy production from renewable sources. In its recently published Strategic Research Agenda, the European wind energy platform, TPWind, proposed an ambitious, and feasible, vision for Europe. In this vision, 300 GW of wind energy capacity would be delivered by 2030, representing up to 28 per cent of EU electricity consumption. To implement this, an average 10 to 15 GW of additional renewable green capacity must be manufactured, delivered and implemented every year in Europe. This is equivalent to more than 20 large turbines of 3 MW being installed each working day, or a large number of SWT.

Thus in the use of the turbulent conditions and overcoming the severity of the fatigue environment, small wind turbine technology has a unique technical identity and unique R&D demands that magnetic has overcome with the HTQ series.


Going green is not an easy option, but the benefits to the industry the HTQ series can offer, in truly green renewable energy power generation, have been demonstrated. The conversion efficiencies greater than 80% are now posiable with the HTQ range. With cut in wind speeds and rotor speed close to zero, (depending on the rotor design) the HTQ is capable of generating useful amounts of energy from a wide range of climatic conditions.

Magnetic believes that high efficiency green energy is a reality when you use the HTQ series.

Light weight aluminium construction, hollow and shaft versions, available in a wider range of torque/RPM combinations, the Magnetic HTQ series fits most applications. If you need further technical information to find a suitable HTQ generator/motor for your application or a larger, that is up to1250mm diameter, contact:



Alldrives & Controls the UK representative for Magnetics Italy.

KB Electronics New Inverters Program

 Here at All Drives and Controls we work hard to select only the best manufacturers to completely meet the needs of our customers.  That’s why we are happy to recommend KB Electronics products due to their high quality, customisable AC and DC motor drives that are produced according to customer specifications.

Designing and building motor drives since 1937, American based KB Electronics know a thing or two about developing specialised inverters; this experience has now led them to develop a new Hybrid AC Drive range and DC / DC motor speed control that incorporate new features to cater for a wider range of application requirements.

The New KBAC Series AC Inverter Range

Boasting the same practical features as other KBAC series, the new KBAC 217 models are designed to operate from a 230 Vac line and up to 5HP; and the new KBAC-416 range will operate from a 260 Vac line up to 5HP from an AC line input.

Additional features of the new digital hybrid AC drives with analogue interface include a selectable jumper to switch frequency from 8kHz to 12kHz and GFCI (RCD); this provides the user with helpful options to suit a range of applications that require operation at constant torque or variable torque.

The KBAC S-models (suffix) contain an installed On / Off AC line switch that is equipped with a mechanical interlock to prevent the drive cover from being opened. The switch also boasts a safety lockout feature that can be used along with a padlock for complete safety against the drive being switched on while equipment is serviced.

To finalise this impressive hybrid AC drive is KB Electronics rugged die-cast hinged cover, the NEMA 4x / IP65. The watertight design is ideal for applications within sensitive environments as it can withstand harsh cleaning, wash downs and outdoor use.

The NEMA 4X enclosure provides further safety and prevention from electrical shock by preventing accidental contact with components inside and liquid tight electrical fittings for complete peace of mind.

Other options for the KBAC range include:

  • Forward-Stop-Reverse Switch
  • Signal Isolator with Auto/Manual Switch
  • Run-Stop-Jog Switch
  • Class “A” RFI/EMI CE Approved Line Filter

The Recently Released KBBW Open Frame

Always looking for new ways of working, KB Electronics has developed a battery powered DC / DC low voltage motor speed control model – otherwise known as the KBBW Series.

This low voltage speed control motor provides excellent dynamic response to load variations, making it ideal for applications such as solar pumps, portable pumps, carts, hoists, electric boats, chemical feeders and light duty conveyors.

The incorporated pulse-width-modulated (PWM) DC / DC motor speed controls produce an almost pure DC current, contributing to a longer brush life and considerably low noise production, with the pulse-by-pulse current providing short circuit protection and control damage prevention. Along with the Plug-In Horsepower Resister® (sold separately) the need for recalibration of the IR compensation and current limit settings is eliminated.

Additional well thought-out features of the KBBW 12 and 24 Volt DC Motors include:

  • Quick-connect terminals for connections
  • Adjustable trimpots for application tailoring
  • Undervoltage protection that shuts down the drive when the voltage falls below specifications to prevent damage to the motor.
  • An inhibit circuit that can be used to stop and start the drive electronically
  • A5-kΩ potentiometer, 0-to 5-Vdc analogue signal or a PWM microprocessor output signal to control motor speed.

Obtaining Your NEW KB Electronics AC / DC Motor Drives

KB Electronics dedication to manufacturing drives that meet a variety of customer needs is clearly evident within the new releases of the KBAC and KBBW series.

To benefit from the reduced energy consumption that these variable speed drives provide and to witness the enhanced safety and extended device life of the KB Electronics product line, contact All Drives and Controls for expert advice and your required order specification.



New Version Nanotec® Motor Controller

Ever seeking improvements to meet the needs of their users in the industrial automation industry, Nanotec® have once again released a new and improved version for their Plug & Drive® family – the Nanotec® N5 Motor Controller for EtherNet/IP and Modbus/TCP. 

Ensuring that customers can now access a wider range of connectivity for their application requirements, the new N5 Motor Controller features EtherNet/IP interface for those seeking better interoperability and the popular Modbus/TCP fieldbus interface used in many industrial environments.

These new connectivity features, together with the existing CANopen and EtherCAT versions allow the Nanotec® family of motor controllers to be connected to a variety of higher-level control systems.

So now, you can rely on a Nanotec® N5 controller and field-orientated control (FOC) to achieve your required high-level control for both BLDC and stepper motors, for torque, speed and positioning; making the N5 a great option for automation applications within robotics and high volume industries.

Simple Programming for the N5 Controller

Complementing these new features is the new and improved programming software, Nano-J V2 which is available free for quick and convenient set-up.

Using this improved technology, time-critical subroutines can be executed, and transferred directly into the motor controller independently from fieldbus communication; helping reduce overall load on the fieldbus and keeping down required capacity.

The revised technology is therefore able to achieve real-time capability and a higher execution speed for your complex application.

Versions to Suit Every Application

The N5 controller is available in a low current version, designed for operating at 12-75V and a nominal current of 10A, as well as a high current version with an operating voltage from 12-48V, a nominal current of 10A and a peak current of 54A.

With useful features including six digital inputs, two analogue inputs, two digital outputs and an input for a 5V/24V encoder, you can be sure that there is a suitable version to match your needs.

Hall sensors and holding brakes are also available for that added reassurance.

So if you are in need of a motor controller that will ensure high-level control, reliability and the smooth, efficient operation of your automation system, then you can be sure that the Nanotec® N5 Motor Controller is designed to meet your specific requirements.

For more on Nanotec® products and support, visit our Nanotec® page or contact All Drives and Controls for ordering and advice on the right N5 version for your needs.


Nanotec® Stepper Motors – Powering the Cogs of Your Imagination

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Are motors boring? Well we don’t think so, obviously.  But if when you think of motors all you visualise are washing machines, production lines or the circuit boards that you built at school then think again.

Mechatronics has advanced amazingly in recent times.  Think of the development of the printer. Originally only in black and white now we have full colour 3D printing and the endless possibilities that entails.  Advanced technology encasing some simple but very clever motors.

This mixing of the sciences with the arts is exactly what accelerates the advancements in technology – opening up new possibilities previously unimaginable.

A beautiful example of art meeting basic motor mechanics can be seen in the Corpus Clock at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.  This public work of art is a mechanical time piece employing the minds of engineers, sculptors and jewellers working with gold, silver and neon lights in its creation.  But what’s at the heart of it, winding the mechanism and making the whole time-piece possible? – A  electric motor.

Using Motors in Art

At the opposite end of the spectrum both decoratively and mechanically is Richard Downing’s Fractal Clock.  This stunning paradigm of minimalist design uses more than eighty motors to control the precise movements of suspended triangles of slate.  The triangles themselves orbit and therefore the visual appearance of the clock changes depending on the time and your viewpoint of the installation.  And it’s the Nanotec® stepper motor that makes it possible.


However the adaptability and ease of use of the Nanotec® stepper motor means that you don’t have to have a degree in mechanical engineering to use them.  Nanotec® stepper motors are now so accessible and competitively priced that they are playing an increasingly bigger part within traditionally artistic environments.

It is the simplicity and versatility of a perfectly engineered motor such as the Nanotec® stepper motor that makes it the perfect choice for an inconceivable amount of applications. 

The Nanotec® stepper motors are simple to use and are easy to digitally control even with control panels or computers.  They have few parts so are mechanically reliable.  Of all the different motor types stepper motors have the highest torque in the low speed range and have extremely precise positioning making them perfect for repeatable movements.

Artists, university enterprises and even schools are benefiting from the additional innovation opportunities that using stepper motors offers.  Whether you’re doing scenography, robotics or animation, setting up an art installation, set design or lighting imagine how much more engaging it would be if it moved!

If you feel at a loss as to where to start, don’t worry, you’re not alone.  Firstly, the Nanotec® Company has the same creative ethos.  Their skilled employees focus their innovative abilities on research and advancing new developments to produce quality, competitively priced products.  Combine that with our dedicated, hands-on team at All Drives and Controls and you’ll be able to make your creative dreams a reality.

If you’d like to see just what level of support we give then take a closer look at the Fractal Clock mentioned earlier.  Yes, we helped with that.

So, just how creative can a stepper motor be?  We don’t know…yet.

Let your imagination run wild and let the creativity flow.  Challenge our team at All Drives and Controls and, with Nanotec® stepper motors, together we will make it happen.

Discuss your ideas with our friendly team here.



Delivering Superior Air-Handling with Dayton Grainger Components

To an employee working in a stuffy environment, especially an industrial facility, fresh air is one of life’s pleasures.

Take away the fresh air and it isn’t long before the company is on the phone to their Plant Managers and HVAC contacts, demanding a quick solution to repairing their inefficient air handling system.

With stagnant, humid air increasing airborne contaminants and causing uncomfortable working conditions with low productivity, HVAC Engineers are often not surprised to receive next day repair requests and advice on providing a temporary ventilation solution.

Reliable HVAC Products from Dayton Grainger

When considering the best solution for temporary (or permanent) spot cooling systems for employees working in areas with high risk air pollutants, efficient circulation is top priority.

For reliable industrial cooling fans from portable to large-scale, temporary or permanent, many engineers choose Dayton Grainger due to their wide range of high efficiency, variable speed air circulators that can even be used to cool brick kilns and industrial electrical apparatus.

Dayton Grainger cooling fans and air circulators are designed to meet the needs of a variety of industries and produce air circulators that work to;

  • dissipate heat from equipment
  • remove large amounts of condensation
  • withstand wash downs from high-pressure cleaning
  • deliver high visibility
  • dual voltage motors for multiple applications
  • spark resistant

Durable and Tested HVAC Replacement Parts 

However when it comes to repairing the building’s air ventilation system, identifying replacement parts that are durable, effective and available for quick delivery can be difficult.

Thankfully, Dayton Grainger air-handling components and replacement parts supplied by All Drives and Controls are well known for their rigorous testing for dependability and can be delivered quickly for urgent ventilation system repairs.

With replacement parts including blowers, exhaust fans, fan blades, fan propellers, controls, roof ventilators, duct / tubeaxial fans and associated accessories, Dayton Grainger has a range of industry standard products that will ensure your air-handling system maximises efficiency and minimises energy costs.

Partner with All Drives and Controls for Air Handling Components 

Dayton Grainger has been providing high quality components since 1937 and as a trusted distributor, All Drives and Controls holds specialist knowledge and access to the full range of Dayton products; offering superior customer service and complete climate control solutions to your HVAC application requirements.

To order your Dayton air ventilation component you can provide the 5 digit alpha numeric Dayton code or contact All Drives and Controls for advice on your required replacement part or device.


Ideally Suited Stepper Motors for UHV Applications

The ability to conduct precision research with experimental systems has advanced considerably since the introduction of vacuum technology.

Now with the use of ultra high vacuum (UHV) technology, extremely low pressure environments can be created to remove interference from gas scattering and enable surfaces to be atomically cleaned; allowing for preparation of studies in a completely contamination-free state.

However with such a demanding and sensitive environment it is vital that any mechanical equipment used be suitable enough to withstand extreme conditions, from plummeting pressures to temperatures ranging from -190°C to 200°C.

It’s true that not many mechanical components can claim to operate effectively under such extreme conditions, however the Ultra High Vacuum Stepper Motor is ideally suited for precision motor control inside UHV environments.

A Deeper Look into UHV Stepper Motor Design

UHV stepper motors such as manufactured by Arun Microelectronics Ltd, Nanotec® and supplied by All Drives and Controls are specifically designed for use in UHV environments such as cryogenics, space and nuclear industry.

The design of the UHV stepper motor allows it to endure hours of ‘baking’ in temperatures up to 200°C for the removal of water and trace gases for complete decontamination.

Then with the UHV stepper motor’s optimised construction and vacuum-compatible materials, it is able to operate in temperatures ranging from -196°C to +175°C, performing sensitive handling manipulations with precision without the use of motion feed through.

The minimal components of the UHV stepper motor and the absence of metal to metal sliding surfaces means that formation of any particles is minimised, this benefit, including its low out-gassing design characteristics make it a valuable device for ultra high vacuum environments.

Aside from its robust construction, the UHV stepper motor provides peace of mind with additional capabilities including:

  • An embedded thermocouple for temperature monitoring and control
  • Open construction with all internal spaces vented
  • Radiation-hardened versions
  • Custom shaft modified versions
  • A dedicated drive
  • Simplified connections
  • Torque ratings from 75 to 200 mNm
  • Suitable for use below 1×10-10mbar

With the ability to provide precision in-vacuum manipulation under intense UHV conditions, it’s no surprise that the UHV stepper motor was chosen for use on the Mars Rover.  

Designed to withstand intense heat and vibrations from launch to the ultra-cold, high-vacuum exposure on its interplanetary cruise to Mars, the use of a UHV stepper motor on the Mars Rover made an ideal solution for the robotic application that operates with such precision it can drop an aspirin tablet into a thimble.*

So it’s easy to see what makes the UHV stepper motor an ideal choice for ultra high vacuum environments.

With a range of sizing options and torque ratings available, All Drives and Controls is on hand to provide specialist advice on the most effective UHV stepper motor for your application; leaving you to focus on the more pressing matter of making scientific and technological advances.

All Drives and Controls: Driving to the Future

01827 52189



Drive Efficiency with the Correct AC or DC Motor

Often hidden away, but still a major player in your motion control application, AC and DC drives are absolutely necessary for smooth speed-controlled operations.

However, selecting an appropriate variable speed control AC or DC motor involves more than just the need for simple process control; it involves consideration as to the most effective motor for your application and load demands as even the smallest change can significantly impact on efficiency and energy consumption.

If your application operates with various speeds for different processes, requires acceleration control or has altering rates of production or flow such as with conveyors, processing, HVAC, mixers, millers, elevators and hoists then your choice of variable speed AC / DC motor drives can make all the difference.

Selecting the appropriate drive (although only a small device in the overall mechanical function) can bring significant benefits including:

  • Increased efficiency due to smoother, trouble-free operations
  • Reduced energy consumption and costs from only using the right amount of power to match load demands
  • High precision for stopping and starting processes with smooth acceleration control to prevent mechanical shock, wear and tear.
  • Time saving motors that are simple to install and operate with no programming
  • Protection of your product from adjustable torque limits
  • The elimination of expensive components such as gearboxes

KB Electronic Motor Drives; the Right Choice for You?

The benefits variable speed control motors bring can easily be obtained when purchasing high quality, custom-designed AC / DC motor drives such as manufactured by industry leader KB Electronics and supplied by UK automation component specialist distributors, All Drives and Controls2.

However deciding which variable speed drive is right for your application from the range of hybrid AC drives and variable speed DC motor controls offered can be confusing.

For example, you may be aware that AC drives require less maintenance than DC drives, tend to cost less, are smaller and work better in high speed operations; on the other hand DC drives can be quieter, provide accelerating torques in excess of 400% and perform better with frequent acceleration and deceleration routines.

KB Electronics also produce a range of drive options including:

AC Drives: 3ph AC Induction motors from 1/8 through 5 horsepower or available in 15, 208/230, and 400/460 VAC – 50/60 Hz with 1ph and 3ph input.

DC Drives: from sub-fractional to 5 horsepower. They are also available in 115 and 208/230 VAC-50/60 Hz with 1Ø input.

So the question you may be asking is; ‘which variable speed control drive will provide your system with the most efficient output and the most reliable and durable process of operation?’

Identifying the Right AC / DC Drive for Your Application

Thankfully you can easily secure the answer by contacting All Drives and Controls who are trained and experienced in providing specialist advice on the most appropriate, cost effective solution for your application requirements.

As a trusted distributor for KB Electronics motor drives, All Drives and Controls are able to quickly identify and dispatch your required drive quickly and conveniently as well as offer bespoke training for set-up of your new AC or DC motor drive.

So don’t miss out on the advantages of choosing a reliable variable speed drive motor system– contact All Drives and Controls today.


Plug & Drive Studio; New Software for Easy Motor Control

Plug & Drive™ Servo Motors produced by Nanotec® have long been considered a reliable solution for applications requiring high power density and precision positioning.  As an additional improvement for the Plug & Drive family, Nanotec® has now announced a new programming software: the Plug & Drive Studio.

The Plug & Drive studio is designed to provide the user with a simple way to setup and programme Nanotec’s motor controllers, providing seamless and straightforward control from computer to motor.

This useful new software designed to be installed on a computer provides access to the motor controller through field buses including CANopen, Ethernet and Modbus.

Plug & Drive Studio – Setup and Use 

For trouble free setup, controller configurations can be viewed and written using a table within the object directory. Predefined filters already available, display only currently relevant objects. These objects can also be configured if and when required using an integrated command line.


Nanotec® again has considered the needs of their user by including a useful feature of record and playback within the Plug & Drive Studio software. This allows the entire communication to be recorded and played back later so that lengthy command sequences only need to be entered once at setup; saving you plenty of time and hassle from having to repeat long entries.

Using an integrated oscilloscope, readings from any eight objects with a resolution of up to one millisecond can be simultaneously displayed allowing controller parameters to be tuned. An integrated development environment is also available to support controller programming using the NanoJ V2, complete with source text editor, automatic code, a compiler and debugger.

Another valuable feature provided with the Plug & Drive Studio is how all functions can be used simultaneously. During the running of the programme, the user is able to track controller behaviour with use of the object directory and oscilloscope; this means that any application or customer specific functions can be easily and quickly programmed, delivering maximum efficiency and complete motor control.

For more details on how the Plug & Drive Studio software can simplify your motor controller programming activities, contact the UK’s Nanotec® approved supplier All Drives and Controls on 01827 52189 or complete a quick contact form today.

The Nanotec Slotless BLDC Motor – A New Design for Brushless Motors

If you’re already a convert to the higher efficiency and power density of brushless motors then no doubt you’ll want to hear about the new release from Nanotec®.


The slotless BLDC motor is a new design for brushless motors. It still boasts the extremely long life span and smooth running that a brushless motor offers however the slotless BLDC motor has a completely different internal structure.

Its stator consists of ring-shaped metal plates and a flat bonded winding on the inside. This construction means that there is no iron core and with no iron losses, therefore the slotless BLDC motor efficiency is significantly increased when compared with a conventional BLDC motor.

In addition, this special design providing low inductance and very rapid current rise allows the motor to maintain high speeds without problems, ideal for high-speed applications.

Uniquely, unlike standard slotted motors, this slotless design creates no cogging torque, resulting in unrivalled smooth operation and control at low speeds.

These factors combined make this motor the perfect choice for drills, grinders and tattooing instruments.

The DS16 slotless BLDC motor comes in three sizes:

S          with a power output of 3.7W at max. 27,000 rpm

M        with a power output of 10W at max. 30,000 rpm

L          with a power output of 25W at max. 29,000 rpm

Depending upon your application the low inductance of slotless motors combined with the PWM of the controller can lead to high current ripple generating additional heat. In this instance motor throttles can be used between the motor and the controller.

Our friendly team of experts at All Drives and Controls will happily advise you on this and direct you toward the perfect DS16 slotless BLDC motor for you.

Call us on: 01827 52189 for further information or visit our contact page today.


Thank You

Thank you for contacting AllDrives and Controls

UK distributors for Nanotec & WEG

John Krzeminski

Tel: 44(0) 7891484632

NEW: High-performance DC servo motor with integrated motor controller

The development department at leading manufacturer Nanotec® have once again brought a solution for issues faced in mechanical engineering and service robotics with the newest and largest member of the Plug & Drive™ family1.

The new PDC-6 is a brushless DC servo motor with an integrated controller ideally suited to applications that require the very high power density that it provides, along with high efficiency; all without compromising on its compact size.

Designed for 12 – 48 voltage supplies there are two versions of the PDC-6 available to best suit your application.

  • High-pole stepper motor – with a maximum nominal torque of 8.8Nm, in a choice of lengths
  • Lo-pole BLDC motor – with a nominal output of 534W, available with 80mm or 86mm flange.

The flexibility of the servo motor is further increased by its minimal cabling as the motor controller and encoder (with its highly accurate 4096 increments) are integrated within the motor.

As with all Plug & Drive™ motors the PDC-6 uses field-oriented control via an encoder and can be operated in torque, speed or positioning mode. The reference values for the PDC-6 can also be set by clock direction, two analog inputs or the CANopen field bus.

You can also choose the controller programming that best suits you. The motor is able to carry out complex control tasks without a field bus connection in stand-alone mode. Alternatively, time-critical applications can be quickly and easily programmed directly onto the motor using NanoJ V2 programming language. Of course, for parameterisation you can always include an optional USB port.

The options available within this extremely high performing and precise servo motor and integrated controller make the PDC-6 a tailor-made solution.

To discover if this new Nanotec® high-performing DC servo motor is the right choice for your application, simply ask our expert staff at All Drives and Controls by visiting our contact page2 or calling 01827 52189.

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Spring Time special: A Stepper motor with superior EMC performance

AllDrives & Control Press release

Staffordshire, May 14, 2015 – Alldrives & Controls, who represent Nanotec Germany in the UK and Ireland, has a spring in it step with the new SC3518 series from Nanotec.



EMC problems, like the dark days of winter, are now in the past, as Nanotec launches stepper motors which not only feature a very high torque, but also have excellent EMC properties.

The SC3518 series are 2-phase hybrid stepper motors with frame size NEMA 14 (35 mm) and a 1.8° step angle, and depending on the motor length, the holding torque is between 0.18 and 0.32 Nm.

Like all motors of the SC series (NEMA 8, 17 and 24 sizes) from Nanotec, the new SC3518 stepper motor is connected via an integral connector enabling easy cable loom integration, saving costs, in customer applications.

Together; with the shielded cable, which is standard equipment, the two outer pins of the connector are attached to the motor housing, creating a shield to housing connection with excellent EMC performance. Radiated EMC Interference from the motor lines, which can cause problems in existing sensors, is effectively suppressed.

The SC3518 motors are available with an integrated optical encoder NOE1 with up to 2000 increments/rotation for closed-loop control.

Or as a standard Stepper motor for open loop control, which can be converted to a sensor-less closed loop control using the innovative “C5” Drive controllers, also from Nanotec.

On account of their high torque yet small size, motors of the SC3518 series are ideal for use in laboratory automation or service robotics.

About Nanotec

Nanotec is a leading manufacturer of motors and controllers for high-quality drive solutions. The company has been developing and marketing a broad range of products since 1991. Nanotec technology is primarily used in automation systems, laboratory automation, medical devices, the packaging industry, and semiconductor production. Nanotec has its company headquarters in Feldkirchen near Munich with subsidiaries in ChangZhou, China, and Medford/MA, USA.

About Alldrives & Controls

Alldrives & Controls is a leading specialised technical full service distributor of motors and controllers for high-quality drive and automation solutions. The company has been sourcing and marketing a broad range of products since 2009. Alldrives & Controls technology is primarily used in automation systems, laboratory automation, medical devices, packaging industry, and semiconductor production. Alldrives & Controls has its company headquarters in Tamworth, Staffordshire UK .


Stepper Motor Sensorless Control; What You Need to Know

So you’re in need of a motor for precise positioning. What would be your preference?

Stepper motor or servomotor?

Many smart engineers like yourself will agree, that the answer lies resolutely in the application requirements.

For example, the compact stepper motor with its ability to run open-loop may be all that’s required for simple tasks, and certainly it makes a very affordable option.

However with high performance dynamic operations, the issues a stepper motor holds around resonance, excessive heat and step-loss often see it take a back seat to the pricier servomotors that utilise advanced control methods.

But things are starting to change.

The introduction of stepper motor sensorless control is already raising eyebrows in the OEM industry.

As it turns out, Nanotec® have found a way to replace expensive stepper motor encoders for virtual encoders within the controller. This means that our faithful friend the stepper motor, can now be operated just like a servomotor but without the high price tag.

Suddenly the query of stepper vs. servo gets interesting; but what does sensorless technology mean for us?

Less heat, no resonance, longer service

With stepper motors receiving a constant stream of full current, it’s no surprise that the resulting increase in high temperatures and vibrations decrease service life and eventually, effectiveness.

However now that the stepper motor can be controlled via the virtual encoder, they are able to receive the required current to perform actions, just like a servomotor. This ensures the stepper motor remains considerably cooler with almost no resonances.

This improved performance protects the motor and its bearings, increasing service life and naturally supplying the added benefit of energy efficiency. Better for the environment and for your bank balance.


Step-loss? What step-loss?

Another argument to avoid stepper motors is the issue of step-loss; missed actions caused by resonances and instability which of course go undetected with open-loop systems.

Nanotec® rectifies this with the closed-loop system that delivers a controlled current to the motor, so that resonances are removed and missed steps (up to its maximum torque) are a thing of the past.

The benefits of the closed-loop system now mean that the controller can recognise inconsistencies in the motor, adjustments can be made and alerts sounded.

And the mechanical issues?

Usually these can be minimised using precise mathematical models and calculating parameters, which let’s be honest, isn’t a quick and simple solution.

Thankfully the Nanotec® sensorless system operates with few parameters and even these can be set using an auto-setup routine that automatically determines all the required parameters. Now we’re talking.

All this additional motor control not only avoids instabilities and step-loss, but Nanotec® noticed that at high speeds, the sensorless control actually worked better than an encoder, even removing speed fluctuations of the motor at low resolutions.

As you can see, the argument for use of sensorless technology grows ever more compelling; yet it seems that’s not all.

Sensorless technology can benefit almost all stepper motor applications with its ability to be combined with open-loop control.  When necessary and at low speeds, the system is able to switch to open-loop mode; which still continues to work effectively considering resonance isn’t an issue where only a few steps are needed.

So it seems whether your application deals with speed, or positioning, this combined approach could work for you.

In the end, regardless of your motor preference, there is no denying that the main objective is for your system to run as smoothly and efficiently as possible. We believe Nanotec® have worked hard to provide this for their customers, with a responsive stepper motor that not only uses impressive sensorless technology, but doesn’t break the bank either.

Perhaps this calls for a change of opinion for future precise positioning motors? What are your thoughts?

For more details on a wide range of motors visit our products page or contact us for helpful advice.

Source: Nanotec® (2015)

Nanotec Application Notes


From 3D Printing to Packaging

Nanotec Stepper Motors are Making it Happen

Precision, efficiency and reliability. Our expectations for technology and its capabilities continue to rise with every new development.

Just take the technological advances with robotics. Industrial packaging machines sort, wrap, seal and box hundreds of products per minute. 3D printers create precise components from air ducts to bio-printed ears. Increasingly complex parts are meticulously manufactured by CNC machines.

Yet behind these amazing developments hides a seemingly simplistic device that makes this precision and accuracy possible. The stepper motor.

Stepper motors, such as produced by innovative company Nanotec®, enable drive systems to carry out precise increments of movements down to fractions of degrees. Its robust design, affordable cost and low noise make it the ideal partner for a range of applications, especially 3D printing technology.

Simplified Design, Straightforward Solution

As experts in the field, All Drives and Controls recommend Nanotec® stepper motors due to their ability to meet customer and industry needs. These robust motors effortlessly stand up to high demand with accuracy and a reassuringly long life span.

The well considered features of Nanotec® stepper motors happily match up to professional expectations and a variety of applications. With the option to be designed with or without the need for an open loop, life is made a little easier by negating the need for external encoders and simplifying the completion of drive systems; ensuring straightforward and cost effective solutions.

Featuring a high power to weight ratio, as well as high torque at low and zero speeds, Nanotec® stepper motors require no external braking system and boast high dynamic response. Their capability for high position accuracy instantly provide a great match for semiconductor, optics and pharmaceutical applications.

Unsure of your stepper motor torque requirement? Don’t worry. All Drives and Controls are keen to support you by providing drive torque calculations both static and dynamic.

With a wide range of stepper motor options available, it is reassuring to know that All Drives and Controls expert services remove the concern from the selection process by providing quality technical and mechanical advice; as well as assistance to determine the correct electrical controls and ancillary equipment. 

Taking Control with a Complete Support Package

Controllability of the Nanotec® stepper motors has been well considered with easily programmable controllers for speed and position, including options to use an external time base if required. With the choice for the motors to be configured to work like a servo system, it seems all possibilities have been covered.

Clearly, Nanotec® stepper motors complement any system requiring high torque at low speeds. The benefits go beyond its expert features by providing confidence in its durability within a range of environments as well as its ability to boost efficiency and performance.

With so many options, sizes and power outputs available, it can be difficult to determine which stepper motor will appropriately suit your environment or even if you need a bespoke customer-specific design. There is an easier way.

Simply contact2 All Drives and Controls and receive accurate advice on specifications and environments…whether you are sending the motor subsea or to outer space!

With All Drives and Controls you not only get the chance to purchase your stepper motor at low cost, but gain access to a whole package of support; from specification writing to system programming.

So with a great support network at your finger tips you can be certain whatever your requirements for an effective stepper motor, All Drives and Controls can supply them quickly and affordably.

Simply complete the request form with your part number (if known) or if you would like to benefit from All Drives and Controls expert knowledge regarding stepper motor selection, replacement or advice – just add your query to the form and await great customer service.


Nanotec DB59 – NEMA (23)-compatible

Cannock January 27, 2015 – Nanotec Germany, represented in the UK and Ireland by Alldrives & Controls is happy to announce the Nanotec range of high performance Stepper Motors, Brushless motors and drives, is growing.

DB59_NME1_kombiModern applications require high speeds, high torque, small size and flexible fitting. To meet this challenge, Nanotec has developed the DB59 brushless DC motor which covers a performance range from 84 to 220 Watts, and is among the most powerful BLDC motors of this size.

The DB59 motors are available with a square, NEMA (23)-compatible or round flange, measuring 56 mm in diameter, increasing the mounting flexibility of the range, the round flange allows high-torque planetary gears from Nanotec’s GPLL-59 series to be fitted, further increasing the motor’s torque.

The DB59 is available in a variety of power ratings, with or without Hall sensors. As an option, a magnetic encoder with a resolution of 0.09° for more precise speed and position regulation can be fitted.

The DB59 series BLDC motors, efficient and extremely quiet, with a nominal voltage of 24 V and speed of 3,500 rpm, make the DB59 particularly suitable for use in service robotic systems, warehouse logistics and medical pumps.

Introducing Samba


 What is Samba™?

  • Samba is a price oriented product. Color-touch, all in one, low cost PLC.
  • The main traits of Samba:
  • Low cost – High Performance
  • 3.5’’ 16 bit color touchscreen
  • On Board I/Os (not expandable)
  • Programmed in Visilogic™
  • Communication: Ports: supplied with1 RS232; 2 ports may be added: 1 Serial (RS232/RS485)/Ethernet & 1 CANbus

When can I get them?

The Samba is in stock right now.



Lights and Buttons HMI and Ladder in VisiLogic

Buttons and Lights – Learn how to work with the HMI and Ladder in VisiLogic. We will use contacts and coils as inputs and outputs for out ladder. We will link the ladder to HMI elements and see how to affect the Ladder from the HMI. We will also learn about some of the HMI tools and functions. Downloading to the controller will also be covered. This is a great first step for any new user.

Data Tables Part 2 Programming – Moderate

We will learn how to use DataXport to pull the data table from the PLC and save it to the PC as an excel file. We will learn how to set up a time based automatic download, and an even based download over TCP/IP.

Download Vlp datatable

Data Tables Part 1 Programming – Moderate

Part 1 – We will explore how to set up a data table in VisiLogic and use it to log data.
We will show how to create a data table, and how to link each column to a register type.
We will then use the ladder section to create a time/event driven routine to log data.

Download Vlp datatable


PTO Programming – Advanced

This webinar will cover new options for motion control – Pulse Train Output (PTO)

You can implement motor control by controlling the high-speed outputs of certain Vision controllers using PTO functions, controlling up to three independent axis. In this way you can, for example, build speed profiles that are appropriate for stepper motors. Note that the PTO control functions are open-loop, and do not rely on positional feedback.

Download Vlp


Motors for deep sea application

Motor Selection for Deep Sea Applications by Richard Halstead President Empire Magnetics, Inc.

Like few other hostile environments for industrial components, the deep sea is a forbidding place in which to launch a motion control application. Very cold temperatures, the corrosive effects of sea water and extremely high pressures (as much as 5,000 p.s.i. at 11,600 feet below the surface) combine to create an environment in which off-the-shelf components will quickly fail. Consider: in order to select a motor for deep sea operation, you must prevent water entry to the motor, assure that motor materials are resistant to corrosion, make allowances for material shrinkage (O-rings and other elastomeric materials compress in the depths), prevent water entry into electrical cables, account for power losses that occur over the 1,000+ ft. umbilical cable from the ship, and choose a filling oil whose thermal properties assure it is still a liquid at high pressures and low temperatures.

Magnetic Deep Sea Applications

Three current deep sea applications by Empire Magnetics make clear some of the problems and solutions in using motors undersea: * The Bedford Institute in Newfoundland, Canada is using waterproof stepper motors for research it is conducting in the Hudson River. The motors are required to operate at depths of 450 feet in very cold water, and are powered from aboard ship by means of an umbilical cable. Empire supplied a size 42 frame stepper motor with a stainless steel exterior, featuring an oil-filled motor and a piston pressure-compensated assembly. First specifying a depth of 200 feet, the initial motor design was used successfully at that depth. Now, the application requires operation at depths up to 450 feet, and the motor has been re-worked to meet their needs.

The Bedford Institute tests its equipment in a pressure vessel that can be used to test items at up to 5,000 p.s.i. While the previous model operated up to 1,000 p.s.i., the new model’s modifications will allow operation at much greater pressures. * Another deep sea application, at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI), Woods Hole, MA, is even more challenging. Requiring a stepper motor and brake assembly that would be submerged to a depth of 2,000 meters, WHOI specified a motor design for a new, unmanned remote undersea vehicle. The entire vehicle is oil-filled and pressure-compensated, and since it operates by remote control, the drive electronics are also carried in the vehicle.

To accomplish this goal, a stainless steel dry tank keeps the drive electronics at normal pressures, while the rest of the system is subject to the pressure generated 2,000 meters below the ocean surface. * The Scripps Institute in La Jolla, CA had a similar, but perhaps even more complicated problem. The Institute required motors to drive manned, undersea sleds, or ROVs. Among other complications, the motor assemblies had to provide a lot of power, but be very efficient, in order to maximize battery life.

On the other hand, the voltage had to be low, so there was no safety hazard to the divers. The system had to be lightweight enough that the divers could carry the ROVs across the beach; be rugged enough to take the pounding of the surf when the units were being launched and retrieved; be corrosion-resistant and tolerant of sand, sea life and other foreign materials; and be cost-effective, very reliable, fault-tolerant and redundant. The Scripps project is still a work-in-progress, but their current solution has been to experiment with battery-powered brushed DC motors. This technology meets most of the above requirements except for the reliability. A little water in the brush and commutator area of these motors, and it’s up to the diver to swim home. Scripps has tried to fill the DC motors with oil, but the oil gets between the brushes and the commutator, where the insulation properties of the oil causes problems.

Although it would be possible to use high voltage to break through the oil film, the high voltage is a safety hazard for the divers. Empire and Scripps are continuing to research the use of brushless motors, but the electronic control package is expensive, fragile, not waterproof and bulky. Development of custom electronics is currently out of the reach of the Scripps’ budget. As science and industry continue to expand their reach to the depths of the oceans, new and challenging requirements for remote controls and automation will continue to appear. If you would like more information about motors for deep sea applications, or information on other types of motors for hostile environments, contact Empire Magnetics, Inc.,

SD Card Programming – Moderate

SD Card – Learn the basics

Downloads Vlp: sd-card

Questions /Answers

Q: are there any concerns with repetitive writing to an SD, like with the old EEPROM technologies?
A: there is a limit to the amount of times a specific bit can be writen to an sd card. I dont rembet the specific number but im sure it can be found online. It is relatively large for the task we are doing. But i guess this is a manufacturer specific spec.
Q: So it must be formatted using SD Card Suite, not the std Windows drive formatter?
A: we can do both. If we see taht the card is not seen in the PLC, we can use the WIndows tool first, to make sure the card is formated to the right file system.Q: Could discuss the 512b chunk on the Write Delimited Line function please?
A: the 512 byte limitation is due to teh way our controller writes blocks of data to the sd card. Everything is writen in 512 byte block, regardless of what function it is., If you see this as a limitation, ie, a string larger than 512 bytes, we can use two, three, as many as needed, functiosn to soter the correct sting. If this is of serious intrest to you.
Q: Anthony, can we get a copy of these program exaples?
A: Yes, this program and a recording of the webinar will be avalible a few days after teh webinar. This example is avalible in the examples folder of VisiLofic, Version 900–>SD–> V570 sd example

Q: Morning. but what about putting the sd in a pc. will it open or is it still protect
A: Glen, once the project is on the sd card, it can be copyied from the SD card. It can not be copyied to the SD with out the password.

Q: I have a customer that wants to password protect the sd card. i know that you can insert it in the v130 and pasword protect the card from upload and download but what happens if someone takes it out and puts it in a pc can it be opened or copied? xustomer does not want anyone to steal his program.
A: Hi Glen,the SD password FB will prevent some one from being able to copy the project to the SD card with otu havign the password.

Q: if it has a password can you still clone?
A: a password is required if you want to create a clone file from information mode of the PLC. no password is required to load/install the clone file from SD –> PLC

Q: What is the difference between the Rising Edge SB or just using a Positive Transition?
A: The SB 13 is the rising endge of SB 3, the 1 sec pulse (which has a duty cycle of 50%). THe answer is there is no difference between using a -|P|- of SB3 and a -| |- of SB 13, except we save on using a p contact. there are a limited amount of p contacts, and it is a nice thing the operating system is providing for us to have.

Q: can you format the card in the PLC
A: No, you NEED to format the Card froma PC. The PLC can only see the card after it has been formated,

Q: can you store the user program on the SD card and just update the system by inserting the card
A: Yes you can, we haev an HMI tool to help user do this, and we have ladder FBs that can automate this, as well as info mode tools to do this with. Jason will cover pgorams and clone files at the end of the presentation.

Q: Can the .csv files be read via a remote connection… via GSRM radio?
A: Hi David, i would liek a better understanding what you are trying to do before i answer yes, but in general, we can read back any of the information we have stored on the SD card in some manner. My hesitation in saying yes comes from the complexity it might requier to read back a file that does not have a tool to read it back. Meaning, we have a tool to read back Dt files on the SD card, we dont have a tool to read back .csv files, but we still have access to them, in an indirect manner.

Q: Can we access SD with SD Card Explorer over GPRS connection in Listen mode ?
A: Yes, GORS is listen mode is very similar to ethernet listen mode. The concern i would have is due to the potential size od the SD card files. It would probably not be recommended to transfer a large file from the SD card over GPRS. A better solution would be to use a 3G type cellular modem that comes with an ethernet switch and a controller with an ethernet card as the speeds will be much faster.

Q: can we create clone file without Upload capability ?
A: Uploading is different than downloading. We can create a program that is not uploadable, and make a clone file of it. We wont be able to do this from the PLC, but we can from the PLC.

Q: If you export the trend to Excel does it come in as data, graph, or both.
A: It comes as data. It can be graphed in excel.

Q: To insert or remove SD cards from the PLC should you have something in the program to stop stop writing to the card? If you don’t will it lock up the program or corrupt the files on the SD card?
A: We have a function block to “safety remove” card giving you a status bit.

Q: Most of my panels have high voltage in them. Opening the door brings lots of arc-flash liabilities. The SD card needs to be accessible from the front of the controller. Any plans of this? Or, possibly a 3rd party extension cable from the controllers SD slot to the panel door.
A: We dont currently have an option to change the access of the SD card. I am not sure what is in future development, but it has been requested by some users. There are SD card extension cables, but we generally do not recommend them as the bus of the SD card is not meant to be lengthened like this.

Timers, HMI Jumps & More Programming – Basic

This webinar explains:

– types and use fo Timers in Vision controllers

– How to ad HMI displays in te project and jump between them

The wabinar takes a little more than one hour and is divided to 5 parts for easy access and learning.

You can download also the VisiLogic project (*.vlp file) which was created during the session!

Downloads Vlp: timers


Questions /Answers

Q: If you change the preset while the timer is running will it affect the timer?
A: Nice Question! No, it will not! In fact when you start the timer, it loads the preset value to current register and then it counts down to zero. If you will change the preset value, it will be loaded on the next start.

Q: If there are multiple screens, let’s say 8, how can you jump from 1 to 7 to 3 to 8? Is scroll though the only way?
A: Under each screen you can define many (!) conditions to jump. So – pressing one “button” – you jump to display 2, with another condition you can jump to annother display… In addition, you can add jump conditions in ladder.

Q: When the operator can change the timer (Keypad Entry) on a HMI. In a new HMI, I have set the display timer “Elapsed Time” does not update the value that the operator changes. Shows the old value. Why?
A: The Current value is updated in the moment the timer starts to run! You will not see updated Preset value in Current mode untill the timer will not start running

Q: I tried using the same MB to jump to a new screen and to simultaneously perform another function (programmed in the ladder). Does not work. This wrong?
A: I don’t know what exactly you did in ladder. In general, when you define MB as “touch”, it starts to operate as “hardware”. If you use it for jump, it operates as positive transition.

Ethernet Communication

Ethernet – Learn the basics of setting up an Ethernet connection to communicate to and program the controller. Learn about the setup and configuration of the card, and the sockets. Learn how to use the remote management tool “Remote Operator” to bring up the screen of the PLC on the PC over the network. Take a quick look at Modbus IP and see how to communicate between two controllers.

Downloads Vlp: ethernet



Questions /Answers

Q: In Card Init, can Gateway be This is the case with other PLCs I have worked with.
A: That address ( is most common for a “Class C” Subnet Mask. But you would have to verify with a network administrator to be certain.

Q: if you set up multiple sockets to html, can you have more than one person looking at the vision hosted webpage at the same time?
A: web browsers default to communications on port 80, therefore the PLC must have a socket defined for this specific port when using HTML.

Q: is all the same for the 1040?
A: same for all Ethernet enabled controllers


Description     Number
 Modems and accessories
 GPRS/GSM kit, including quad band
(850/900/1800/1900MHz) TC65T modem, antenna, PC
cable, power cable and connectors
 GPRS/GSM kit, including quad band
(850/900/1800/1900MHz) Enfora modem, antenna, PC
cable, power cable and connectors
 Power Supplies
 1.1 Ampere, 24V Switching Power Supply,
DIN-rail or surface mounting
 RS232 to RS485/RS422 conve M90-19-R4
 USB to RS232 converter MJ10-22-CS35
 Cables and connectors
 RS232 communication cable and MJ10-22-CS25 adapter (Included*) RS232-CB1
 RS485 connector for Vision200™ series MJ10-22-CS65
 RS485 connector for Vision120™ & M91™ series MJ10-22-CS66
 EX-A2X Or XL Expansion cable (0.5m) EXL-CAB050
 EX-A2X Or XL Expansion cable (1m) EXL-CAB100
 EX-A2X Or XL Expansion cable (2m) EXL-CAB200
 EX-A2X Or XL Expansion cable (2.95m) EXL-CAB295
 EX-A2X Or XL Expansion cable (4m) EXL-CAB400
 EX-A2X Or XL Expansion cable (5m) EXL-CAB500
 EX-A2X Or XL Expansion cable (6m) EXL-CAB600
 EX-A2X Or XL Expansion cable (10m) EXL-CAB1000
 EX-A2X Or XL Expansion cable (20m) EXL-CAB2000