Intelligent Motion Systems MDM17Plus User Manual

Excellence in motion, Microstepping

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Excellence in Motion


The MDrive17Plus Microstepping high

torque integrated motor and step and

direction driver is ideal for designers who

want the simplicity of a motor with on-

board electronics. The integrated electron-

ics of the MDrive17Plus eliminate the need

to run motor cabling through the machine,

reducing the potential for problems due to

electrical noise.

The unsurpassed smoothness and per-

formance delivered by the MDrive17Plus

Microstepping are achieved through IMS's

advanced 2nd generation current con-

trol. By applying innovative techniques

to control current fl ow through the motor,

resonance is signifi cantly dampened over

the entire speed range and audible noise

is reduced.

The MDrive17Plus accepts a broad input

voltage range from +12 to +48 VDC, deliv-

ering enhanced performance and speed.

Oversized input capacitors are used to

minimize power line surges, reducing

problems that can occur with long runs

and multiple drive systems. An extended

operating range of –40° to +85°C provides

long life, trouble free service in demanding


The MDrive17Plus uses a NEMA 17 frame

size high torque brushless step motor

integrated with a microstepping driver,

and accepts up to 20 resolution settings

from full to 256 microsteps per full step,

including: degrees, metric and arc minutes.

These settings may be changed on-the-fl y

or downloaded and stored in nonvolatile

memory with the use of a simple GUI

which is provided. This eliminates the need

for external switches or resistors. Param-

eters are changed via an SPI port.

For use in environments where exposure

to chemical, dust and liquids may occur,

a sealed MDrive17Plus-65 Microstepping


• Highly Integrated Microstepping Driver

and NEMA 17 High Torque 1.8°

Brushless Step Motor

• Advanced 2nd Generation Current

Control for Exceptional Performance and


• Single Supply: +12 to +48 VDC
• Cost Effective
• Extremely Compact
• 20 Microstep Resolutions up to

51,200 Steps Per Rev Including:

Degrees, Metric, Arc Minutes

• Optically Isolated Input Options:

- Universal +5 to +24 VDC Signals,

Sourcing or Sinking

- Differential +5 VDC Signals
• Automatic Current Reduction
• Confi gurable:

- Motor Run/Hold Current

- Motor Direction vs. Direction Input

- Microstep


- Clock Type: Step and Direction,

Quadrature, Step Up and Step Down,

Clockwise and Counterclockwise

- Programmable Digital Filtering for

Clock and Direction Inputs

• Available Options:

- Long Life Linear Actuators**

- Encoder: External Optical or

Internal Magnetic

- Integrated Planetary Gearbox

- Control Knob for Manual Positioning

- Linear Slide

- IP65 Sealed Confi guration with

M23 Circular Connector

• 3 Rotary Motor Lengths Available
• Setup Parameters May Be Switched


• Interface Options:

- Pluggable Locking Wire Crimp


- Pluggable Terminal Strip

- 12.0” (30.5cm) Flying Leads
• Graphical User Interface (GUI) for Quick

and Easy Parameter Setup

**Consult Factory for Availability.


Not available with Differential Input option.




unit with 19-pin M23 circular connector

meets IP65 specifi cations.


The versatile MDrive17Plus Microstep-

ping is available in multiple con fi g u ra tions

to fi t various system needs. Rotary motor

versions come in three lengths and may in-

clude an encoder, control knob, planetary

gearbox or linear slide. Long life Acme

screw linear actuators** are also available.

Numerous connector styles give you

choices for the best fi t and features. Select

from 12.0” (30.5cm) fl ying leads, pluggable

terminal strip, locking wire crimp connec-



, and M23 circular connectors on IP65

sealed versions



MDrivePlus connectivity has never been

easier with options ranging from


sive QuickStart Kits


individual inter-

facing cables


mating connector kits

to build your own cables.

See pg 5.

The MDrive17Plus is a compact, powerful

and cost effective motion control solution

that will reduce system cost, design and

assembly time for a large range

of brushless

step motor applications.


The IMS Motor Interface software is an

easy to in stall and use GUI for con fi g ur ing

the MDrive17Plus from a computer's USB

port. GUI access is via the IMS SPI Motor

Interface available at

The IMS SPI Motor Interface features:

• Easy installation.

• Automatic detection of MDrive version

and communication confi guration.

• Will not set out-of-range values.

• Tool-tips display valid range

setting for each option.

• Simple screen interfaces.