Engineers most commonly use these linear actuators in larger installations; on axes that move heavier loads; and in high-end medical or material-handling applications such as pick-and-place machinery that require extremely high precision. Like rotary equivalents, linear stepper motors either use a variable reluctance (just described) or a hybrid mode of operation. A hybrid linear-stepper platen is like that of a variable-reluctance linear stepper. In contrast, the forcer has multiple permanent magnets, magnetic U-shaped cores (with coils around them) and a steel yoke.
Whether run open or closed loop stepper, linear stepper motors for sale output motion with repeatability and resolution. What’s more, linear steppers aren’t subject to wear. Nor does stalling damage them. The attractive force from the magnet preloads the assembly and lets engineers use these in myriad orientations. Linear stepper motors can also use changes in switched excitation (in one more phases) to get precise steps.
Summary of rotary-stepper-driven axes
When engineers use rotary-stepper-driven axes instead of linear stepper motors, they face a different set of design considerations. For starters, the engineer must pick the leadscrew’s lead and pitch. Lead defines the distance a screw thread advances in one revolution. Pitch is the distance between adjacent threads. A small lead with more threads per inch outputs higher force and resolution; large leads (or fewer threads) output lower force but higher speed.