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IDEA™ Programmable Stepper Motor Controller

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IDEA Stepper Motor Controller


The IDEA™ Drive Stepper Motor Controller is a stepper motor drive and fully  programmable control unit that uses an intuitive patent-pending Graphic User Interface (GUI).  The IDEA Drive technology is available in several different configurations including an external programmable drive and controller, or integrated with a linear actuator to form a complete package of motor, actuator, and programmable drive package.

Features include:

  • RoHS Compliant
  • Stand-alone drive unit or integrated directly onto a linear actuator
  • Programming done through Graphic User Interface (GUI)
  • Automatic population of motor and drive parameters
  • Programmable Speed / Current / Accel-Decel / Current Boost / Interrupts / I/O
  • Encoder Input / Stall Detection with Compensation / Position Verification
  • USB or RS-485 Communication protocols
  • Movement Profile Plotter
  • Interactive Program Debug Feature

DOWNLOAD - IDEA Graphic User Interface Software v3.01



IDEA™ Programmable Stepper Motor Drive and Controller
IDEA Drive Part Number  PCM4806E  PCM4826E  
Drive Input Voltage Range
12 to 48 VDC 12 to 48 VDC
12 to 48 VDC
12 to 48 VDC
Max Drive Current/Phase
0.6 A rms
2.6 A rms
0.6 A rms
2.6 A rms
Current Boost Capability
Optional 30% current boost capability during ramping
USB (mini B)
USB (mini B)
RS-485 RS-485
Step Modes
Full, Half, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32, 1/64
 Digital I/O Voltage Range
5 to 24 VDC
 Digital Inputs
Digital Input Max Current
8 mA (each)
8 mA (each)
8 mA (each)
8 mA (each)
Digital Outputs (Sinking)
Digital Output Max Current (Sinking)
200 mA
Maximum Temperature
70° measured at heat sink
 Program Storage Size
85 Kbytes
Program Storage Memory Type
Maximum Number Stored Programs 85 - referenced by 10 character program names
Position Counter Range 64 bit
Ramping Trapezoidal
 Interrupt Sources
4 inputs (rising, falling or both edges) Internal Position Counter (when reaching a programmed position)
Max. # Drives per Communication Bus
1 225 225

Part No.
USB Cable (A to Mini B), 2 meters
Power Cable, 1 meter
I/O Cable, 1 meter
 RS-485 Cable, 1 meter
Software Installation Disk
Motor Connector Assembly
USB to RS-485 Adapter

Programmable Linear Actuators


Max Force


Linear Travel Per Step


Max Linear Power


Size 17 Single Stack Linear Actuator
43000 220 1.5 - 50
Size 17 Double Stack Linear Actuator
43000 337 15.8 - 127

IDEA Drive software is simple to use with on-screen buttons and easy-to-understand programming guides.   

The software program generates motion profiles directly into the system and also contains a "debug" utility allowing line-by-line execution of a motion program for easy troubleshooting.       

IDEA Stepper Motor Controller Graphic User Interface

IDEA Stepper Motor Controller - I/O Connections