Can I use UART with your stepper motor drivers?
Can I use UART with your stepper motor drivers? Yes, the ZD series of stepper motor drivers and controllers all work well with UART. For more information on this you can download our Quick Start Guide to using UART with the ZD series (opposite) or if you have any specific questions please visit the online […]
How much torque can I get with a stepper motor?
How much torque can I get with a stepper motor? For a table with torque measurements and motor sizes please see our Motor Sizing Guide which provides a clear overview of the torque available from different size stepper motors. For additional information on how torque relates to speed in stepper motors you can also view […]
What is an OEM?
What is an OeM? An OEM is an Original Equipment Manufacturer. OEMs make products out of existing components which they then sell into the market, often to end users but sometimes to other businesses
Can I start a sensorless brushless motor under load?
Can I start a sensorless brushless motor under load? Yes, although starting sensorless brushless motors under load is one of the hardest aspects of operation of sensorless brushless motors. Knowing the Rotor Position The key to successfully driving brushless motors (and stepper motors for that matter) in an energy efficient and practical way is the […]
Can I replace a brushed DC motor with a stepper motor and controller?
Can I replace a brushed DC motor with a stepper motor and controller? Yes but you must be careful to make sure that the specifications you have match. Many companies are increasingly replacing brushed DC motors with brushless DC motors in a wide range of systems but swapping to steppers is less common. What is […]
I need a custom user interface, what options do you offer?
I need a custom user interface, what options do you offer? Depending on your requirement there are a number of potential options Simple pots and buttons? Potentiometers and buttons/switches are the simplest form of user interface which will work with the Zikodrive range of motor controllers. In combination with the programmability of all of our […]
What sort of payment terms do you offer on ‘off the shelf’ controllers or design work?
What sort of payment terms do you offer on ‘off the shelf’ controllers or design work. Off the Shelf For new customers we require payment before shipping. For more established customers who may wish to request credit we can do this and will allow certain limits subject to credit checks. The maximum standard payment terms […]
What technical support do you offer?
What technical support do you offer? We offer comprehensive technical support of all our controllers and services over the phone, via email, via online chat and forums and in person on site. Over the phone Our UK based engineers are available on the phone to talk through any problems that you may have. On site? […]
What costs are involved in modifying an existing ‘off the shelf’ controller?
What costs are involved in modifying an existing ‘off the shelf’ controller? The costs of modifying an existing ‘off the shelf’ motor controller depend largely on the extent of the modifications that you require. As a basic guide we would split this cost up into the tooling costs involved in making changes to the board […]
Can I purchase the full intellectual property of a stepper motor driver or brushless ESC?
Can I purchase the full intellectual property of a stepper motor driver or brushless ESC? Yes, purchasing full intellectual property is an option. It is worth remembering that purchasing the IP for a controller is more expensive but it is certainly possible. This is a more common approach with bespoke design projects rather than controller […]