Motor Controllers and Drivers for Pump and Process Control Applications
Zikodrive Motor Controllers (both stepper motor drivers and brushless motor controllers or ESCs) are especially well suited to pump applications and broader process control applications.
We work with a wide range of pump manufacturers from peristaltic to diaphragm and gear pumps and we understand what’s required to make a success of both.
Whether you’re looking for a basic ‘off the shelf’ stepper driver to get your peristaltic pump moving or you’re a pump manufacturer who needs a customised brushless motor controller designing and manufacturing to fit inside a gear pump, we can help!
The perfect choice for pump manufacturers
Using a ZD10LCD stepper motor controller to dose a peristaltic pump
We work with a large number of pump manufacturers and offer a broad range of motor controllers which are perfect for a wide range of pump applications. If it’s a stepper motor controller for a peristaltic pump you need we have a range of options with features such as 1/256 microstepping, full programmability and a range of possible user interfaces.
On the other hand if you are a manufacturer of diaphragm or small pumps that require faster motors our range of brushless motor controllers offer a huge range of performance advantages. The ZDBL range of sensorless brushless DC motor controllers are compact, powerful and can be optimised to deliver the best possible performance from your choice of sensorless brushless motor.
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Optimisable to deliver peak performance
We know what it takes to get the best out of motors. Together with your knowledge of pumps, this means that we know how to get the most out of your pumps.
Whether it’s optimising a sensorless brushless motor to deliver the most efficient performance possible or carefully optimising the current and microstep settings on a stepper motor controller, we can help.
Our range of stock motor controllers can all be optimised for the motor of your choice. We’re passionate about delivering the performance you need, when you need it. In combination with a range of communications protocols and potential user interfaces, we think this enables us to offer you a powerful motor control package capable of maximising the possibilities of your pumps.
Frequently Asked Questions
“S3 Design and Development Ltd is proud to work alongside Zikodrive in the development of motor control systems for our products and customers. The attention to detail is superb and we are always kept in the loop as the project develops and they are constantly investigating innovative approaches to product development.”
“Zikodrive has a responsive development team with intelligent grasp of the applications. Valuable input to the design and seamless cooperation contributed to an enjoyable development project.”
“It was a pleasure to work with Phil and the team. They provided essential knowledge and skills, on time and on budget.”
“Nymax selected Zikodrive controllers for our lab mixer due to their reliability”
“[Zikodrive Stepper Motor Controllers] are allowing us to go into markets that we could not previously tap”
When changing from DC motors to brushless or stepper motors it is really important to understand the specific nature of the application and pump performance.
In general we would suggest that you have a look at our main frequently asked questions section which has several articles on this subject or if you’d rather get in touch with us directly we would be happy to help.
Broadly speaking it depends on the RPM you are looking to achieve. At low RPMs (<600rpm) stepper motors will have much more control and will deliver a much smoother performance.
At higher RPMs (>600rpm) it is likely that brushless DC will deliver more efficiency and better performance.
Generally speaking customised controllers become seriously cost effective once you go over the 1000 units/year mark. However, that said, we have a number of customers who we have saved money who take approximately 200 units/year. As with a lot of the factors involved, it really does depend on your specific project so we would always encourage you to get in touch with us to have a discussion as to how we might be able to help.
Some thoughts from our Head of Design
“A large part of our work in recent years has been in the pumps and process control industry and much of the experience we have gained has put us in a great position to help. I think we understand the challenges involved in this industry in a way that perhaps not many similar motor control companies do and this is something that has helped us when delivering projects in this areas.
One thing I would say is that there is a huge amount of potential options in our standard range now, which has been expanding strongly over the last 3 years or so. I think people often forget just how much variety and optimisation can be delivered through custom programming one of these. Whether it’s an optimised brushless motor controller for a specific motor that you have chosen or reworking the core programme on the ZD10LCD to deliver the options you need, it is certainly worth a look before going ahead with a bespoke project.
Beyond that, I would just encourage anyone with any projects in this area to give us a call if they have any questions. As I say we have carried out a large number of projects in this area now so we often find that we have ideas our customer’s haven’t even thought of which can make a big difference to their project outcome, both commercially and technically speaking”.
Graham Fick – Head of Design at Zikodrive Motor Controllers