What’s the difference between servo and closed loop stepper motors?

Servo and closed loop stepper motor have similar construction and share the same fundamental operating principle. Both motor types incorporate a rotor with permanent magnets and a stator with coiled windings … and both are operated by energizing or applying a dc voltage to the stator windings. That then causes the rotor to move. However, this is where the similarities between servo and stepper motors end.

Drive methods for stepper motors

Stepper motors have 50 to 100 poles and are two-phase devices.

In contrast, servo motors have between four and 12 poles and are three-phase devices.

What is more, stepper motor driver generate sine waves with a frequency that changes with speed … but with an amplitude that is constant.

What’s the difference between servo and closed loop stepper motors?

Servo drives, on the other hand, produce sine waves with variable frequency and amplitude — allowing them to control both speed and torque.

Control methods for stepper motors

Traditional stepper motors move when they receive a command to advance a certain number of pulses, which correlate to a distance. Steppers are considered open-loop systems because they lack a feedback mechanism to verify that the target position has been reached. Servo motors also move on receipt of a command signal from their controller. In contrast to the open-loop operation of stepper motor systems, servo motors are closed-loop systems, with built-in encoders that continuously communicate back to the controller, which makes any needed adjustments to ensure the target position is reached. Closed-loop stepper motors eliminate many of the disadvantages of traditional open-loop stepper systems, making them similar in performance to servo motors. But servo motors outperform even closed-loop steppers in applications that require high speed, high torque at high speed, or the ability to handle changing loads.

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Several innovations combine to provide more continuous motor performance.The ribbed motor housing and internal construction provide a better thermal path from the stator to free-air and the front mounting face, resulting in significantly more thermal conductivity than other motors. Additionally, the FEA-optimized electromagnetic design ensures that this motor is a more efficient converter of electrical to mechanical power (i.e., high motor constant) which means that less motor power is lost to
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Special attention was paid to the interaction of the rotor’s magnetic field with the stator’s tooth design with regard to detent (or cogging) torque. Low detent
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How to drive a stepper motor?

There are 2 approaches to driving a hybrid stepper motor.

The simplest is just to connect DC to each winding in turn, via switches (FETs, driver ICs). And in that case, use 4.8V (5V – switch losses) as you confirmed from current and resistance. This is fine at low and medium speeds.

How to drive a stepper motor?

If you need maximum performance, you’ll find the motor’s inductance attenuates short pulses, so running the motor faster reduces its torque. You can overcome this with a more complex stepper driver, supplying pulses at the recommended 12-24V, to maintain current and torque at higher speeds.

Each pulse is maintained at a high voltage for long enough to build the rated current in the phase, then it should reduce in voltage to the safe level of 4.8V for the remainder of a slow pulse or steady state. This reduction in voltage can either be timed, or achieved by monitoring and limiting the drive current.

So both voltage ratings can be correct : 4.8V continuous, and 12-24V for an optional boost to high speed performance.

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