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The Effect of Voltage on the Performance of Stepper Motors

Under different voltages, the performance of stepper motors will be different. Generally, the higher the voltage, the better the speed and torque performance of the stepper motor. However, increasing the voltage also causes an increase in current, which may overheat the motor and possibly even damage the driver.

When working under high voltage, the vibration of the motor at low speed will be larger. We recommend that the driving voltage be selected according to the size of the motor base (but may be limited by the driver).

NEMA8 - 1712 - 24VDC
NEMA23 - 2424 - 48VDC
NEMA3436 - 60VDC
NEMA4260 - 100VDC

In order to properly drive a stepper motor at different voltages, the following points need to be considered:

Current: The stepper motor has a rated current, which is the best working current considered in the design. If the current exceeds the rated value, the electric
The machine may overheat and be damaged. At different voltages, the current may vary. To protect the motor, a current limit can be used
driver to control the current.

Driver: In order to properly drive the stepper motor at different voltages, an appropriate driver needs to be used. The driver should be able to input
The voltage adjusts the output current to maintain a constant current. This can be achieved by using a constant current source driver, which automatically adjusts the output
output voltage to maintain a constant current.

In summary, stepper motors work at different voltages as follows: A change in voltage causes a change in current, so you need to use an appropriate driver to protect the motor and achieve optimum performance. When designing the system, the rated voltage and current of the motor should be considered and an appropriate driver should be selected
and control strategies.

Updated on: 31/10/2023

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