Users can mix and match drive types (linear versus PWM, brush or brushless, stepper, etc.) within the same positioning system, using a common programming and control platform. One Windows PC operates multiple controllers through Ethernet or USB. Standard interfaces include a joystick port, RS-232, Ethernet port, and USB 2.0 port. Standard on each axis of the I/O are a 16-bit ±10-Vdc analog input, dedicated home marker input, overtravel limits, Hall inputs for motor commutation, and E-stop input.

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