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Stepper Motor Ratings And Specifications
- Mar 17, 2017 -

Stepper motors' nameplates typically give only the winding current and occasionally the voltage and winding resistance. The rated voltage will produce the rated winding current at DC: but this is mostly a meaningless rating, as all modern drivers are current limiting and the drive voltages greatly exceed the motor rated voltage.

A stepper's low speed torque will vary directly with current. How quickly the torque falls off at faster speeds depends on the winding inductance and the drive circuitry it is attached to, especially the driving voltage.

Steppers should be sized according to published torque curve, which is specified by the manufacturer at particular drive voltages or using their own drive circuitry.

Step motors adapted to harsh environments are often referred to as IP65 rated.

The US National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) standardises various aspects of stepper motors. They are typically referred with NEMA DD, where DD is the diameter of the faceplate in inches × 10 (e.g., NEMA 17 has diameter of 1.7 inches). There are further specifiers to describe stepper motors, and such details may be found in the ICS 16-2001 standard (section4.3.1.1) .There are also useful summaries and further information on the repara