Stepper motor for flammable environments

Louise Smyth

Applied Motion Products introduces the first commercially-available step motor internationally-certified for use in hazardous locations throughout the USA, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East. Offering high-performance motion control in the challenging environments of oil, gas, printing, and paint finishing applications, the HX56-100 Hazardous Location Stepper Motor features ATEX and IECEx certifications for Class 1, Zone 1 locations, UL-Listed for Class 1, Division 1, Group C and D locations and Type 4X and an IP66-rated enclosure.

Class I hazardous locations are areas where flammable gases, vapours or liquids are, or may be, present in the air in quantities sufficient to produce explosive or ignitable mixtures. Zone 1, also known as Division 1, defines a hazardous location in which flammable gases, vapours or liquids exist all of the time or some of the time under normal operating conditions. 

The HX56-100 Stepper Motor is specifically designed for use with the STAC6-Q-H Stepper Drive, the first step motor drive internationally certified for use in hazardous locations. The STAC6-Q-H features an anti-resonance algorithm that ensures optimal torque performance from the HX56-100 over a wide speed range. Microstepping ensures smooth, high resolution positioning. The drive is capable of running stored programs created with Applied Motion’s Q programming language, and has sufficient input/output signals to connect to multiple external devices or sensors.  


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