New Focus, a Newport Corporation brand, announces the new Model 8742 Open-Loop Picomotor Controller/Driver module with four channels. The compact, single-box design with an integrated controller and driver provides a solution for driving New Focus open-loop Picomotor products. The new module can be computer-controlled with plug-and-play ease via the universal serial bus (USB) 2.0 and the 10/100 Ethernet interfaces using Newport’s Motion Control Language (NMCL) command set.
Advanced features for Model 8742 include Picomotor auto-detection technology, an embedded dynamic hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP) server and connectivity supported by LabVIEW and Windows dynamic link library (DLL). The graphical user interface (GUI) Windows application includes a device auto-discovery component. This open-loop Picomotor controller/driver is being offered as a stand-alone unit or as a 4-axis kit to include all the necessary cables and accessories. This kit is also bundled with two Clear Edge Picomotor mounts.
Each controller/driver can control one of four 4-pin RJ-22 single output ports for use with any single-channel Picomotor actuator. Other accessories include a multi-axis adapter that can be used to connect the 4-pin RJ-22 output ports to the New Focus Picomotor products with 6-pin RJ-11 connectors. Suitable for a wide variety of scientific applications, New Focus’s 4-channel controller/driver is Conformité Européenne (CE) and Restriction of Hazardous Substances (ROHS) compliant and is available now for shipping.