The MD-2 Program

Each MD-2 system comes complete with our DOS-based MD-2 motion control program, which gives you complete control of up to 6 motors from a single computer. Motor speed, travel distance, limits, units, and other parameters can be edited easily and saved to disk. Single and dual-motor moves, including linear and circular interpolation, are also possible. The powerful teach mode feature creates programs automatically as you control motors via the keyboard or joystick. These BASIC-like programs can be maintained with the editor, saved to disk, and recalled whenever needed. On-Line help guides your usage and gives explanations for each motor parameter. The software can be run from floppy or hard disk (1.5MBfree required) and will operate on low-end XT-class as well as high-speed systems. A 386 or faster processor, mouse, and hard disk are recommended for best performance.

MD-2 Program Features

  • Control of up to 6 motors
  • On-line help
  • Keyboard/joystick control
  • Teach mode
  • Absolute/relative moves
  • Linear interpolation
  • Circular interpolation
  • User-definable units
  • Adjustable accel/decel
  • Backlash compensation
  • Programmable soft limits
  • Half and full step modes
  • Use from DOS batch files
  • Program editor
  • And much more . . .

Subroutine Libraries
The MD-2 system also includes a complete set of subroutine libraries written in all popular languages. This allows the creation of custom motion control programs, which provide the features and user interface you desire. The subroutine libraries can be used in conjunction with libraries from data acquisition products to solve complex control and automation tasks. Source code for each of these libraries are supplied along with documentation and example programs. It may be necessary to use third party tools to allow certain languages such as VB4/5, and certain operating systems such as Windows NT to access the parallel printer port. Visit our FAQ for links to these tools.

Specifications and Prices
There are 3 MD-2 sizes to choose from. Notice the different torque values.

Model: MD-2a
The MD-2a is our smallest system and is capable of driving all of our linear and rotary positioning tables with moderate payloads and speed.
Would you like to see a drawing of the MD-2a motor?
Size: #23 motors, 2.3″ dia, 2.3″ long, 1/4″ shaft
Resolution: .9 degree steps, (400 per revolution)
Speed: 10,000 steps per second maximum
Torque: 50 in/oz holding, 15-35 in/oz running
Price: $700.00 US
Shipping weight: 10 lbs.
UPS Shipping cost in U.S.: $10.00

Model: MD-2b
Having 3 times the torque of the MD-2a system, the MD-2b can be used with our X and XY positioning tables to move larger payloads faster.
Would you like to see a drawing of the MD-2b motor?
Size: #23 motors, 2.3″ dia, 4″ long, 1/4″ shaft
Resolution: .9 degree steps, (400 per revolution)
Speed: 10,000 steps per second maximum
Torque: 150 in/oz holding, 50-100 in/oz running
Price: $1,000.00 US
Shipping weight: 15 lbs.
UPS Shipping cost in U.S.: $10.00

Model: MD-2c
The MD-2c is our largest system offering large, strong motors. I/O port also included. Would you like to see a drawing of the MD-2c motor?
Size: #34 motors, 3.4″ dia, 3.7″ long, 3/8″ shaft
Resolution: .9 degree steps, (400 per revolution)
Speed: 10,000 steps per second maximum
Torque: 300 in/oz holding, 100-200 in/oz running
Price: $1,400.00 US
Shipping weight: 20 lbs.
UPS Shipping cost in U.S.: $10.00