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Novanta IMS


Novanta IMS is a manufacturer of motion control components for automation equipment. The company is a proven leader in innovative motion control solutions for stepper motors and electronic controls, and the world leader in integrated motor drives with the MDrive® product line. Their experienced team of Connecticut-based engineers continue to develop innovative solutions in brushless motor technology and electronic controls for applications demanding highly precise, controlled movement in areas including medical instruments, lab automation, assembly, robotics, semiconductor manufacturing, packaging, laser marking and pick-and-place.

Liberty MDrive 

Robust Liberty MDrive products integrate 1.8° 2-phase stepper motors with onboard drive electronics, a controller with up to 8 I/O. Feedback options include open loop, or closed loop with a 1000 line (4000 counts/rev) incremental or multi-turn absolute encoder. Both encoder options feature hMT closed loop performance.

This high degree of integration can reduce machine complexity, size and cost in many stepper and servo motor applications. Lexium MDrive delivers exceptional performance and smoothness with advanced current control. Ideal for machine builders who want an optimized motor with on-board electronics, Lexium MDrive products are well suited for industrial applications.


Features include:

  • Open loop, or closed loop with either an incremental or multi-turn absolute encoder

  • Supports Ethernet, Ethernet/IP, Profibus, Modbus TCP, CANopen, and RS-422/485 communication protocols

  • Built-in protection circuitry

  • IP65 rating with M12 connectors

  • Input power range from +12 up to +70 VDC

  • Auxiliary logic power supply input

  • 20 microstep resolutions to 51,200 steps/rev

  • Programmable motor run and hold currents

  • Motor Sizes Include: NEMA 17, 23, 34 - All Available in 3 stack lenghts

Liberty MDrive Linear

Robust Lexium MDrive (LMD) linear motion products integrate either a NEMA 17 or NEMA 23 stepper motor with external shaft linear actuator. Linear motion is produced by ACME screw/nut systems mounted to a motor’s driving shaft. Products include onboard drive electronics and controller with up to 8 I/O. Feedback options include open loop or closed loop with a 1000 line (4000 count/rev) internal incremental or multi-turn absolute encoder with hMT closed loop  performance.

External Shaft Linear Actuator 

OEMs who want to reduce machine size, cost and complexity will find robust LMD Linear Actuator products deliver exceptional performance and value for many linear motion applications.

MDrive Plus 

For both new and existing applications, if space is extremely limited, MDrive Plus products may be your best fit. These ultra-compact, integrated motor products are offered with a wide range of features and options. Matching these to your system requirements, you get products built-to-order at competitive prices with quick turn shipping available, delivering your best solution. MDrive Plus products integrate electronics onto 1.8° 2-phase stepper motors, NEMA sizes 14 to 34. Control types range from CANopen to serial RS-422/485 with up to 8 I/O, +5 to +24 VDC, and programmable memory. 


Features include:

  • Input power ranges from +12 up to +75 VDC and 120 to 240 VAC

  • Auxiliary logic power supply input

  • 20 microstep resolutions to 51,200 steps/rev

  • IP54 & IP65 products available

  • Up to 8 I/O, with choice of standard (Plus) or expanded (Plus2) performance

  • Supported communication protocols include: RS-422/485 Programmable, CANopen, Step&Dir/ Speed Control

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