- 1 Disclaimer
- 2 Precautions
- 3 Conventions used throughout this document
- 4 Device Overview
- 5 Installation
- 6 Warranty and Repair
- 7 Email Updates
- 8 Contact Information
- 9 Appendix A: Default Settings
Zaber’s products are not intended for use in any critical medical, aviation, or military applications or situations where a product's use or failure could cause personal injury, death, or damage to property. Zaber disclaims any and all liability for injury or other damages resulting from the use of our products.
Zaber's autodetect peripheral axes are designed to be used effortlessly with Zaber's line of autodetect controllers. The LAC includes onboard memory that allows Zaber's controllers to autodetect the model and set reasonable parameters. See the Protocol Manual for more information on how to modify the settings. Damage to the axis may result if the settings are not correct. To use your Zaber peripheral with a third-party controller, review the motor, sensor, and encoder specifications and pin-outs carefully.
Zaber’s motion control devices are precision instruments and must be handled with care. In particular, moving parts must be treated with care. Avoid axial loads in excess of the rated thrust load, axial and radial impact, dust and other contaminants and damage to the lead screw thread. These will reduce the performance of the device below stated specifications.
Conventions used throughout this document
- Fixed width type indicates communication to and from a device. The ↵ symbol indicates a carriage return, which can be achieved by pressing enter when using a terminal program.
- An ASCII command followed by (T:xx) indicates a legacy T-Series Binary Protocol command that achieves the same result. For example,
- move abs 10000 (T:20:10000) shows that a move abs ASCII command can also be achieved with Binary command number 20.
- Not all ASCII commands have an equivalent Binary counterpart.
Your LAC peripheral is equipped with AutoDetect, a feature that allows a Zaber controller to automatically configure its settings for the peripheral when it is connected.
To connect the peripheral to a controller:
- Power off the controller.
- Connect the LAC peripheral.
- Power on the controller.
- The controller will activate the peripheral shortly after it is powered on.
Recommended controller(s) for your LAC peripheral are provided in the product specifications. Zaber's controllers and peripherals are designed for ease of use when used together. Optimal settings for each peripheral are automatically detected by Zaber's controllers when the device is connected.
For reference, the pinout for the peripheral cable connectors is shown below:
Pinout for D-sub 15 Connectors (peripherals)
|T3A Peripheral (male)|
|T4A Peripheral (male)|
|1||+5V for Limits & Encoder|
Not all pins are used for all models
The LAC can be controlled by any 2-phase stepper motor controller with limit sensor input. We do not recommend using your own controller unless you are familiar with how to control a stepper motor with hall sensor limit switches. Damage to the stage due to incorrect wiring is not covered by warranty.
For motor information see the LAC product page
Hall effect sensors are used in the LAC as home sensors. The Hall sensors used are part number A1120LLHLT-T made by Allegro. Click here for data sheet. Your controller should be configured so the stage stops immediately (quick deceleration) when the sensors are triggered.
- PCB wire colour code:
- 5 Vdc input - red
- Home signal - yellow
- Away signal - white
- Ground - black
The Hall sensor has an open-collector output. The default output is high impedance when the Hall sensor is not active. When the sensor detects a magnet, the Hall sensor pulls the output low to ground.
If you are not using a Zaber controller, ensure that your controller has a pull-up resistor on the output line of each Hall sensor as shown in the diagram. The bypass capacitor is optional, but may help to eliminate false triggering in noisy environments. The typical value for the pull-up resistor (RLOAD) is 10 kΩ and for the bypass capacitor is 0.1 uF to 1 uF. The larger the capacitance, the better the noise filtering but the slower the response time.
You can mount the actuator by using the 9.5mm mounting shank. Tighten a clamp around the shank or secure the included 3/8-32 screw on the other side of the hole. See the LAC webpage for dimensions and other details. We recommend using an AMB095 or similar for mounting.
Removing Ball Tip
The LAC actuators come with a 2.5mm diameter ball tip. You can remove the ball tip and use the M3 threaded tip. To remove the tip, extend the shaft so you can grip it between your fingers. Hold the spline shaft in one hand and unscrew the ball tip with the other hand. Caution: Do not unscrew the ball tip while holding the actuator body. This could apply too much torque to the spline and loosen its fit to the internal bushing which can increase backlash and reduce lifetime. The ball is separate from the ball holder. Be careful not to lose the ball after you loosen the ball holder.
There is an adhesive on the threads of the ball tip to ensure that it does not come off accidentally, so a fair bit of force may be needed to remove the tip. Pliers can be used on the tip, but the spline shaft should only be grasped by hand or with a soft tool (plastic or rubber) to avoid damaging it.
Warranty and Repair
For Zaber's policies on warranty and repair, please refer to the Ordering Policies.
Standard products are any part numbers that do not contain the suffix ENG followed by a 4 digit number. Most, but not all, standard products are listed for sale on our website. All standard Zaber products are backed by a one-month satisfaction guarantee. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, we will refund your payment minus any shipping charges. Goods must be in brand new saleable condition with no marks. Zaber products are guaranteed for one year. During this period Zaber will repair any products with faults due to manufacturing defects, free of charge.
Custom products are any part numbers containing the suffix ENG followed by a 4 digit number. Each of these products has been designed for a custom application for a particular customer. Custom products are guaranteed for one year, unless explicitly stated otherwise. During this period Zaber will repair any products with faults due to manufacturing defects, free of charge.
How to return products
Customers with devices in need of return or repair should contact Zaber to obtain an RMA form which must be filled out and sent back to us to receive an RMA number. The RMA form contains instructions for packing and returning the device. The specified RMA number must be included on the shipment to ensure timely processing.
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Contact Zaber Technologies Inc by any of the following methods:
1-888-276-8033 (toll free in North America)
|#2 - 605 West Kent Ave. N., Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V6P 6T7|
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The original instructions for this product are available at https://www.zaber.com/manuals/LAC.
Appendix A: Default Settings
Please see the Zaber Support Page for default settings for this device.