- 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 RST 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 rotary motion control devices are precision instruments and must be handled with care. In particular, moving parts must be treated with care. Avoid torque loads in excess of the rated maximum torque load, impact, dust and other contaminants and damage to the drive system. 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 RST 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 RST peripheral.
- Power on the controller.
- The controller will activate the peripheral shortly after it is powered on.
Recommended controller(s) for your RST 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 RST 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 RST product page
Hall effect sensors are used in the RST 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 RST series rotary stages by the up to four M6 or 1/4"x20 mounting holes on the bottom flanges of the stage. There are also M6 threaded holes on the sides of the stage available for mounting purposes. See the RST web page for dimensions, technical specifications and other details.
To prevent damage to the device due to static buildup, the device should be properly grounded.
Failure to ground the unit may result in the unit shutting down unexpectedly or ceasing to communicate with the computer. This problem can be minimized by not touching the unit during operation. If the unit fails due to static discharge, unplugging it and plugging it back in or sending a Restore Settings command will usually fix the problem.
Most Zaber devices are grounded via the shield wire of the data cables. This should normally provide a path to ground via the computer. For units which are being used without a computer, a ground lead should be connected to the shield of one of the data cables.
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/RST.
Appendix A: Default Settings
Please see the Zaber Support Page for default settings for this device.