Cables


  • Encoder Cables
  • Stepper Motor Drive Cables
  • Power Supply Cables
  • Linear Stage Limit Switch Cables
  • Brush and Stepper Motor Cables
  • 14, 16, 18, and 20 Size Wire Gauges
  • Custom Lengths
  • USB Communication Cables
  • RS232 Communication Cables

Frequently Asked Questions
What is the recommended cable distance between Anaheim Automation stepper motors and drivers?
We recommend that the wiring between stepper motors and drivers not exceed 25 feet. Although it is not required, we suggest using Anaheim Automation shielded motor cable. This cable is ideally suited to handle all driver and motor combinations that we offer. We can also add connectors to the cables. Please contact an Applications Engineer for more details.

What is the recommended cable distance between Anaheim Automation BLDC motors and drivers?
We recommend that the wiring between BLDC motors and controller not exceed 25 feet. Although it is not required, we suggest using Anaheim Automation shielded motor cable. This cable is ideally suited to handle all driver and motor combinations that we offer. We can also add connectors to the cables. Please contact an Applications Engineer for more details.

What type of cables do I need to use for connecting an encoder to a system (e.g. driver, controller)?
There are certain factors which need to be considered in determining the proper cables suitable for a specific application.

• How long the cable needs to be run
• System signal requirements (e.g. pull-up, open collector, line driver)
• Environment the cables will be exposed to (i.e. temperature)

*Note: By understanding these factors can help maximize the efficiency of the magnetic encoder.

What is the maximum length for Anaheim Automation's servo motor cables?
The maximum cable length for the servo cables is 15M. This is for both the encoder and the motor power cables.

What is the servo motor operation test?
There are several ways to test servo motors. In this example, we will use the Jog Function of the EDB driver to test the Driver, Motor and Cables.

1. Press the Mode Button twice to get to FN000
2. Press the INC button twice to get to FN002
3. Press the ENTER button to enter JOG mode.
4. Press the MODE button to enable servo to run
5. Press the INC or DEC to move the motor. The INC should move the motor CW, the DEC should move the motor CCW
6. You should have motor movement now. Press MODE to disable the servo
7. Press ENTER to exit JOG mode. Display should now read Fn002
8. Press MODE 2 more times to return to FIRST display screen


Do I need to purchase a cable with my stepper motor and driver purchase?
We do recommend purchasing the applicable cables. However, when installing a stepper motor, driver and/or controller, it is not necessary to purchase the cables from Anaheim Automation if the user is careful in their selection of wires and connectors. Be sure to inspect all terminal blocks and connectors, and check cabling/wiring for accuracy. Choose the correct wire gauge for the distance (cable length) to make certain it is sufficient. Whenever possible, use Anaheim Automation’s cables, as they are matched to the specific products, and contain a shield to help prevent electrical noise in the motion system. A poorly wired system can cause intermittent and erratic stepper motor function, and in some cases, can do damage to the electronics. NOTE: Do not match your cable wires to the gauge size of the step motor lead wires, this is a common mistake.

Can I order stepper motors with cables and connectors added? How do I go about it?
Yes. Look at our motor cables, under Accessories on our web site to choose the style and length of cable

Can I order stepper motors with encoders added? How do I go about it?
Yes. Encoders can not only be added to stepper motors, but brushless motors as well. Please refer to our Encoders located under Accessories on our web site. Anaheim Automation offers a line of single-ended or differential incremental rotary encoders. These encoders are available in sizes to cover NEMA 08 to 42 motors. These encoders have the capability to track from 0 to 100,000 cycles per second, with options of 32 to 2,500 cycles per revolution, with or without index features. Encoders are configured as motor adders, for dual shaft motors, or can be purchased separately, located on our Encoder web pages. Encoder cables are available, but also purchased separately.

Can I order stepper motor cable in any length?
Motor cable information can be found under Accessories, Cable, Motor Cut-to-Length. Anaheim Automation's Cut-to-Length Motor Cables are shielded for added protection. They are sold in 1 foot increments, minimum of 5 feet, in 14, 16, 18, and 20 gauge, in 4, 6 or 8 wire configurations, with optional AMP or Mini Fit Jr. Connector adders. Note: The 20 gauge cables are intended for very short runs. Please contact an Anaheim Automation Applications Engineer if you require a motor cable longer than 25 feet in length.

Can I order stepper motor cable in any length?
Motor cable information can be found under Accessories, Cable, Motor Cut-to-Length. Anaheim Automation's Cut-to-Length Motor Cables are shielded for added protection. They are sold in 1 foot increments, minimum of 5 feet, in 14, 16, 18, and 20 gauge, in 4, 6 or 8 wire configurations, with optional AMP or Mini Fit Jr. Connector adders. Note: The 20 gauge cables are intended for very short runs. Please contact an Anaheim Automation Applications Engineer if you require a motor cable longer than 25 feet in length.

How can I increase noise immunity when using an encoder?
To improve noise immunity of an encoder apply the following steps:

1. Separate motor and power cables from encoder wires
2. Always separate the cables of encoder channels from one another
3. Use shielded cables for encoder output
4. Using proper encoder cable lengths for the type of encoder being used
5. Other noise suppressing devices may be need in noisy environments

Note: By understand these factors, signal clarity and accuracy of the encoder can be maximized.

Who is the mating connector manufacturer of the ENC-EC35 Rotary Encoders?
The mating connector manufacturer for the ENC-EC35 cable connector is JAE. Please refer to the below part numbers for customers seeking to make their own cables for these types of rotary encoders.

Shell Part Number: JAE# FI-W15S
Pins Part Number: JAE# FI-C3-A1-15000.

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