Rack-and-Pinion System

L Series

αSTEP AZ Series Equipped

Rack-and-Pinion System L Series αSTEP AZ Series Equipped
  • A Structure That Integrates a Rack-and-Pinion Mechanism with a Stepper Motor
  • Equipped with Closed Loop Stepper Motor
  • Stroke 100 to 1000 mm
  • Maximum Transportable Mass 100 kg

Tính năng |Rack-and-Pinion System L Series αSTEP AZ Series Equipped

Key Features

Compact Size and Maximum Transportable Mass of 100 kg

Maximum Transportable Mass 100 kg

Larger-diameter pinion with increased gear strength realizes a maximum transportable mass of 100 kg

Maximum Stroke 1000 mm

Product line includes strokes from 100~1000 mm

Compact size and maximum transportable mass of 100 kg

Comparison With Electric Linear Slide

The rack-and-pinion system can transport the transportable mass if it is mounted without consideration of the moment of inertia.

[For electric linear slide with ball screw mechanism]
For electric linear slide with ball screw mechanism
[For Rack-and-Pinion System]
For Rack-and-Pinion System

Overview of Rack-and-Pinion System

The rack-and-pinion system can easily convert the rotation of the motor into linear motion.
Although the linear motion mechanism part is compact in design, it can transport a large load due to its high strength processing.

Overview of Rack-and-Pinion System

Contributing to Design Efficiency

Reduces Startup Time

The rack-and-pinion system reduces the number of components traditionally used, significantly reducing the man-hours required for design and assembly.

Space Saving

By fixing the screw holes on both ends of the rack, the main unit can be self-propelled. This function is effective for equipment that is too small to provide motor space.

Comparison of number of parts

Allows Setting in mm Units

αSTEP AZ Series is used for the drive motor.
Using together with the MEXE02 support software makes setting travel amount in mm units easy, allowing for a variety of linear motion applications.

Support Software MEXE02

Minimum Travel Amount

High-Speed Type Large Transportable Mass Type
0.01 mm 0.001 mm

Operating Speed Range (For AC input type)

High-Speed Type Large Transportable Mass Type
Frame Size 60 mm Frame Size 80 mm
0~500 mm/s 0~90 mm/s 0~40 mm/s


The rack-and-pinion system, which can be applied to a variety of applications, is a user-friendly product that can be selected as if it were a component.

Rack Moving Direction Motor Fixed Rack Fixed
Parallel (B type)
Rack moving direction_parallel (B type)

Motor fixed application 1

Easily move objects by pushing or pulling.

Rack fixed application 1

A wide variety of stroke and speed is available.

Vertical (F type)
Rack moving direction_vertical (F type)

Motor fixed application 2

Vertical operation is also easy. Electromagnetic brake drop protection is also available.

Rack fixed application 2

Using the screw holes at the end of rack simplifies the fastening of loads and rack fixing.

Examples of In-House Production of Equipment Load Elevating and Lowering Equipment

Real examples from the Oriental Motor production facilities of load elevating and lowering equipment used to explain points for adoption of products.
Oriental Motor's extensive product lineup and wide range of services contribute to overall reduced costs, by shortening startup times, and equipment design with specifications to meet your needs.

Labor-Saving Ideas

At Japan's Manufacturing sites, labor shortages due to a decline in the working population associated with the decreasing birthrate and aging population is becoming an issue. Amidst this, there is an urgent need for labor-saving that reduces the burden of "heavy lifting work" and "repetitive work such as sorting." Rack-and-pinion system that transports high loads contributing to labor-saving in manufacturing operations.

Reducing the Burden on the Body
Loading and unloading of buckets, which places a burden on the body. Automatic lifting equipment using a rack-and-pinion system can reduce the burden on the operator.

Rack-and-Pinion System Labor-Saving Recommendations

Use Example for L Series (Automated lifting equipment demonstration unit)

Oriental Motor offers a demonstration unit (for exhibition) of the automatic lifting equipment using the L Series. With a simple mechanism, heavy objects up to 100 kg can be lifted and lowered. Refer to the video for details on lifting equipment.

Automatic Lifting Equipment Demonstration Unit
Power Supply Voltage: 100 VAC
Transportable Mass: 100 kg (at 20 mm/s)
Stroke: 600 mm

Proposal for Utilization of Rack-and-Pinion System L Series

Overview of Demonstration Unit Configuration

Product Name List Price
L Series F Type L Series F type LM4F40AZMC-6 106,500 JPY
Built-In Controller Type Driver Built-In Controller Type Driver AZD-AD 57,200 JPY
Flexible Connection Cable Set
(2 m)
Flexible Connection Cable CC020VZRB 11,800 JPY

Advantages of AZ Series Equipped

Battery-Free Absolute Encoder Equipped

It is equipped with a small battery-free mechanical absolute encoder (ABZO sensor). This can help improve productivity and reduce costs.

ABZO sensor
  • Mechanical-Type Sensor
    Retains positioning information even when power is not supplied
  • Multi-Rotation Absolute Encoder
    Absolute position detection is possible with ±900 (1,800) revolutions of the motor shaft from the home position

No External Sensors Required

As it is an absolute system, home sensors or limit sensors are not required.


  • Improved High-Speed Return-to-Home + Return-to-Home Accuracy
  • Reduced Cost
  • Simple Wiring
  • Not Affected by External Sensor Malfunction


Mechanical sensors do not require batteries.
Positioning information is managed mechanically by the ABZO Sensor.


  • No need to replace batteries
  • Unlimited Driver Installation Possibilities
  • Safe for Overseas Shipping

Simplifying the Main Program via Sequence Function

The AZ Series come equipped with a wide variety of sequence functions such as timer settings for linked operation and during operations, conditional branching, and loop operation. (excluding some models)
It can be set up using the support software MEXE02, which simplifies the sequence program of the host system.

  • Positioning Operation Data Setting Value (max. 256)
  • General-Purpose I/O Signal Counts (Input 10, Output 6)
  • Communication I/O Signal Counts (Input 16, Output 16)

Return-to-Home Not Required (Built-in controller type)

Even if the power shuts down during a positioning operation, the position information is retained. With the built-in controller type, the positioning operation can be restarted without performing return-to-home, after an emergency stop on the production line or a blackout.

Return-to-Home Not Required

Data Collection of Motor Operation Status and Functions Useful for Preventive and Predictive Maintenance

This software is equipped with various monitoring functions for checking the operating status of the motor.
By using different types of equipment for different situations, it is possible to shorten the start-up and adjustment time of the equipment, as well as to utilize it for maintenance and servicing.

Monitoring Function to Visualize the Motor Operating Status and Help Collect Data

The ABZO sensor bulit in the AZ Series allows you to monitor the motor's operating status numerically.

[Monitoring With MEXE02 Support Software]

Monitoring With MEXE02 Support Software

In addition, the built-in controller type can realize data collection at a host master via industrial network.

Types of network converters and the industrial networks they support

Information Functions Useful for Preventive and Predictive Maintenance

By setting arbitrary numerical values for the monitored information items, external signals can be output when the values are reached.
Importing this information into the host controller helps in early detection of problems and adjustment of product maintenance timing.

Examples of Information Functions

TRIP Information

You can set the number of rotations you want to output in advance, and output when that number is reached. (Motor operation will continue)

TRIP Information
Temperature Information

You can set the desired output temperature in advance, and the driver will output when it reaches that temperature. (Motor operation will continue)

Temperature Information

Standardized Wiring, Control, and Maintenance Parts

Various actuator products equipped with the αSTEP AZ Series are available.
Each of them has the same motor and driver, for standardized wiring, control, and maintenance parts.

Wiring Standardization

The wiring for motor cables, I/O signals, and power supply is the same.

Control Standardization

These products can be operated via the same method, since the control method is the same. For the network control, the remote I/O and the command code are also the same. It saves you the trouble of creating a program.

Unification of Maintenance Parts

Maintenance parts can be minimized, since the motor, driver, and cable are common to all. Management costs (parts cost, management space) can be reduced.

Standardization of Maintenance Parts

AZ Series-Equipped Product Line

Electric Actuators (AZ Series Equipped)

Electric Linear Slides Electric Cylinders Compact Electric Cylinders Rack-and-Pinion System Electric Grippers Hollow Rotary Actuators
EAS Series
EZS Series
EZSH Series
EAC Series DR Series
DRS2 Series
L Series
LJ Linear Heads
EH Series DGII Series
  • The power supply input of the installed motor differs between Series. Please refer to each series page for the detailed product line.

Driver Features and Product Line

Drivers That Can be Selected to Match the Host Controller

Driver Type Compatible Interfaces Single Axis Driver
AC Input DC Input
AC Input
DC Input
Network Compatible Drivers are controlled directly from a host control device through industrial network EtherCAT
Built-in Controller Operation data is built into the driver.
Controllable via Modbus (RTU) and I/O. Can be controlled via CC-Link by using a network converter.
Modbus (RTU)
Pulse Input with RS-485 Communication Controlled by pulse signal. Motor status information can be monitored via Modbus (RTU). Pulse input
Modbus (RTU)
Pulse Input Controlled by pulse signal Pulse input
  • *EtherCAT® is registered trademark and patented technology, licensed by Beckhoff Automation GmbH, Germany.
  • *EtherNet/IP™ is a trademark of ODVA.
  • *PROFINET is a trademark or registered trademark of PROFIBUS Nutzerorganisation e.V. (PNO).
  • *MECHATROLINK is a registered trademark of the MECHATROLINK Members Association.
  • *SSCNETⅢ/H is a registered trademark of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation.
  • *CC-Link is a registered trademark of the CC-Link Partner Association.

Easy Drive From PC with Support Software MEXE02

By using the support software MEXE02, you can set and edit operation data and various parameters, as well as teach and monitor various conditions.

Click Here to Download the Support Software

Comprehensive Support From Start-up to Maintenance with a Variety of Functions

  • Startup and Evaluation

    Useful functions for wiring check and test operation are provided.

    • Setting and Saving of Operation Data
    • I/O Monitoring
    • Teaching, Remote Operation
  • Adjustment

    The following functions are available to help you adjust motor operation after the equipment is installed.

    • Waveform Monitoring
  • Diagnosis and Maintenance

    Diagnostic and maintenance functions are available for trouble diagnosis and maintenance after operation is started.

    • Alarm Monitoring
    • Unit Information Monitor
    • Status Monitor
  • Operation Data/Parameter Setting Screen
    Operation Data/Parameter Setting Screen
  • Waveform Monitoring
    Waveform Monitoring

Click Here for Details of Support Software Functions

Product Line

Please purchase the rack and pinion motor, driver and connection cable separately.

L Series DSC Series Equipped

Rack Moving Direction Frame Size
Type Power Supply Input Transportable Mass
Operating Speed Range
Motor Electromagnetic Brake
Horizontal (B type)
Vertical (F type)
60 High speed AC 7 0 to 500 100 to 800 AZM66 Blank/Included
10 0 to 250
DC 5 0 to 200 100 to 500
10 0 to 100
Large transportable mass AC 30 0 to 90 100 to 800
DC 0 to 50 100 to 500
80 High speed AC 7 0 to 500 100 to 1,000
20 0 to 250
DC 7 0 to 150
20 0 to 60
Large transportable mass AC 70 0 to 40
100 0 to 20
DC 50 0 to 20
100 0 to 10


Driver Type Power Supply Input
Driver (AZ Series equipped DC input built-in controller type) Built-In Controller Single-Phase 100-120
Single-Phase/Three-Phase 200-240
Pulse Input With RS-485 Communication
Pulse Input
EtherCAT Compatible
EtherNet/IP Compatible
PROFINET Compatible
MECHATROLINK-III Compatible Single-Phase 100-120
Single-Phase/Three-Phase 200-240
SSCNET III/H Compatible

Connection Cable Sets/Flexible Connection Cable Sets

  • Motor cable from motor cannot be connected directly to driver. Find the right connection cable.
  • Use flexible connection cables for applications where cables are bent.
For type without electromagnetic brake 0.5~20
For Electromagnetic Brake Type

The Shortest Positioning Time Can be Easily Calculated

For the L Series rack-and-pinion system, a support tool is available to calculate positioning time as a reference according to the "Model" and "Operation Conditions."

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  • *EtherCAT® is registered trademark and patented technology, licensed by Beckhoff Automation GmbH, Germany.
  • *MECHATROLINK is a registered trademark of MECHATROLINK Members Association.
  • *SSCNETⅢ/H is a registered trademark of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation.

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