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Frequently Asked Questions

Controller Installation


Does OMS Motion have an installation diagram, which shows me the basic requirements of installing an OMS motion controller?

Please contact us to receive full instructions on how to install your specific OMS motion controller.


Firmware Updates


Does OMS Motion customize firmware?

Yes, OMS Motion has the ability to customize firmware to meet customers' unique needs. Simply request a quote for a custom product for more specific information.


Does OMS Motion have a firmware updates available?

Yes. The latest OMS Motion product firmware may be available for 'field' upgrade, or performed at the factory via the RMA process. Contact Customer Service or Support for more information about firmware upgrades for your specific OMS motion controller.


Tuning Software


Does OMS Motion have a software package to assist in the set-up and tuning of a servo motor?

Yes, OMS Motion has a Servo Motor Tuning Assistant that provides the user with significant graphic information and assists in the set-up and tuning of a servo motor.  The tuning software may be downloaded from the software page on this site or contact OMS Motion Technical Support to receive a copy of the tuning assistant.


Return Material Authorization


May I have a motion controller repaired by OMS Motion?

Yes, OMS Motion has an evaluation and repair process, which makes it easy for you: First, contact OMS Customer Service by e-mail, by fax 1-503- 629-0688, or by phone 1-800-707-8111 to obtain a Returned Material Authorization (RMA) number. Please be prepared to provide the following information: Company Name; Your Name; Address; Phone; Fax; Ship-To Address; Model; Serial Number(s) (Example: PCIx, S/N 1234); and purpose for the evaluation and repair (description of the problem). A credit card number or purchase order number will also be necessary. OMS' standard process takes up to 20 business days from receipt of the product to evaluate, test, repair (if repairable), and re-test the controller. It is OMS' standard procedure to update the firmware to the latest version unless you specify the original version, which came with the motion controller. Contact OMS Motion Customer Service for fees on our standard evaluation and repair.


Software Support Policy


What is OMS' current Software Support Policy?

A variety of support software is available for OMS motion controllers. This support is limited and designated for specified operating systems. OMS Motion makes every attempt to provide this software free from defect and fully operational with OMS Motion controllers. Any suspected defect in this software should be reported directly to OMS Motion. OMS Motions' motion controllers have been successfully operated on the Windows®, Linux and DOS operating systems for several years, however OMS Motion no longer support some legacy operating systems. This is due in part to discontinued support by Microsoft® and hardware vendors. For additional information about support life cycles of products, please contact us.


Discontinued Controllers

Why is OMS Motion discontinuing some motion controllers?

OMS Motion has worked to maintain the availability of our mature product lines (25+ years in some cases). Availability of purchased components to build these products is the gating factor. As the manufacturers discontinue these components, OMS Motion takes the opportunity to purchase inventory of the components. As the supply of those components is consumed and OMS Motion reaches the end of the supply, the product family may be discontinued. In most cases, OMS Motion has designed new controller families to replace the obsolete controller families. Technical Support can help you in determining the correct new product family.  OMS Motion continues to maintain component inventory to provide evaluation and repair maintenance for most of the older motion controllers. The procedure for taking advantage of the evaluation and repair capability is covered in the Appendix of the User Manual. 

Does OMS Motion have follow-up products for the legacy products, such as PC48, family of motion controllers?

In some cases there may not be a direct drop-in replacement. The PC48 family was discontinued around 2006 though OMS Motion continued to provide service and support for many years following.  OMS recommends the PCI bus products (PCIx and MAXnet) as replacements.  In this case the communications interface and I/O connectors are different though the command syntax is backwards compatible.  Contact OMS Motion Support for more information on switching to another family of controllers.

Are there manuals available for discontinued products?

In many cases manuals for older products are available but not all.  Contact Customer Service for more information.

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