Motor Control hands-on workshop series

ST Motor Control workshop series

Putting the right spin on Stepper and Brushless DC motors, powered by ST!


Free one-day, hands-on workshop | Feb - Nov 2020
8 dates & locations

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Due to the recent developments surrounding COVID-19, we have decided to postpone the upcoming ST hands-on training workshops. We do have plans to reschedule as many of the workshops as possible for later this year and will communicate new dates as venues are rescheduled.

The health and safety of our patrons, sponsors and employees remains top priority. Thank you for your continued interest in the STMicroelectronics workshops, and we hope to see you soon at a future training session.

Receive two complementary motor control development kits while learning the theory and control techniques for spinning DC Stepper and Brushless DC (BLDC) motors.

Join ST for a free one-day workshop, where our motor control experts will explain the principles behind stepper and BLDC motor rotation, explore their main control methodologies, and guide you through hands-on practical exercises using real motors and our free software. We will provide you with all the required materials, including motors and power supply, which are yours to keep after the workshop.

The training will be divided into 2 parts: DC stepper motors and BLDC motors.

The morning session will be dedicated to DC stepper motors, with an initial discussion on theory of operation followed by practical exercises spinning the motor. We will cover some of the most critical aspects of stepper motors, such as limitations, voltage mode control, current mode control, and speed/torque, all with the aid of a simple-to-use graphical user interface (GUI) and real-time support from our onsite technical experts.

The afternoon session will focus on BLDC motors, beginning with theory and then moving to a discussion on some of the more interesting BLDC control methodologies, such as Field Oriented Control (donkey and carrot example) and Sensorless vs. Sensored feedback control. We will then guide you through exercises to run your motor implementing both 6-step and FOC control methods.

Who should attend?

This workshop is intended for engineers and professionals involved in motor control design or implementation, or those wishing to expand their knowledge about motor control theory and practical application. 

Registration information:

There is no charge to participate in this event, but it is necessary to register through

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Workshop Agenda:

8:00 – 9:00

  • Registration and system check for pre-installed tools

Morning session: Stepper motors with STSPIN820 / POWERSTEP01

9:00 – 10:00

  • Stepper motor fundamentals
  • Theory: What makes a stepper turn?
  • Voltage and current mode drive
  • Limitations, speed/torque, ect.

10:00 – 11:30

  • Using the GUI to evaluate motor operation
  • Configuring motor control parameters with the GUI
  • Implementing a drive based on the firmware pack

11:30 – 12:30

  • Lunch

Afternoon session: BLDC motors with STSPIN32F0

12:30 – 1:30

  • BLDC theory and fundamentals
  • # pole pairs
  • What makes FOC work (donkey and carrot example)
  • Sensorless vs. Sensored feedback control

1:30 – 3:00

  • Implementing a 6-step drive

3:00 – 4:30

  • Implementing a FOC drive


You will need a laptop with a Type A USB port and administrator rights running Windows 7 or later, or a MacBook running Windows (Parallels, VM Fusion, etc.), with a minimum 2 GHz processor, 4 GBs of RAM and 10 GBs of free disk space. You will need to install the .NET Framework 2.0, if not already present in your system. For laptops with only USB Type C ports, please bring a Type A (Female) to Type C (Male) adapter. ST will provide the development kits. You must stay for the full training session to receive the free kits.

Workshop Dates and Locations (subject to change)

Workshop Dates and Locations (subject to change)
City Date Location Status
Santa Clara, CA Feb 26, 2020 Santa Clara Gateway
5451 Great American Parkway
Ground Floor Conference Center
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Houston, TX TBD Houston Marriott Energy Corridor
16011 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX 77094
Milwaukee, WI TBD Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel
375 South Moorland Road
Brookfield, WI 53005
Chicago (Schaumburg), IL TBD STMicroelectronics
1st Floor Lobby Meeting Room (The Forum)
200 N Martingale Rd
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Boston (Burlington), MA TBD STMicroelectronics
30 Corporate Drive
Burlington, MA 01803
Cleveland, OH TBD TBD Postponed
Minneapolis, MN Oct 21, 2020 TBD Postponed
Seattle, WA Nov 17, 2020 TBD Postponed

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