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Simple servodrive can be tailored to demand

05 November, 2010

Rockwell Automation has announced a component servodrive that, it claims, avoids the complexity of traditional servos. The Allen-Bradley Kinetix 3, available in ratings from 50W–1.5kW and capable of delivering up to 12.55Nm of instantaneous torque, allows axes to be tailored to a machine’s actual power requirements, thus minimising system size and costs.

“Manufacturers are challenged by tougher economic conditions. There is less capital available for new equipment purchases and users expect solutions that are easier to use and also yield greater uptime and return on investment,” says Rockwell product manager, Oliver Haya. “When combining the new Kinetix 3 servo drive with Allen-Bradley MicroLogix controllers, machine-builders can deliver a cost-effective motion control solution for low-axis count applications, that is simple to use and maintain.”
The drive is configured using the free Allen-Bradley UltraWare software. Configuration can be simplified by using the automatic motor recognition facilities in certain Allen-Bradley rotary and linear servomotors. Additional features include online vibration suppression, advanced auto-tuning, and rapid settling time, which cuts start-up times by eliminating many steps in the commissioning process. The drive can index up to 64 points via Modbus or through its digital inputs.
Rockwell’s Connected Component Building Blocks technology can be used to provide CAD drawings, electrical layouts, bills of materials, sample code and operator interface screens for the drive. Indexing operations for three axes can be performed over the Modbus network using Rockwell’s MicroLogix 1400 controller, Allen-Bradley PanelView component operator interface, and TL-Series motors.

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