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Motion control system synchronises up to 40 axes

19 October, 2020

Emerson has announced a family of servo motion control products that offer integrated automation for high-performance applications. The PACmotion portfolio includes a motion controller that plugs into a PACSystems RX3i PLC backplane for precise, high-speed performance that delivers synchronised motion of up to 40 coordinated axes, and allows users to scale up their motion systems without sacrificing performance.

The portfolio includes the PMM345 motion controller, servomotors and drives, and software for configuring motion applications for the packaging, printing, material-handling, semiconductor, food and beverage, and general manufacturing sectors. The motion controller works only with the RX3i controllers, simplifying the architecture, while enabling higher speeds and greater precision.

The system incorporates a patented technology said to deliver precise, jerk-free positioning that prevents material slippage and production losses, and improves machine efficiency. On-the-fly reconfiguration allows users to implement rapid changeovers, without stopping production, to deliver shorter production runs and increased machine utilisation.

Emerson's motion control system can coordinate the motion of up to 40 axes

“This new portfolio continues Emerson’s commitment and investment to expand its offerings to serve a broad range of industries,” says Derek Thomas, vice-president of marketing and strategy for Emerson’s machine automation business. “Our comprehensive control and motion portfolio simplifies design, development and commissioning with a single platform and toolset for discrete and hybrid manufacturers and, when combined with Emerson’s industrial edge technology, enables customers to create intelligent machines with advanced IIoT capabilities for even greater productivity and efficiency.”

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