Motion Control - Servo drives: AKD PDMM combines a high-performance multi-axis motion controller, complete IEC 61131-3 soft PLC, EtherCAT master, and AKD servo drive in one, compact package. This is a Control Engineering 2013 Engineers' Choice finalist.


AKD PDMM combines a high-performance multi-axis motion controller, complete IEC61131-3 soft PLC, EtherCAT master, and AKD servo drive in a single, compact package. This is a Control Engineering 2013 Engineers' Choice finalist.Kollmorgen’s AKD PDMM combines a high-performance multi-axis motion controller, complete IEC61131-3 software-based PLC, EtherCAT master, and AKD servo drive in one compact package. This enables OEMs to lower machine costs, reduce panel space by 50% or more and simplify wiring and integration, while increasing system flexibility, scalability, and motion performance. AKD PDMM performance and functionality is ideally suited for applications in flexographic printing, packaging, converting and medical, as well as other automation markets where precise synchronization of multiple axes of motion is vital.

By packaging a full-featured PLC directly into the servo drive, AKD PDMM delivers a level of integration that is simply unavailable with other automation platforms. It combines Kollmorgen’s industry-leading AKD servo drives with the high-performance motion control of Kollmorgen Automation Suite (KAS) into a very small package, providing OEMs with a complete and fully scalable platform from one axis to 12 or more axes with AKD PDMM and up to 128 axes using KAS PAC based solutions. When used with Kollmorgen’s intuitive and powerful Pipe Network motion engine, OEMs can significantly simplify machine designs and commission complex systems in hours and days, instead of weeks or more. AKD PDMM is fully programmable through the KAS Integrated Development Environment (KAS IDE) — the result is a seamless automation solution that is scalable from one axis up to 128 axes with one controller.

KAS also offers two powerful motion engines: Kollmorgen’s PipeNetwork and industry-standard PLCopen. PipeNetwork is a graphical programming environment that enables developers to lay out an entire machine architecture using intuitive function blocks, from which the run-time code is automatically generated. Without writing a single line of code, designers can use the virtual blocks to program the motion and define relationships between axes. Kollmorgen

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