EC: Allen-Bradley Kinetix 300 EtherNet/IP Indexing Servo Drive
Motion Control - servo drives - Rockwell Automation Allen-Bradley Kinetix 300 EtherNet/IP Indexing Servo Drive. The single-axis Kinetix 300 EtherNet/IP Indexing Servo Drive provides a cost-effective solution with safety functionality for intermittent duty applications. This is a Control Engineering 2011 Engineers' Choice (EC) nominee.
The Allen-Bradley Kinetix 300 servo drive from Rockwell Automation simplifies network architecture for machine builders. With EtherNet/IP indexing functionality, the Kinetix 300 allows users to standardize on a single communication network for easier commissioning, configuration and startup. With the new drive, the entire control solution, including HMI, programmable automation controllers, I/O and motion, can be connected over a standard EtherNet/IP network.
With the ability to support up to five indexing types and 32 indices, the Kinetix 300 servo drive is ideal for indexing tables, intermittent horizontal and vertical form/fill/seal machines, as well as simple sleevers, case packers and erectors. It also features a compact size and has the available voltage and power ranges to meet a wide array of global machine requirements, including applications in the packaging, alternative energy, and manufacturing and assembly industries.
By combining the Kinetix 300 servo drive with the Allen-Bradley MP-Series or Allen Bradley TL-Series motors, and the Allen-Bradley CompactLogix L23 or CompactLogix L32 controller, Rockwell Automation now delivers an option for machines that demand the power of the Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture system in a cost-effective package for low axis-count motion solutions. Also, the drive can work with an Allen-Bradley MicroLogix processor to help deliver a cost-effective component machine-level solution.
To help protect personnel and increase productivity, the Kinetix 300 servo drive also comes equipped with safe torque-off functionality. With the safe-off capability, tasks such as machine setup, cleaning, removal of jams and other typical maintenance work that previously required power-down conditions can now be accomplished without removing power from the entire machine. Instead, drive output can be safely disabled, allowing faster machine restart and shorter machine downtime. In addition, components such as input contactors are not required, simplifying machine design and helping reduce both panel space requirements and overall system costs.
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