Integrated motion servo drive with EtherNet/IP connectivity

Kinetix 5500 servo drive by Rockwell Automation joins the Kinetix 350 and Kinetix 6500 drives to provide users with more options to match motion control needs.


The Kinetix 5500 servo drive by Rockwell Automation joins the Kinetix 350 and Kinetix 6500 drives to provide users with more options to match motion control needs. Courtesy: Rockwell AutomationRockwell Automation's Allen-Bradley Kinetix 5500 servo drive, Kinetix VP low-inertia (VPL) servo motor, and single-cable technology as an integrated motion solution on EtherNet/IP that is more compact, easier to use and simplifies system wiring.

The Kinetix 5500 servo drive joins the Kinetix 350 and Kinetix 6500 drives to provide users with more options to match motion control needs. Integrated motion control on EtherNet/IP eliminates the need for a dedicated motion network, reducing cabling by up to 60% and removing the need to create gateways to get information to or from secluded networks. Additionally, the Kinetix VPL motors new winding technology and DSL encoder, connected with the smart-cable technology, allows power transmission and feedback communication to and from the Kinetix 5500 drive to take place on one cable. This further simplifies application design and limits points-of-failure for improved reliability and uncomplicated maintenance.

The Kinetix 5500 and Kinetix VP drive-motor system does not require discrete power rail or additional accessories, so machines can be scaled up as needed. Optimally matched motor and drive ratings uses half the energy of comparable solutions, while still providing 125 μsec loop closure for maximum performance.

The Kinetix 5500 drive uses an external common ac/dc bus connection system. It reduces hardware requirements and allows for seamless scalability, using a single platform for either single-axis or multiaxis systems. The Kinetix 5500 drive also has the ability to control both servo and induction motors, provide best–in-class power density that reduces the size of the drive and cabinet space required by up to 50%, and simplify machine maintenance by minimizing the need to fuse or use contactors.

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