Integrated servo drive-motor reduces panel space, saves time

The Allen-Bradley Kinetix 6000M drive-motor by Rockwell Automation combines servo motors and drive technologies into one package, which reduces panel space and installation time.


The Allen-Bradley Kinetix 6000M drive-motor by Rockwell Automation combines servo motors and drive technologies into one package, which reduces panel space and installation time. Courtesy: Rockwell AutomationThe Allen-Bradley Kinetix 6000M drive-motor by Rockwell Automation combines the high-performance Allen-Bradley MP-Series food-grade servo motor and Kinetix 6000 multi-axis servo drive technologies into a single, compact, on-machine package.

Moving servo drives out of the control enclosure and onto the machine delivers significant space savings, while reducing cabling. For example, replacing panel-mounted drives with the Kinetix 6000M integrated drive-motor system can reduce panel space required by up to 60 percent for a typical eight-axis system. Additionally, the number of cables exiting the control enclosure is reduced by as much as 75 percent because a hybrid/network cable daisy chain replaces the individual power and feedback cables needed for panel-mounted servo drives. Fewer cables help to reduce assembly time, the potential for wiring errors, and the time it takes to troubleshoot and repair a machine.

Terminating servo motor power and feedback cables at panel-mounted servo drives can take about 20 minutes per axis. The Kinetix 6000M integrated drive-motor system allows machine builders to do this in approximately 30 seconds, helping to dramatically reduce installation time.

The Kinetix 6000M integrated drive-motor system is ideal for servo motor-intensive applications, such as packaging, converting, print and Web machines. It meets the unique needs of food and beverage packaging and handling applications by offering features geared for the industry, including enhanced sealing techniques, corrosion resistant materials and coating appropriate for food environments.

The new drive-motor is available in three different frame sizes, offering optional holding breaks and SIL2/PLd safe torque-off functionality.

Rockwell Automation 

- Edited by Chris Vavra, Control Engineering, 

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