ServoWire Drives, XD-Indexer Drives integrate on common system, reduces project costs

Network of ServoWire drives can be expanded beyond 16 ServoWire drives to more than 100.


Ormec’s ServoWire Motion and Logic Controllers (SMLC) typically pairs a network of ServoWire (FireWire) drives for applications where coordinated, multi-axis motion is needed. In cases where axes are required that do not need as tightly coordinated motion, the more cost-effective XD-Indexer drive can be integrated into the SMLC system via Modbus TCP communication, according to Ormec. The total number of drives on a SMLC controller can be easily expanded well beyond the ServoWire limit of sixteen to more than 100. Overall project costs are allegedly reduced with the ability to choose the optimal drive for the performance required on a per axis basis.

The SMLC Controller offers CoDeSys IEC 61131-3 programming, PLCopen motion function blocks, industrial Ethernet network solutions and FireWire-based drive networking for the most demanding multi-axis motion and I/O control applications.

ServoWire drives from Ormec are offered in more than 14 models with on board I/O and output currents ranging from 2.5 to 60 amps. Both encoder and resolver feedbacks are available.

The XD-Indexer drives are allegedly programmed with quick and easy to configure, table-based software. They provide 32 independent motion profiles synchronizing motion with machine I/O. This drive has fully functional indexing capabilities. The CoDeSys program in the SMLC controller uses a library of function blocks to command the indexing sequences.


- Edited by Gust Gianos, Control Engineering,

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