SPS/IPC/Drives 2006: The beat goes on
A record 43,000 visitors—24% increase over 2005—topped off positive results for the latest staging of the focused electric automation show SPS/IPC/Drives in Nuremberg, Germany, Nov. 28-30, 2006. This added to new records for number of exhibitors (1,203) and display area (77,500 sq m), as reported in Nov.
A record 43,000 visitors—24% increase over 2005—topped off positive results for the latest staging of the focused electric automation show SPS/IPC/Drives in Nuremberg, Germany, Nov. 28-30, 2006. This added to new records for number of exhibitors (1,203) and display area (77,500 sq m), as reported in Nov. 29 Daily News online. Statistics aside, the event offered something for most electronic automation professionals and delivered a variety of announcements.
Siemens' productivity theme
Siemens Automation & Drives (A&D) Group's main press conference, themed “Increase your productivity,” emphasized trends such as ultimate modularity in automation system design; energy efficiency of products (motors, drives, machinery), which now seriously affects power costs of end-users and manufacturers; and how to improve production processes through full mechatronic simulation of machine design and commissioning. Applying available virtual prototyping tools promises dramatic reduction in development times and life-cycle costs for machine developers, according to Dr. Olaf Rathjen, head of A&D Group, Motion Control Systems. www.siemens.com
Integrated motor-drive trio
Three more user choices for drives integrated into servo motors are heading toward production release in mid-2007. Each integrates control electronics atop the motor, using the housing as a heatsink, and provides various motion functions onboard for distributed control. Bosch Rexroth's IndraDrive Mi will have six models with peak torque up to 30 Nm (at 3,400 rpm), with material handling and machine positioning as initial markets. Dr.-Ing. Steffan Roland, head of product management for drive systems, told Control Engineering, “Heat transfer from the drive was a critical design issue, but was solved without the need for auxiliary cooling.” Benefits come from savings in cabling and machine space.
Integrated servo drive
Elau AG's integrated motor-drive (IMD)—called PacDrive iSH Series intelligent servo module—targets packaging machines and other motion control applications. Six models run at 3,000 rpm and output up to 28.3 Nm peak torque. PacDrive iSH features a new IGBT package; position, speed, and current control reside onboard. A separate controller handles motion trajectories and multi-axis coordination, explained Klaus Weyer, senior VP of marketing. (Elau is a Schneider Electric company.) www.elau.com