Trends in servo drives: productivity, speed, performance

Increased performance, support for up to 128 axes, and onboard Ethernet are among features in today’s advanced servodrives.


Siemens Simotion D motion controllers for production machines cover all levels of performance, from simple positioning tasks to demanding applications with extremely short cycle times or large numbers of axes, up to 128—twice that of the prior generation. Recently added features for Simotion D445-2 multi-axis controllers include onboard Profinet interfaces and high-speed I/O connections. Courtesy: Siemens IndustryServodrive and motion control product trends, according to Siemens Industry, include better performance and support for up to 128 axes of motion with one controller. New servodrive features include onboard communications and ability to cover all levels of performance for production machines.

Controllers can offer PLC, motion control, advanced technology functions, and an integrated drive control. Advanced networking capabilities with integrated Ethernet network switch can facilitate different network topologies, such as line, star, or tree structures, without additional external switches.

Graphical software simplifies configuration, programming, testing, and commissioning of applications.

- Edited by Mark T. Hoske, content manager, CFE Media, Control Engineering,

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