EC: Allen-Bradley Kinetix 5500 servo drive with Kinetix VP low-inertia servo motor

Motion Control - Drives: The single-cable Kinetix motion solution gives machine builders a proven solution for servo and induction motor control on a single development platform to reduce design time and cabinet space, and improve power density and efficiency. This is a Control Engineering 2014 Engineers’ Choice finalist.

By Control Engineering October 17, 2013

Machine and equipment builders are challenged with making smaller, more complex equipment in a shorter design cycle and at a lower price point. Rockwell Automation addressed this challenge with the Allen-Bradley Kinetix 5500 servo drive with Kinetix VP low-inertia servo motor, which integrates motion control on the EtherNet/IP network and is more compact, easier to use, and simplifies system wiring.

Integrated motion control on EtherNet/IP eliminates the need for a dedicated motion network and eliminates the need to create gateways to get information to or from secluded networks. Additionally, the Kinetix VPL motor uses smart-cable technology, allowing power transmission and feedback communication to and from the Kinetix 5500 drive to take place on a single cable. This simplifies application design and limits points of failure for improved reliability and uncomplicated maintenance.

Ideal for systems with more than six axes, the Kinetix 5500 drive is the first Kinetix drive designed with 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. The system can also be optimized to balance power use and lower energy needs because of its unique ability to share power across multiple drives. 

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