Servo drive: cost-effective, easy to use for motion control applications
The Allen-Bradley Kinetix 3 component servo drive from Rockwell Automation provides machine builders the ability to better match the needs of manufacturers without the complexity of traditional servo solutions. Offered in models as small as 50 watts, the drive reportedly provides the flexibility to tailor axes to a machine’s actual power requirement, which will minimize system size and cost. Its compact design makes the drive ideal for machines that require less than 1.5 kW and up to 12.55 N-m of instantaneous torque, such as intermittent form/fill/seal machines, indexing tables, medical devices, laboratory automation equipment and semiconductor processing.
“Manufacturers are challenged by tougher economic conditions. There is less capital available for new equipment purchases and users expect solutions that are easier to use and also yield greater uptime and return on investment,” said Oliver Haya, product manager, Rockwell Automation. “When combining the new Kinetix 3 servo drive with Allen-Bradley MicroLogix controllers from Rockwell Automation, machine builders can deliver a cost-effective motion control solution for low-axis count applications that is simple to use and maintain.”
The Kinetix 3 component servo drive is easily configured using Allen-Bradley UltraWare, a free software available as part of the Kinetix Accelerator Toolkit. Configuration can be further simplified by using the automatic motor recognition with Allen-Bradley TL-Series rotary motors, TL-Series linear actuators, and LDL-Series and LDC-Series linear servo motors. Additional features include online vibration suppression, advanced auto-tuning and faster settling time which reduces start-up time by virtually eliminating many steps in the commissioning process. The drive can index up to 64 points via Modbus or through its digital inputs.
To further simplify the user experience, the drive can be incorporated into a connected component solution. The Connected Component Building Blocks (CCBB) for Kinetix 3 will provide CAD drawings, electrical layouts, Bill of Materials, sample code and operator interface screens. It will also include the ability to perform indexing operations for three axes over the Modbus network using the MicroLogix 1400 controller, Allen-Bradley PanelView component operator interface and TL-Series motors.
Rockwell Automation Inc.