Matt Prellwitz is drive technology product manager at Beckhoff Automation LLC.
End users and machine builders must find common ground to implement more efficient actuation technology and go green in many ways.
Cover Story: Automation technologies continue convergence across platforms and computer numerical control (CNC) technology advances, along with faster control hardware and software, allow engineers to complete more accurate cuts in less time.
Configuration using PC-based control software, EtherCAT networks, integrated drives, and one-cable technology (OCT) simplify motion control system design and reduce servomotor costs.
Manufacturers and machine builders may be required to match motors and drives from different brands; careful design considerations can yield successful applications.
Software can help engineers select the right motor regardless of application and be useful for new and seasoned engineers alike. But understanding how the facility’s environment will affect motion system requirements remains crucial in selecting the right motor.