Servo drive solution frees up cabinet space

19 January 2016

Machine builders who, traditionally, have used separate servo drives to meet high axis-count and power requirements for large custom machines are now able to consolidate to a single platform.

The Kinetix 5700 servo drive from Rockwell Automation offers dual-axis servos, a large 1.6 to 60 kw power range, and time-saving tuning technology. Used in place of multiple servo drives, it is said to help machine builders reduce cabinet space requirements by up to 70%, reduce wiring requirements by as much as 60%, and achieve easier configuration and commissioning.

Commenting on the solution, James Grosskreuz, global product manager, Rockwell Automation, said: “The Kinetix 5700 servo drive delivers new levels of simplicity, power and space savings to help machine builders develop leaner machines and get them to market faster. End users also benefit from receiving high-performance machines that are easier to maintain and more flexible to enable faster changeovers.”

The Kinetix 5700 servo drive employs real-time tuning technology, which helps remove the need to tune each individual axis. This can help machine builders deliver high-performance motion control out of the box, and reduce commissioning time by days, weeks or even months for the largest machines.

Once a machine is operational, the Kinetix 5700 servo drive uses Tracking Notch Filter technology to detect and remove resonant frequencies, and automatically make tuning adjustments over time to help optimise machine performance. This can reduce the need for regular tuning maintenance and help prevent machine failures.

The servo drive combines vector and servo motor control to help reduce machine complexity, and reduce time and labour costs during integration. Additionally, the Rockwell Software Studio 5000 Logix Designer software provides a single  design environment for configuring the servo drive and integrating it with Logix controllers for both motion and safety applications.

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