ABB launches into servo marketplace

07 February 2007

ABB has launched a new drive that is set to challenge other players in the servo drive market.

The machinery drive was unveiled to UK media on 2 February 2007 amid claims that it is the most adaptable in the market.

It allows control of synchronous or asynchronous motors, in either open or closed loop, and machinery builders can specify one drive for a variety of motor types along with an appropriate, application dependent, feedback device.

Steve Ruddell, general manager of drives and motors, said the new drive would give the company access to the many smaller precision drive applications found in the industry.

Concern is likely to be felt by companies, including SEW, Lenze and Siemens, who previously enjoyed a fast growing and lucrative servo market with no ABB products.

The drive is the culmination of four years of R&D and developments include direct torque control, a broad selection of feedback devices, communications and fieldbus intelligence and user friendly construction.

“The ABB machinery drive is compatible with the needs of various converting machines, such as coating, calandering colouring, cleaning, laminating paper, plastic, rubber, foil and food stuffs,” concluded Ruddell.

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