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More flexibility for large machinery builders

06 January 2009

Baldor's 3-phase motor drives introduce the flexible Ethernet-compatible Powerlink protocol and TCP/IP connectivity to the high-power machinery sector. Novel design features provide major cost savings potential.

Baldor's complementary Powerlink range provides complete solutions for machine builders. The drives extend the significant system building advantages of Powerlink to a much wider range of heavy-duty applications, including printing, papermaking, converting, textiles, plastics and steel production.

Baldor's MotiFlex e100 drives can be used in both centralized control and distributed 'intelligent drive' scenarios for example, in both cases with substantial savings in the electrical power components typically required.

Compatibility with the Powerlink protocol introduces great flexibility into electrical system building. Each drive features an Ethernet hub enabling systems to be built using a simple daisy-chain connection scheme. The high-speed and deterministic Ethernet Powerlink network, operating at 100 Mbits/sec, cuts cabling substantially, and can greatly reduce the costs of building large multi-axis systems. For example, a single Baldor Ethernet Powerlink machine controller can manage systems up to 16 interpolated axes.

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