KEB set to launch new multi-axis drive system

19 January 2009

KEB’s new COMBIVERT H6 is the first time the company has put a multi-axis motion control solution on the drives market. It combines single-axis and multi-axis controllers, supply modules, regenerating units, motors, efficient cooling concepts and motion control functions to a drive system for applications with outputs up to 160 kW.

KEB's Combivert H6
KEB's Combivert H6

“A wide variety of mechanical and automation engineers in the robotics and handling, packaging, logistics, as well as wood, metal and plastics industry sectors will benefit from this well thought-out total solution in many ways,” says Norbert Schwabbauer, head of marketing and sales at KEB, located in Barntrup, Germany.

The “extremely compact and slim cut design” of the modules allow them to fit snugly into the control cabinet, which saves valuable installation space.

The new drive’s central operating concept for the total interconnected operation allows the DC-interconnections to be realised very comfortably and fast. This is accompanied by reduced wiring and installation expenditure and decreasing assembly costs – also a consequence of the continuously identical connection technology..

The control module is equipped with a high-performance 32-bit-CPU. Programming is based on the CoDeSys 3.2 which allows programs in IEC 61131-3 languages and can take over PLC and motion-control-functions as well as numerical control (NC) tasks.

The COMBIVERT H6 has an EtherCAT Master module. A standard Ethernet-Interface is available for local operation.

Another technological highlight is the integration of safety functions.

KEB says it offers two levels of integrated safety operation.

Module 1 guarantees the safe disconnection of the supply voltage without additional software and offers the functions “Safe Torque Off” (STO) and “Safe Brake Control” (SBC).

The second variant has safe inputs, a safe disconnection and a redundant microcontroller structure. With this module safety functions like safe operating stop (SOS), safe stop (SS1 and SS2) as well as safe speed reduction (SLS) can be realised.

Further safety functions are in the planning stages.

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