National Instruments and Kollmorgen collaborate on servo solutions

24 June 2013

National Instruments is to expand its motion control offering through a collaboration with Kollmorgen, a provider of motion systems and components for OEMs. These products include drives, motors, linear positioners, gearheads, cables and accessories.

National Instruments provides a variety of motion hardware, all programmed through the LabVIEW NI SoftMotion Module and based on the LabVIEW reconfigurable I/O architecture, to help engineers create customised and highly configurable motion systems tightly integrated with NI’s broad measurement and control I/O portfolio.

Kollmorgen is able to extend the offering to include servo and stepper technology across a variety of drive and motor product families.

For example, Kollmorgen’s EtherCAT AKD brushless servo drive is integrated directly with NI SoftMotion, enabling machine builders to create high-axis-count servo systems without EtherCAT programming. These servo systems are inherently synchronised with any other modules in an NI PXI or NI CompactRIO system. NI also sells the new single-cable AKM motor globally, which combines motor power and feedback signals in one connector, helping to reduce wiring cost and complexity.

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