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Integrated motion on EtherNet/IP from Rockwell Automation uses less energy and shrinks application footprint

Integrated motion on EtherNet/IP from Rockwell Automation uses less energy and shrinks application footprint Rockwell Automation has introduced the Allen-Bradley Kinetix 5500 servo drive, VP-Series low-inertia servo motor and single-cable technology as an integrated motion solution on EtherNet/IP that is more compact, easier to use and simplifies system wiring.

"Machine and equipment builders are challenged with making smaller, more complex equipment in a shorter design cycle and at a lower price point," said Mike Schweiner, product manager, for the Kinetix 5500, Rockwell Automation. "Our new single-cable Kinetix motion solution gives machine builders a proven solution for both servo and induction motor control on a single development platform that will result in less design time and cabinet space with improved power density and efficiency."

The Kinetix 5500 servo drive joins the Kinetix 350 and Kinetix 6500 drives to provide users with more options to match motion control needs. Integrated motion control on EtherNet/IP eliminates the need for a dedicated motion network, reducing cabling by up to 60 percent and removing the need to create gateways to get information to or from secluded networks. Additionally, the VP-Series low-inertia motors new winding technology and DSL encoder, connected with the smart-cable technology allows power transmission and feedback communication to and from the K5500 drive to take place on a single cable, further simplifying application design and limiting points-of-failure for improved reliability and uncomplicated maintenance. Ideal for packaging, material handling or converting systems with more than six axes, the Kinetix 5500 and VP-Series drive-motor system does not require discrete power rail or additional accessories so machines can be scaled up as needed. Optimally matched motor and drive ratings uses half the energy of comparable solutions, while still providing 125 _sec loop closure for maximum performance.

The Kinetix 5500 drive is the first Allen-Bradley Kinetix drive designed with an external common AC/DC bus connection system reduces hardware requirements and allows for seamless scalability, using a single platform for either single-axis or multi-axis systems. The K5500 also has the ability to control both servo and induction motors, provide best-in-class power density that reduces the size of the drive and cabinet space required by up to 50 percent, and simplify machine maintenance by minimizing the need to fuse or use contactors. Additionally, the system can be optimized to balance power use and lower energy needs because of its unique ability to share power across multiple drives. The Kinetix VP-Series low-inertia servo motor uses the same proven magnetic core as the Allen-Bradley MP-Series servo motors.

The Kinetix 5500 drive is supported by the recently released Studio 5000 integrated engineering environment and can be used with the Integrated Motion Encoder on EtherNet/IP to provide a feedback only axis solution for ControlLogix 5570 and CompactLogix 5370 programmable automation controllers. A feedback only axes allows the motion application to synchronize efforts with other portions of a machine or line for more efficient production.
 

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