Drives and Controls Magazine
Scalable servodrives will result in leaner, greener machines
Published:  27 July, 2023

Rockwell Automation has announced a range of distributed servodrives that it says will result in leaner, greener and more powerful machine designs. The scalable ArmorKinetix servodrives, with outputs up to 5.5kW, are available either as distributed drives or as integrated drives and motors.

Rockwell says that manufacturers are increasingly looking for scalable systems that will simplify their machine control architectures, minimise the number of components needed, cut manufacturing times, and optimise productivity. The new drives are aimed at achieving these goals by offering a simplified architecture that mounts the servodrive outside an electrical cabinet, allowing machines to be more modular, while reducing cabinet sizes, cabling and cooling requirements.

The drives incorporate vibration and thermal sensors that can detect potential machine issues, allowing them to be addressed before they can cause problems, thus increasing uptime and productivity.

Rockwell product manager Jon Vanderpas says the drive is “special” because “it not only provides industry-leading performance and precision to individual processes, but it also enables a more optimised way for people to design and operate automation equipment. This device is available in a wide power range that addresses the diverse needs of manufacturers across the industrial landscape.”

Rockwell says that its distributed servodrives will lower system costs, boost productivity and increases uptime. They are available with or without motors.

The IP66-protected servodrives, which are an extension of Rockwell’s Kinetix 5700 platform, are claimed to offer “best-in-class” power density with minimal derating. They have integrated safety technology capable of achieving SIL 3 levels of safety, and offer CIP Security capabilities.

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