Drives and Controls Magazine
Upgraded servodrives open up new applications
Published:  18 January, 2024

Siemens has upgraded the hardware and software of its Sinamics S210 servodrives, making them more suitable for applications with high dynamics – such as packaging and pick-and-place machines – with ratings from 50W-7kW. The new-generation drives have a second encoder interface, making it easier to control individual axes, and they can connect to direct-measuring systems to compensate for mechanical looseness and tolerances. This increases precision, says Siemens, opening up new applications.

New Basic and Extended Safety functions meet the requirements of SIL3 and PLe. Also new are Security Integrated functions that ensure greater safety in industrial applications with user management and access protection. As well as Profinet IRT, the Sinamics S210 can now communicate via EtherNet/IP, allowing third-party controllers to be connected.

A new 3C3 coating helps the S210 servodrives to resist aggressive environments such as sulphur gases. This guarantees high availability and productivity in difficult conditions. The Epos single positioner is now available as a technology function, allowing precision positioning tasks to be implemented quickly and easily. They can be calculated in the drive, reducing the computing load on the controller, which can instead be used to handle more complex tasks, or more axes.

Motion control applications can be simulated using Siemens’ DriveSim Advanced simulation software, which allows digital twins of the S210 to be created in its TIA Portal platform. This can be used to commission the drive system and to perform engineering tasks virtually. The digital twins can also be used to create virtual training courses and demonstrations, and to optimise the operation of real machines.

The drives’ Web server has been redesigned to support the new server platform and operating philosophy of Siemens’ latest Sinamics S200 and G220 inverters. The Web server enables efficient commissioning, fast diagnostics, and supports maintenance using devices such as tablets and PCs.

Siemens’ upgraded S210 servodrive system has a wider range of applications

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