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Baldor’s e100 servomotor drives, suitable for use in standalone motion control systems or networked systems, are now compatible with the Ethernet/IP, Modbus TCP and Powerlink industrial standards.

The drives are also compatible with the standard TCP/IP networks and the company’s own Mint system building environment.

The drives offer system builders a choice of servomotor, closed-loop vector or V/Hz motor control modes, combined with various features and configuration options.

The new drives are versions of Baldor’s e100 single- and three-phase drives.

Until now, these drives have been compatible with the real-time Powerlink Ethernet standard, TCP/IP and Baldor’s Mint system building environment.

With this release, the company upgrades the capability of the drives to be additionally configured for Ethernet/IP or Modbus TCP networks.

These two communications protocols extend the applications potential of the drives in PLC-controlled applications.

Baldor’s Microflex e100 and Motiflex drives are said to be simple to configure and use, through features such as wizard application software, which removes the traditional complexity of drive setup.

The drives also offer many new hardware capabilities for PLC users.

The three-phase drives are energy efficient, offering a DC bus system that can share regenerated power with other axes.

As well as their own local input/output (I/O) and Canopen expansion, many drives also have option-card slots, providing configurability for specific applications including almost all fieldbuses.

Other features include universal encoder feedback input and programmable notch filters to eliminate mechanical resonance effects, as well as the ability to be used with servomotors, closed-loop vector motors or in V/Hz motor speed control modes.

David Greensmith, Baldor’s product manager, said: ’Our new drives support multiple standards – out of the box – at no extra cost and without any need for plug-in cards.

’They provide system builders with a universal drive platform that can be used in many different ways to suit different customers and applications, from standalone motion control systems to networked systems hosted by PLCs or other devices,’ he added.

In addition to the new drive functionality, the company now supports all of the Ethernet networks on its Nextmove e100 motion system and machine controller.

This combines a network control capability with control facilities for up to seven analogue or stepper drives and may be used standalone or in conjunction with PLC or PC hosts.


Baldor Electric Company, a member of the ABB Group, designs, manufactures, and markets the broadest line of industrial energy-efficient electric motors, power transmission products, adjustable speed drives, linear motors, motion control products, gear products, industrial grinders and generators. The Baldor range provides a complete motion solution for machine automation and utilizes our acclaimed MINT motion language.

Range includes:.

* Rotary and linear servo motors.

* Intelligent Servo drives.

* Inverter and vector drives.

* Multi-axis motion controllers: Boxed and board level solutions.

Baldor is the largest motor and mechanical power transmission company in North America and the second largest worldwide.

Baldor-Reliance motor products now range from 15 watts to 11,000 kW and includes:.

* ‘Super-E’ motors that exceed the new IEC 60034-30, IE3 efficiency level.

* NEMA Premium Efficiency rated motors, meeting the new EISA legislation covering motors supplied into the USA.

* Custom motors to meet client specific requirements.

Dodge power transmission products offer a wide variety of engineered mounted bearings including Grip Tight Adapter range and enclosed gear products including the Quantis modular, High Efficiency range. Baldor operates plants in the USA, United Kingdom, China and Canada with products available from our worldwide network

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