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Nextmove e100, an all-in-one Ethernet-based motion controller from Baldor, is being used to produce stone-cutting machine builder Farnese Australia’s latest product, the Quantum bridge saw.

It provides all of the resources required for the real-time interpolated control of four servomotor axes, which employ single-phase Baldor Microflex e100 drives driving BSM servomotors.

The Nextmove controller uses the deterministic real-time Ethernet Powerlink Network and provides a single-box motion and I/O control solution for this four-axis interpolated machine.

The controller makes it possible to use the same platform for almost any conceivable new machine or cell – with up to 16 interpolated axes.

Baldor’s development environment, Workbench, is provided with the controller and includes support for ActiveX, making it easy to interface with Farnese’s existing PC/Windows-based user interface.

Programming the real-time motion control was made easy by Baldor’s Mint language, which offers high-level keywords for the complex movements that Farnese requires, such as angular and circular cuts.

Workbench also provides tools that allow Farnese to provide remote support for its machines, allowing diagnostics to be run and drives to be tuned.

The user interface simplifies selection of the right shape-cutting process, avoiding the risk of operator error.

A range of pre-programmed shape-cutting sequences are provided to cover common requirements, eliminating the need for skilled operator programming by the kitchen- and bathroom-surface suppliers that typically purchase these machines.

The sequences include ready-to-use templates for major sink manufacturers, for example.

The interface also supports more complex applications, allowing programming using G-code, as well as manual control.

It will also operate standalone, or in conjunction with a PC host, providing flexibility of application for the small-machines sector.


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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