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Rockwell Automation has announced what is said to be the first high-performance, modular servo drive to leverage embedded Ethernet/IP technology for integrated motion control.

The Ethernet/IP drive support, available with the Allen-Bradley Kinetix 6500 servo drive, helps eliminate the need for a dedicated motion network and allows high-performance drives, I/O, smart actuators and any other Ethernet/IP-connected device to be supported on a common network.

When used with the Allen-Bradley Control Logix programmable automation controller (PAC), the Kinetix 6500 drive helps to provide increased machine-design flexibility, improved system performance and reduced system cost.

Integrated motion on Ethernet/IP within the Kinetix 6500 servo drive uses CIP Motion, an extension of the Common Industrial Protocol (CIP) from the Open Device Vendors Association (ODVA).

CIP Motion technology combines the requirements of deterministic, real-time, closed-loop motion control, offering full compliance with Ethernet standards, including IEEE 802.3 and TCP/IP.

Position, speed and torque loops can be set within the Kinetix 6500 servo drive, delivering an open, high-bandwidth solution for motion control.

By adding the power of ODVA’s CIP Sync technology, the IEEE-1588 compliant Precision Clock Synchronization, multiple axes can be coordinated for precise, synchronised motion control.

Leveraging the performance of the Kinetix 6000 range, the Kinetix 6500 drive also offers advanced safety features, such as safe stop, zero speed monitoring, safe-direction monitoring and safe maximum-acceleration monitoring.

These features help improve operator safety, as well as enhance machine efficiency by allowing access to guarded areas while a machine or process continues to operate, to help reduce downtime.

For applications such as clean-in-place for food producers or roller cleaning on a printing machine, safe-speed technology can help avoid injury to personnel while maximising machine uptime.

Operators and maintenance workers can clean equipment while the machine is still running, helping to speed up the cleaning process and providing greater machine availability.

The ability to access the machine to remove foreign objects or jams without an emergency shutdown also reduces scrap, extends machine life and limits the amount of energy needed to power the machine back to full operating speed.

The Kinetix 6500 servo drives feature a modular structure that helps provide an adaptable platform for future machine enhancements, such as an increased power range.

Using interchangeable control modules, an axis can easily transition to a different network or safety functionality, helping users to more easily adapt to new market trends or technologies while reducing upgrade costs by up to 50 per cent.

The Kinetix 6500 servo drive is suitable for motion-control applications, such as food processing, packaging, printing and web, and other machine types requiring position control.

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