Motion Control & Drives


Kinetix 5700 servo drive

December 2015 Motion Control & Drives

Machine builders that have traditionally used separate servo drives to meet high axis-count and power requirements for large custom machines can now consolidate to a single platform with the new Allen-Bradley Kinetix 5700 servo drive from Rockwell Automation.

The drive offers dual-axis servos, a large 1,6 to 60 kilowatt power range, and time-saving tuning technology. Used in place of multiple servo drives, this next generation platform can help machine builders reduce cabinet space requirements by up to 70%, reduce wiring requirements by as much as 60%, and achieve easier configuration and commissioning.

“The Kinetix 5700 servo drive delivers new levels of simplicity, power and space savings to help machine builders develop leaner machines and get them to market faster,” said Christo Buys, business manager control systems, Rockwell Automation. “End-users also benefit from receiving high-performance machines that are easier to maintain and more flexible to enable faster changeovers.”

The system uses Load Observer real-time tuning technology, which helps remove the need to tune each individual axis. This can help machine builders deliver high-performance motion control out of the box, and reduce commissioning time by days, weeks or even months for the largest machines.

Once a machine is operational, the Kinetix 5700 uses Tracking Notch Filter technology to detect and remove resonant frequencies, and automatically make tuning adjustments over time to help optimise machine performance. This can reduce the need for regular tuning maintenance and help prevent machine failures.

DSL feedback ports provide support for Kinetix VP servo motors with single-cable technology. This enables machine builders to package motor power, brake and feedback wires all in a single cable, helping to reduce motion wiring requirements by as much as 60%.

The drive also combines high-performance vector and servo motor control to help reduce machine complexity, and reduce time and labour costs during integration. Additionally, the Rockwell Software Studio 5000 Logix Designer software provides a single, easy to use design environment for configuration and integration with Logix controllers for both motion and safety applications.

From a safety standpoint, the Kinetix 5700 servo drive supports both hardwired safety and integrated safety over EtherNet/IP, in which safety data is transmitted using the same wires and IP addresses as motion and control data. Integrated safety can help reduce overall system wiring, save time and money during installation, and help remove potential points of failure. Integrated safety also makes safety zoning and configuration changes easier for end users by eliminating the need to physically rewire devices.

For more information contact Christo Buys, Rockwell Automation, +27 (0)11 654 9700, cbuys@ra.rockwell.com, www.rockwellautomation.co.za



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