Rockwell Unveils Ethernet/IP Indexing Servo Drive

The new Allen-Bradley Kinetix 300 Ethernet/IP indexing servo drive from Rockwell Automation enables machine builders and end users to standardise on a single communication network. This is intended to facilitate commissioning, configuration and start-up. With the new drive, the entire control solution - including the human-machine interface, programmable automation controllers, input/output and motion - can be connected over a standard Ethernet/IP network.

According to James Grosskreuz, product manager at Rockwell Automation, the Kinetix 300 servo drive can eliminate the need for a dedicated motion network while maintaining high-speed connectivity with excellent reliability. With the ability to support up to five indexing types and 32 indices, the Kinetix 300 servo drive is suitable for indexing tables, intermittent horizontal and vertical form/fill/seal machines and simple sleevers, case packers and erectors.

By combining the Kinetix 300 servo drive with the Allen-Bradley MP-Series or Allen-Bradley TL-Series motors, along with the Allen-Bradley Compactlogix L23 or Compactlogix L32 controller, the company now delivers an option for machines that demand the power of the Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture system in a cost-effective package for low-axis-count motion solutions. The drive can work with an Allen-Bradley Micrologix processor to help deliver a cost-effective component machine-level solution. The Kinetix 300 drive features seamless integration with Rockwell Software's RSLogix 5000 through a Kinetix 300 add-on profile.

It also has drive-based web configuration tools. As a result, machine builders do not need to learn, load or maintain dedicated motion software. To help protect personnel and increase productivity, the Kinetix 300 servo drive also comes equipped with safe torque-off functionality. With the safe-off capability, tasks such as machine setup, cleaning, the removal of jams and other typical maintenance work that previously required power-down conditions can now be accomplished without removing power from the entire machine.

Instead, drive output can be safely disabled, enabling faster machine restart and shorter machine downtime, according to Rockwell. Components such as input contactors are not required, simplifying machine design and helping reduce both panel space requirements and overall system costs. The Kinetix 300 servo drive features a compact size and has the available voltage and power ranges to meet a range of global machine requirements, including applications in the packaging, alternative energy and manufacturing and assembly industries.


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