Servo drives can be networked with IEEE 1394b

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Servo drives can be networked with IEEE 1394bInmoco is extending its networked servo drive line from ORMEC with the introduction of the SD Drive family. Consisting of 14 drives, ranging in size from 3 to 60A, the ServoWire SD family provides high-performance servo operation utilising high-bandwidth digital networking technology based on IEEE 1394b. More robust, efficient and faster than the previous 1394a network, 1394b defines a roadmap to 3.2Gbit signalling, as well as definitions for additional communications media (eg fibre optics).

The introduction of the ServoWire SD drives, combined with the recently-introduced SMLC (ServoWire Motion & Logic Controller) series of controllers (see below), means that Inmoco is now able to provide a complete ORMEC motion control system, offering all the advantages of IEEE 1394b networking technology, namely high bandwidth, ease of use, higher data rates and improved noise immunity.

ServoWire SD drives support a variety of high-performance, quadrature and serial encoder and resolver-based servomotors. The 14 drives are divided into two series: 230 series drives accept 115 or 230V AC inputs, delivering 600 to 15,000W of output power; while the 460 series accepts inputs of 230 or 460V AC, delivering 2400 to 24,000W of output power.

Offering high levels of functionality, the ServoWire SD Drives can perform high-performance onboard tension control via an integrated analogue input that can be used within the drive itself or by a host controller. Also integrated is an analogue output that can be used to command a remote device or be employed as a monitor signal. In addition, the drives have eight digital I/O and two high-speed sensor inputs, all of which are connected via pluggable terminal blocks with convenient LED indicators to aid system start-up and troubleshooting.

About the ServoWire Motion & Logic Controller (SMLC)

The SMLC provides cost-effective integrated motion control from one to 24 axes. Offering a small installation footprint and providing advanced features such as Pentium 32-bit processors, IEEE 1394b FireWire networking and Ethernet connectivity, the SMLC can control an entire machine.

Follow the link for more information about the ORMEC ServoWire SD servo drives.

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