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Motion Application Efficiency Improved Without Sacrificing Performance

15 January 2013

Reported to be more compact and easier to use, Rockwell Automation has introduced the Allen-Bradley Kinetix 5500 servo drive, VP-Series low-inertia servo motor and single- cable technology as an integrated motion solution on EtherNet/IP that simplifies system wiring.

"Machine and equipment builders are challenged with making smaller, more complex equipment in a shorter design cycle and at a lower price point,” said Mike Schweiner, product manager, for the Kinetix 5500. "Our new single-cable Kinetix motion solution gives machine builders a proven solution for both servo and induction motor control on a single development platform that will result in less design time and cabinet space with improved power density and efficiency.”

The Kinetix 5500 servo drive joins the Kinetix 350 and Kinetix 6500 drives to provide users with more options to match motion control needs. Integrated motion control on EtherNet/IP eliminates the need for a dedicated motion network, reducing cabling by up to 60% and removing the need to create gateways to get information to or from secluded networks.

Additionally, the VP-Series low- inertia motors new winding technology and DSL encoder, connected with the smart-cable technology allows power transmission and feedback communication to and from the K5500 drive to take place on a single cable, further simplifying application design and limiting points-of-failure for improved reliability and uncomplicated maintenance.

Suitable for packaging, material handling or converting systems with more than six axes, the Kinetix 5500 and VP-Series drive-motor system does not require discrete power rail or additional accessories so machines can be scaled up as needed. Optimally matched motor and drive ratings uses half the energy of comparable solutions, while still providing 125 μsec loop closure for maximum performance.

The Kinetix 5500 drive is the first Allen-Bradley Kinetix drive designed with an external common AC/DC bus connection system that reduces hardware requirements and allows for seamless scalability, using a single platform for either single-axis or multi-axis systems.