Rockwell Automation’s New Servo System Helps to Simplify Sizing and Reduce Costs

By Craig Resnick

Company and Product News

Rockwell Automation is introducing a new Kinetix 5100 servo drive, Kinetix TLP motor and cable that can function as a system without a controller, thus helping to provide a more cost-effective option for OEMs building smaller machines.

The new Allen-Bradley Kinetix 5100 servo drive has multiple control modes available to support a wider range of high-speed, low-power motion control applications.  The drive can be used with a Micro800 controller, a Logix controller, or by itself, allowing OEMs to choose how the product best functions in their applications.

The Kinetix 5100 servo system can also help OEMs make its machines more productive for users.  With the explosion of SKUs, manufacturers are faced with multiple changeovers, which are often a manual process.  Using the Kinetix 5100 servo drive, OEMs can create a motorized, or automated, system that can help to speed up changeovers.

Additionally, with built-in safe torque off, users can remove motor torque without removing power from an entire machine, allowing a machine to restart faster after it has reached a safe state.  Dual-port EtherNet/IP also supports device-level ring topologies.

The Kinetix 5100 servo drive can provide an easier migration option for users of the Allen-Bradley Ultra 3000 digital servo drive. That system will soon be phased out in favor of the Kinetix 5100 servo drive.

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