Intuitive servo drives deliver high performance

Paul Boughton
Parker Hannifin is launching its latest family of Compax3 intelligent servo drives that is designed to offer OEMs and end users a full range of drive options while being simple to program and operate. In addition, Compax3 servo drives are based on a common operating platform, delivering high levels of performance and functionality, and have been developed for use in global applications, with support from Parker's worldwide network of sales and technology centres.

The Compax3 family of single- and multi-axis servo drives can operate at between 1 and 110kVA, and are suitable for use with all common types of motor and actuator, including sine-commutated synchronous and asynchronous motors, torque motors, linear servo motors and voice coil motors. Similarly, the Compax3 system supports a variety of different feedback technologies such as resolvers, sine cosine in single- or multi-turn versions, Hiperface or Endat interfaces, analogue and digital Hall sensors, and distance-coded, rotary and linear encoders.

As an open system, Compax3 can be used with Profibus, Canopen, Devicenet, Ethercat and Powerlink protocols, and can also be supplied with a real-time drive bus for dynamic, multi-axis synchronised applications.

The functionality and performance of Compax3 is enhanced still further by Parker's Integrated Engineering Tool software. This uses PLCopen motion control function blocks and wizard technology to make setup, configuration and subsequent tuning and adjustment quick and simple. In addition, the software includes features such as integrated online help, automatic debugging, IEC 61131-3 programming, an oscilloscope function, and support for mechatronic systems through Motormanager and Hydraulicsmanager modules.

Compax3 servo drives are available with a wide choice of options, and are supported globally by Parker's network of manufacturing, sales and technology centres. The company can provide dedicated system design and development, supply preconfigured systems ready for installation and, through its position as a global specialist in motion and control technologies, offer complete drive, pneumatics, hydraulics and mechatronic systems.

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