Servo drives are compatible with more Industrial Ethernet protocols

Paul Boughton
Baldor's e100 servomotor drive family has been re-engineered so that it is now compatible with three industrial Ethernet standards - Ethernet/IP, Modbus TCP and Powerlink - as well as standard TCP/IP networks and Baldor's own highly popular Mint system building environment. The versatile drives offer system builders a choice of servo motor, closed-loop vector or V/Hz motor control modes, combined with an array of features and configuration options that provide exceptional versatility.
The new drives are versions of Baldor's e100 single- and three-phase drives. Until now these have been compatible with the real-time Powerlink Ethernet standard, TCP/IP and Baldor's Mint system building environment. With this new release, however, the drives can also be configured for use on Ethernet/IP or Modbus TCP networks. These communications protocols greatly extend the applications potential of the drives in PLC-controlled applications.
Baldor says its Microflex e100 and Motiflex drives have earned a reputation for being easy to configure and use thanks to features such as wizard application software that removes the traditional complexity of drive set-up.
In addition, the drives offer many novel hardware capabilities from which PLC users can benefit. The three-phase drives are energy-efficient, offering a DC bus system that can share regenerated power with other axes. As well as their own local I/O and Canopen expansion, many drives also have option card slots, providing a high degree of configurability for specific applications including almost all fieldbuses. Other features include universal encoder feedback input and programmable notch filters to eliminate mechanical resonance effects, as well as the ability to be used with servo motors, closed-loop vector motors or in V/Hz motor speed control modes.
Baldor's product manager, David Greensmith, states: "Our new drives support multiple standards - out of the box - at no extra cost and without any need for plug-in cards. They provide system builders with a universal drive platform that can be used in many different ways to suit different customers and applications - from standalone motion control systems to networked systems hosted by PLCs or other devices."
In addition to the new drive functionality, Baldor says it now supports all of the Ethernet networks on its Nextmove e100 motion system and machine controller. This combines network control capability with control facilities for up to seven analogue or stepper drives, and may be used standalone or in conjunction with PLC or PC hosts.
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