Baldor Electric Corp. rolled out an Ethernet-connected multi-axis drive this week that could provide real-time, deterministic operation for factories that need control of multiple machines. The drive was displayed on the show floor at National Manufacturing Week here in Chicago, IL.
Known as the MotiFlex e100, the new drive integrates Baldor’s real-time Powerlink Ethernet control and can simultaneously handle servo motors, vector motors and stepper motors, said John Mazurkiewicz of Baldor. The drive operates between 1.5A and 16A with flexible overload ratings.
“You can coordinate with many motors and have Ethernet communications,” Mazurkiewicz said. “And with Ethernet you get a deterministic real-time signal and that’s important for motion control.”
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