The Ethernet-based AKDTM Servo Drive delivers
best-in-class performance with industry-leading flexibility, scalability and
power range to meet the unique performance requirements of nearly any
application; from basic torque and velocity applications, to indexing, to
multi-axis programmable motion. As a result, machine builders are able to
standardize on a single drive family with a common Graphical User Interface
(GUI) across the power range to deliver optimized machine performance,
throughput and accuracy across multiple applications; while minimizing
engineering time and costs associated with stocking, understanding and
programming multiple types of drives. Of primary
significance to design engineers is scalable programmability, which enables the
AKD Servo Drive to satisfy the requirements of virtually any application
ranging from a single axis of motion that is as simple as analog torque and
velocity, to up to 128 axes of fully programmable synchronized motion.
Additionally, the AKD Servo Drive delivers the versatility, communications, and
power that OEMs need to expand machine performance and increase integration
speeds. The AKD Servo Drive facilitates true plug-and-play operation with
standard Kollmorgen servomotors and linear positioners to get an optimized,
high performance system up and running quickly, in less space and for less
cost, than lower performing options. Multiple Ethernet connectivity options
available from the base hardware support a variety of open and closed
protocols, without the need for separate option cards. And a broad power range in a smaller, compact
design enables machine builders to use these robust drives with a single
interface. With the ability to meet the performance requirements of most
any application from the same base drive, scalable programmability, again, is a
significant benefit that sets the AKD Servo Drive apart from other servo drives
available today. Additionally, the AKD Servo Drive is uniquely capable of
supporting the most commonly used feedback devices and Ethernet Motion buses
from the base hardware, without the need for any separate option cards. Because these capabilities are available "out
of the box" from the base hardware, the AKD Servo Drive maximizes quality and
operational flexibility while reducing costs and overall footprint increases
associated with integrating option cards. The AKD Servo Drive delivers patented
Auto-tuning algorithms that automatically adjust all gains, and provides
immediate and adaptive responses to dynamic loads and promises precise control
of all motor types. Auto-tuning can also
help overcome less-than-perfect mechanical designs and help machine builders
solve even the most challenging scenarios by compensating for compliant
transmissions and couplings that would otherwise rob a machine of its intended
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