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BECKHOFF Automation expand AX5000 servo drive series for dynamic positioning tasks

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The AX5000 servo drive series, from BECKHOFF Automation , is expanded to include drives with higher rated currents. A total of six new servo drives enhance the AX5000 servo drive series for dynamic positioning tasks. The AX5000 servo drive series is an alternative to pneumatic or hydraulic drives. The AX5000 servo drive series is maintenance-friendly and can cope with high dynamism demands at high loads.

The AX5000 servo drive series from BECKHOFF Automation integrates high-end control technology and supports fast dynamic positioning tasks. The series utilises EtherCAT for high-performance system communication that is suitable to interface with PC-based control technology. The single-channel servo drives from the AX51xx series (rated up to 25 A) and the dual-channel AX52xx series (rated up to 2 x 6 A) are available.

The AX51xx series is supplemented with servo drives rated from 60 to 170 A for higher power. The AX5000 servo drive series is designed in three sizes with rated currents of 60 A, 72 A, 90 A, 110 A, 143 A and 170 A. Designed for flexibility, a range of motors can be connected to the AX5000 servo drive series. Motors of different sizes and types such as synchronous, linear, torque and asynchronous can be connected without additional measures. The multi-feedback interface supports all common standards.

The AX5000 servo drive series has high power built into a small device. An advantage of full EtherCAT integration is that no additional interface cards are required and no internal conversion in the controller is necessary. EtherCAT permits the design of simple drives without local parameter storage, resulting in simplified commissioning and service in the event of maintenance. All motion control functions are handled by the centralised PC-based controller.

The 120 kW power packs are suitable for the replacement of hydraulic drives or for use as the main drive in machines with small drives. The AX5000 servo drive series is suitable for plastics processing (injection moulding), metal working as well as in milling or boring machines and extruders.

The range of synchronous servomotors from the AM3000 series is also being expanded with versions that have higher standstill torques of 80 Nm, 110 Nm and 150 Nm. These servomotors are matched to the rated currents of the AX5000 servo drive series. This provides users optimally matched drive axes. The AM3000 servo drive series has the following features:

  • High-speed EtherCAT system communication
  • Rated currents: 60 A, 72 A, 90 A, 110 A, 143 A, 170 A
  • Supply voltage: 400…480 V AC ± 10 %
  • Multi-feedback interface
  • Flexible motor type selection
  • High-speed capture inputs
  • Integrated mains filters up to 72 A rated current, Cat. C3 according to EN 61800-3
  • Optional safety functions: restart lock/TwinSAFE safety functions

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