Saturday, February 24, 2024

Streamlined, Cost-Effective Single And Multi-Axis Servo Drives

By Akanksha Sondhi Gaur

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Designed to cater to various industrial needs, these servo drives offer a comprehensive motion controller and potential for I/O expansion. 

Aerotech Inc. announced the launch of its latest products, the Automation1 XA4 and iXA4 PWM servo drives. These products mark a significant step in motion control, offering both single- and multi-axis capabilities in panel-mounted servo motor drives. These drives are powerful and economically efficient and have a comprehensive motion controller and the potential for I/O expansion. Aerotech has also planned future enhancements, including a four-axis version and additional options for I/O expansion and DC motor supply.

Daniel Hong, the controls product manager at Aerotech, described the Automation1 XA4 series as a revolutionary advancement in motion control technology. He emphasised that these drives’ compact yet potent nature introduces new opportunities for machine builders and automation solution providers. The range of options, extending from one to four axes, enables the XA4 and iXA4 drives to deliver unparalleled precision in motion control. This innovation makes Aerotech’s renowned quality and precision accessible to various industries.

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The Servo Drive is designed to provide precise and powerful control across multiple motion axes within the same machine footprint. Integrating these servo drives with the user-friendly Automation1 motion control platform can significantly accelerate build times, enhance quality, and increase throughput, all while reducing development time. The drives offer seamless communication with Automation1 PC- and drive-based controller products through the HyperWire motion bus. They support various feedback device types and feature onboard memory for high-speed data capture and advanced process control.

The Servo Drive, equipped with an integrated motion controller, brings the same level of precision to multi-axis motion control while minimising the need for an industrial PC. This drive can control up to 12 HyperWire axes of motion and run up to nine user tasks on the embedded Automation1 controller. They supports multiple feedback device types and includes onboard memory, enhancing its capability for high-speed data capture and sophisticated process control.

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