Press Releases - 2011

  • 12/20/2011

    New AKI Series Keypad HMI Panels from Kollmorgen Help Increase Accuracy and Productivity in Harsh Environments

    AKI Series facilitates reliable and accurate user inputs, even with gloved hands, in packaging, food & beverage, and coating applications      RADFORD, VA –  Kollmorgen introduces keypad versions of its AKI Series HMI Panels.  AKI series keypad visualization solutions help maintain screen clarity and provide tactile feedback to gloved users or users with soiled hands.  This helps increase accuracy and productivity in dirty or greasy environments by enabling users to enter accurate input and receive accurate data.  AKI series keypad HMI panels are available in 5.7 in. and 10.4 in. screen sizes, and are equipped with LED status indicators to give users further confidence that inputs are correct.  AKI touchscreen HMI models are also available in a variety of sizes and configurations to suit varied application needs.  

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  • 12/5/2011

    Get Exceptional Value and Good Performance with New Value-Line Servo Motors from Kollmorgen

    RADFORD, VA – Kollmorgen introduces Value-Line servomotors (VLM).  VLM servomotors offer good performance at an excellent price covering the torque range from 0.5Nm to 16Nm (peak or continuous).  The result is a high value, limited feature set motor that delivers solid servo performance for a wide variety of applications.

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  • 12/1/2011

    Support for Multiple Motion Buses Now Available from a Single Kollmorgen AKD® Servo Drive

    RADFORD, VA – Kollmorgen’s AKD>® servo drives now support the functionality of the base analog drive, indexing drive, CANopen® drive and EtherCAT® drive all from a single drive SKU. This enables printing, packaging, converting, medical and other machine builders to benefit from more efficient bench testing and prototyping, while enabling them to smoothly transition from one bus type to another.

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  • 11/28/2011

    Kollmorgen Helps Power Virginia Tech to First Place in the 2011 EcoCAR Challenge

    RADFORD, VA – November 28, 2011 – Kollmorgen collaborated earlier in the year with Virginia Tech’s Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team (HEVT) to develop and integrate the electric power generation system for the HEVT VT-REX hybrid vehicle.  The Kollmorgen solution combines standard offerings comprised of mechanics and electro-magnetic technology to satisfy all the requirements put forth by the Virginia Tech team.  VT-REX is Virginia Tech’s entry into the 2011 EcoCAR Challenge, a three-year collegiate advanced vehicle technology engineering competition.  Virginia Tech placed first overall, and received numerous additional awards related to hybrid vehicle design and performance.

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  • 11/17/2011

    Quickly Select a Motion Solution Optimized to Suit Specific Application Needs with MOTIONEERING® 6.2.0 Application Engine from Kollmorgen

    RADFORD, VA – November 17, 2011 – Kollmorgen introduces MOTIONEERING® Application Engine 6.2.0 motion system sizing and selection software.  This premiere OEM design tool utilizes a mechanism project concept to collect and save load information for multiple axes, automatically calculate application results, and compare them against a robust database catalog of Kollmorgen products to quickly identify the optimized linear or rotary motion system solutions to meet specific machine builder application requirements.  Version 6.2.0 features a number of product updates to help simplify the otherwise potentially tedious task of specifying optimized motors and drive systems.

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  • 8/10/2011

    Learn How to Build a Better Converting and Package Printing Machine at PACK EXPO 2011

    RADFORD, VA –  Kollmorgen will be on hand to discuss its family of motion systems and components, and co-engineering services at the Converting & Package Printing Expo Pavilion co-located with PACK EXPO from September 26 – 28, 2011, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Kollmorgen will be highlighting the complete automation and motion control solutions platform, Kollmorgen Automation Suite™, as well as the company’s AKD™ Ethernet-based servo drives, AKM™ servomotors and Kollmorgen Cartridge DDR® (Direct Drive Rotary) motors, in booth 5970 located in the South Building, Hall S2.

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  • 6/20/2011

    AKM Synchronous servo Motors now with only four weeks lead time: Capacity at Kollmorgen Brno works increased by 1/3

    Ratingen, 20. June 2011. In spite of considerable growth, Kollmorgen Europe GmbH reduced its lead times for its successful AKM Synchronous servo motors to four weeks. and thus is able to help its customers to realise additional competitive benefits.  Machine builders can deliver faster, and machine users will benefit from shorter service times. In addition, they can quickly improve the performance and energy efficiency of their machines. Shortening the lead time was possible through capacity increase of one third at Kollmorgen’s main European production facility in Brno, Czech Republic.

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  • 5/13/2011

    Shorten Development Cycles and Lower Overall Electric Vehicle Life Costs with New ACS GEN6 Motor Controllers from Kollmorgen

    RADFORD, VA – May 13, 2011 – Kollmorgen introduces ACS GEN6 Motor Controllers - the new generation of the company’s highly successful ACS product family.  ACS motor controllers are available in a variety of voltages (24, 36, 48, and 80V) and power levels (5-50kVA, 2min) to suit various types and sizes of electric vehicles.  Utilizing the latest MOSFET technology in combination with an innovative design concept, the new ACS GEN6 is up to 47% smaller than previous generation controllers, without any change to the power rating. 

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  • 5/12/2011

    Visit Kollmorgen at interpack 2011 to Learn how Optimized Motion Maximizes Packaging Machine Efficiency

    RADFORD, VA – May 12, 2011Kollmorgen is exhibiting its motion control technology and co-engineering expertise at interpack 2011 from May 12 -18 in Düsseldorf, Germany in Hall 08a, Stand C14.  Live demos will be featured that illustrate the exemplary performance that is attainable in real packaging applications and how customers were able to realize clear competitive advantages through differentiated motion control solutions.  Some of the most considerable improvements were achieved in throughput, productivity and machine availability, material and maintenance costs, and energy consumption.  

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  • 5/12/2011

    Achieve Uncompromised Packaging Machine Performance with Kollmorgen KBM™ Series Motors

    RADFORD, VA – May 12, 2011 Kollmorgen introduces the KBM series of frameless, brushless torque motors.  They are engineered to satisfy the demands of high-performance and space restricted applications typical in packaging. OEMs who demand higher throughput, lower noise and longer life out of their machines can rely on KBM motors to deliver. The frameless, brushless motor series, provides the reliability and flexibility that OEMs require to compete in the packaging market. KBM’s wide range of size, performance and design features provides machine builders with the right motion solution to solve their most critical motion requirements.  

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  • 5/11/2011

    Kollmorgen Appoints Udo Panenka Vice President Marketing, Global, and Patrik Hug Vice President Sales and Marketing, Europe

    RADFORD, VA – May 10, 2011 – Kollmorgen announces that Udo Panenka has been named Vice President Marketing, Kollmorgen Industrial Automation, Global.  Panenka previously held the position of Vice President Sales & Marketing for Kollmorgen Europe GmbH, a position now held by Patrik Hug. Both are responsible for driving forward Kollmorgen's course of continued growth on global and European levels, respectively. 

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  • 5/10/2011

    Smart Combination: Energy Savings and Greater Flexibility with Kollmorgen Servomotors and Servo Amplifiers

    RADFORD, VA – May 10, 2011With its AKM™ servomotor series, Kollmorgen offers an extraordinarily energy-efficient solution which frequently pays off within one year, particularly in highly dynamic applications.  The synchronous servomotors from Kollmorgen meet the highest efficiency class with IE4 in accordance with the new IEC 60034-30 standard.  On average, they require 30% less energy than traditional asynchronous motors, yet they also score with their outstanding efficiency in comparison with conventional synchronous servomotors.  The energy balance of the AKM improves even further when they are combined with Kollmorgen's versatile AKD™ servo drive - such a servo system allows the energy demand to be lowered by more than 40%, enabling savings of up to $1435 per axes, per year.  

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  • 5/10/2011

    New AKM™ Servo Motor Lowers Costs for Packaging Machines

    RADFORD, VA – May 10, 2011With the AKM™ washdown, Kollmorgen presents a food-grade version of its highly flexible AKM servomotor series – the global market leader in many industries.  This servomotor solution for processing and packing foods and pharmaceuticals clearly provides more robust benefits for both handling and maintenance than comparable products.  At the same time, it provides considerably better performance and is three times as durable.  Thanks to its innovative coating and clever design, it helps to maintain the highest standards of hygiene during cleaning.  All in all, the AKM washdown makes it possible to develop machines which are particularly compact, light, high-performance and well priced and thus provides considerable competitive advantages. 

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  • 5/10/2011

    Less is More – That Applies to Drives for Winders, Too

    RADFORD, VA – May 10, 2011.With Kollmorgen’s Cartridge Direct Drive Rotary™ (DDR) motors, Kollmorgen offers a rotary direct drive system solution that allows OEMs and end-users of packaging machines to achieve significant competitive advantages.  Consistently, the system enables 20% higher machine uptime and 30% more throughput than motor-gear solutions.  At the same time, it features 40% fewer components and on average, generates a 20% lower service cost.  Significant improvements can also be achieved in acceleration and positioning accuracy, reliability, smooth running, servo drive properties, energy efficiency, and noise development.  Over the entire life cycle, the Cartridge DDR motor can generate cost savings of up to 50%.  

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  • 5/10/2011

    Faster Optimization of Packaging Machines

    RADFORD, VA – May 10, 2011With Kollmorgen Automation Suite™, the enhanced automation and motion control solution platform,OEMs can develop better packaging machines more quickly and more easily than with any other system available on the market.  This is made possible through specialization in high-performance, multi-axis applications that make automation solutions less complex.  With its intuitive, time-saving Pipe Network™ programming concept, Kollmorgen Automation Suite allows machine builders and end-users to achieve key competitive advantages – machines can be developed significantly faster and later adapted to new products and formats in just a few seconds.  Kollmorgen Automation Suite also provides the added benefit of considerably higher throughput due to greater precision and far less waste.  

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  • 4/20/2011

    Kollmorgen's Power Generation System Named 2011 Design News Magazine Golden Mousetrap Finalist

    RADFORD, VA – April 20, 2011 – Kollmorgen’s Power Generation System has been named a 2011 Golden Mousetrap best new product finalist by the editors of Design News magazine.  The Power Generation System is a complete, robust power platform that can be optimized to meet virtually any heavy-duty vehicle’s energy requirements, with the flexibility to fit in applications where space is at a premium.  The system readily accommodates vehicle upgrades and retrofits without any need to replace the generator, wiring or drive electronics.  It is being used by the United States Army to deliver 30kW of on board vehicle power (OBVP) generation at 28VDC to their Fuel-Efficient Ground Vehicle Demonstrator (FED).  

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  • 2/18/2011

    US Army’s Fuel Efficient Ground Vehicle Demonstrator (FED) Leverages Kollmorgen’s Low Voltage Power Generation Platform to Deliver More Power

    RADFORD, VA - February 18, 2011 - Kollmorgen is unveiling a new in-line variant of the company’s low voltage Power Generation System. This lightweight solution is being used by the United States Army to deliver on board vehicle power (OBVP) generation to their Fuel-Efficient Ground Vehicle Demonstrator (FED). The Kollmorgen system enables the FED Alpha vehicle to provide 30kW of power at 28VDC, over a wide engine operating band. The Kollmorgen low voltage platform will be demonstrated on a commercial truck with a belt driven generator and a display of the Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) during the Winter Association of the United States Army (AUSA) conference from February 23 - 25, 2011, in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

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  • 2/9/2011

    Visit Kollmorgen at ProMat 2011 and Learn How to Dramatically Increase Picking Productivity and Reduce Operating Costs

    RADFORD, VA – February 9, 2011 - Kollmorgen will be exhibiting its highly flexible Pick-n-Go® order picking system at ProMat 2011. ProMat takes place on March 21 – 24, 2011, at McCormick Place South in Chicago, Illinois. Visitors will have opportunity to view the Pick-n-Go system in action, with live automated forklift demonstrations at booth number 2009. The Pick-n-Go system streamlines any order fulfillment process for exponentially higher picking productivity and significantly reduces operating expenses. It also seamlessly integrates with existing Warehouse Management Systems and established processes, and is easily adapted to satisfy specific application needs.

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  • 1/11/2011

    New Kollmorgen AKM™8 Motor Series Delivers Industry-Leading Torque Density for More Compact and Higher Performing Machines

    RADFORD, VA – January 11, 2011 – Kollmorgen introduces AKM™ 8 Servomotors - the latest addition to the company’s global, field-proven AKM motor series. With an unrivaled feature-set to satisfy global requirements right from the base hardware, AKM8 motors deliver higher torque density to cover the broadest torque/speed range in a housing that is 30% shorter than any standard motor in its class available today.

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