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16 Mär 2016

Kollmorgen Decentralized AKD® Servo System Honored as Finalist in the 2016 Design News Golden Mousetrap Awards

AKD-N solution saves machine designers control panel space, weight and expense

Golden Mousetrap Finalist LogoRADFORD, VA –March 1, 2016– Kollmorgen is pleased to announce that its AKD Decentralized Servo System has been honored as a Golden Mousetrap Finalist in the Automation and Control category. The annual awards are sponsored by Design News to recognize and celebrate the companies, products and people energizing North American design, engineering and manufacturing. The Golden Mousetrap Awards were announced at the Golden Mousetraps Ceremony held February 9, 2016 at the Anaheim Marriott.

The AKD-N multi-axis servo system is a decentralized drive platform consisting of a central power supply and robust IP67-rated servo drives, which are placed near the motor. In high-axis-count machines, a substantial portion of the control-panel space may be consumed by classic panel-mount drives, including the requisite fusing, filtering, etc. In contrast, a decentralized drive platform significantly reduces the necessary panel space and expense by distributing the servo drives around the machine.
AKD-N with Cables
Other decentralized systems integrate the drive onto the motor; but this limits the choice of motors, and limits the power a motor can deliver due to the heat generated by the motor and drives. Plus, it’s nearly impossible to offer a hygienic solution when the drive is mounted to the motor.

The AKD-N addresses these issues by offering an IP67 drive that can mount near the motor and still allow the use of nearly any Kollmorgen motor, including the AKMH™ hygienic motor. The patented design also enables substantial cable reduction, which reduces panel space and machine weight: Power supply, safety and fieldbus communication are combined in a single 11-mm diameter hybrid cable. On the motor side, there is also only a single cable needed for power, brake control and feedback. Together these can lead to cable savings of more than 80%.


Kollmorgen is a leading provider of motion systems and components for machine builders around the globe, with over 70 years of motion control design and application expertise. Through world-class knowledge in motion, industry-leading quality and deep expertise in linking and integrating standard and custom products, Kollmorgen delivers breakthrough solutions unmatched in performance, reliability , and ease-of-use, giving machine builders an irrefutable marketplace advantage.

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