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Until recently, purchasing drives, motors, and cables from different suppliers was routine. The technology simplified the process of choosing the cables, and any installation technician was capable of choosing cables that met a specific application’s needs and installing them without causing any critical issues in the system.

A motion controller is a programmable device that manages connected electronic drives and motors to perform specific functions for automating and controlling machinery.  Motion controllers can range from very simple microprocessor chips embedded into the electronics of 3D printers to sophisticated multi-axis CNC systems operating precision machining centers. 

Servo systems are widely used in many precision applications. While careful deliberation on the optimum servo motor, servo drive, and feedback elements is the norm, the cables that connect the power and feedback are often an afterthought that compromises the desired system performance.  The four key specifications that must be considered when choosing the right cable design for a servo system are voltage, current, shielding, and flexibility.

While servo motors and drives are prevalent in a wide variety of industrial applications, what should be considered when they operate in extreme or hazardous environments? In many cases, the motor itself operates in the extreme environment, while the drive electronics are protected from hazards. This blog addresses the servo motor performance challenges and the design considerations needed when a motor operates in extreme environments.

Working with motion control experts like Kollmorgen makes selecting a servo system easier and faster, resulting in an optimal system for the application.

There are lots of reasons to choose a frameless motor. They’re extremely compact, simple, efficient and precise. Is that what your application requires?

An explosion proof motor is clearly marked with a nameplate that identifies its suitability for a given hazardous environment.  The nameplate will indicate the hazardous Class, Division, and Group for which the motor is suited.

Electric motors generate heat under normal operating conditions and have the potential to generate a spark if a motor coil fails. Excessive motor case temperatures or a spark that is not properly contained can cause an explosion or ignite a fire in environments where specific hazardous materials are present.

From concept to production, Kollmorgen is the one partner you need for the most ambitious design, the most capable engineering and the most confident delivery. 

Electro-optical/infrared systems play a crucial defense role on land, in the air, at sea and in space. See how we engineer motion solutions to help you make every design mission a successful one.

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