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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.

Every machine builder knows that they have to meet stringent safety requirements to protect workers from the risk of injury. If they build machines for the EU market, they should know that the European regulatory landscape is more advanced than in most other regions, with newer and more rigorous requirements for safety design and testing.

How do I calculate a motor’s continuous torque when it is operating in an environment above its rated temperature? Since the motor’s continuous torque (Tc) is rated in a 40°C ambient, how can I estimate the motor’s continuous torque during my worst-case ambient temperature of 55°C?  

In the automation world there can be a fine line between what is considered a motion controller and what represents a basic servo drive.  It is critical to understand the functionality and intelligence of each device since, in many applications, both a motion controller and a servo drive are required to complete the system.

Using a conventional single motor and gearbox style setup on your horizontal flow pack machine could be the reason you’re not realizing the flexibility and performance you need to keep up with demand.

For manufacturers looking to offer personalization capabilities, true mass customization to batch size of one will require more than purchasing the latest 3D printer or equipment. It’s important to understand the entire supply chain involved, from product ideation and design to manufacturing and logistics.

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

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