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17 Nov 2011

Kollmorgen Automation Suite™ in the AKD™ servo amplifier: Optimize high-performance, multi-axis applications more quickly

Ratingen, 17 November 2011 – Kollmorgen has integrated its Kollmorgen Automation Suite™ automation platform into its AKD™ servo amplifiers. The result are AKD PDMM (Programmable Drive Multi-Axis Master), servo amplifiers with integrated, high-performance PLC and motion-control functionality that can be programmed via the intuitive graphic Pipe Network programming environment. Additionally, the five standardized IEC 61131 SPS languages are available, with PLCopen motion-control function modules for motion control. The AKD PDMM provide new options for designing and operating individual and multi-axis machines, with machine engineers and users being able to achieve significant competitive advantages. AKD PDMM helps machine builders build machines that are more flexible, more precise and more productive than before, requiring up to 20% fewer components and 30% less space, and are capable of being customized for different applications very rapidly.

Each AKD PDMM can coordinate up to eight axes with standard AKD in 250 μs. As a result, interfaces and numerous expensive components can be eliminated, reducing system costs. Since a sophisticated visual display is also integrated into the Kollmorgen Automation Suite – the Kollmorgen Visualization Builder which can be programmed with particular ease and speed – only one graphic terminal needs to be connected in order to obtain comprehensive, efficient and cost-effective machine operation.

The Kollmorgen Automation Suite automation platform that is integrated into the AKD PDMM is specially customized for high-performance applications where multiple axes need to be perfectly synchronized with each other. Their highly-developed controllers and control loops permit operation at higher bandwidths and greater throughput. At the same time the Pipe Network contributes to improving machine performance by replacing otherwise highly complex programming with a graphic description with drag-and-drop functionality. Beginning with a virtual master, all functions and relations between components, plus all movements and settings, can be defined with graphic description blocks. As a result, the machine architecture and dependencies between the axes of an application can be projected precisely and clearly in a very short timeframe.

Once the system is projected Kollmorgen Automation Suite provides the option of virtual simulation. Motion profiles, axis conditions, synchronizations, and other variables can be optimized in real-time without any need to connect a single device. As a result, numerous time-consuming test runs with the machine can be omitted, start-up time is considerably reduced and any possible risks are recognized and eliminated at an early stage.

As with all AKD models the compact and feature-rich AKD PDMM combines first-class performance with exceptionally high flexibility, scalability and dynamics to meet the requirements of almost all applications. Numerous communication options and performance classes are available. The converters not only improve machine performance, throughput and accuracy but also enable machine engineers to use a uniform drive platform with the same graphic development environment (IDE) for lots of different applications. This means that the engineering effort and costs associated with understanding and programming and with storing different converter types disappear.

In addition to a main control with optional control console that can be connected to a network, AKD PDMM is also suitable as motion controllers for an overriding control. They have an I/O expansion with which local response times can be quickly achieved. Additional decentralized I/O and special assembly groups can be added to the drives in real time via EtherCAT®.


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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