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12 May 2011

Visit Kollmorgen at Interpack 2011 and Learn How Optimized Motion Maximizes Packaging Machine Efficiency

Ratingen, 12 May 2011 – Kollmorgen 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, and machine availability, material and maintenance costs, and energy consumption.

A special highlight at the Kollmorgen exhibit is a new series of KBM frameless, brushless torque motors that are ideal for sophisticated, high-performance and space-restricted applications typically found in the packaging sector. Compared with other direct drive motor solutions, the KBM series is unique due to its first-class power density and multiplicity of standard build components. These attributes enable OEMs to quickly and cost-effectively develop differentiated motor and machine solutions that are tailored perfectly to market and customer requirements, using the modular design principle. Furthermore, KBM solutions score with the general advantages of direct drive motors compared with conventional motor and motor-transmission solutions, including greater precision, durability, dynamics and compactness.

Kollmorgen is also exhibiting two typical packaging applications developed using Kollmorgen Automation Suite™, where customers can increase machine productivity by 25 percent, with 25 percent less programming effort. Kollmorgen Automation Suite is a complete machine automation solution that simplifies the design and maximizes the efficiency of high performance multi-axis applications. Its Pipe Network™ graphic programming environment empowers designers to develop better quality machine solutions faster. The visual user interface with virtual master and drag-and-drop symbols for machine functions illustrates the architecture and the relationships between the various axes of a system. The ability to run virtual simulations minimizes the need for expensive test runs with the machine. Highly developed controls and control circuits that permit operation with greater bandwidths and more throughput, complete the automation solution.

Kollmorgen will also exhibit a client solution for packing machines, based on the patented rotatory direct drive CDDR (Cartridge Direct Drive Rotary). By using CDDR instead of a transmission solution, machine availability can on average be increased by 20%, and throughput by 30%. At the same time, service costs on average drop by 20%, and the number of build components is decreased by 40%. The basis for achievable improvements is, on the one hand, the omission of transmission and control belts, on the other the use of a servo system with expanded band width. Furthermore, the characteristics of CDDR technology bring positive results.

Also included in the live demos shown in action is a new standard solution for the packing of foods and pharmaceutical products: the servo drive AKM Washdown. With this solution, clients profit not only from an extraordinarily high performance density and flexibility, but also from 30% lower costs for materials and 20% lower costs for maintenance and commissioning. The life span of the motor, furthermore, is three times as long as that of comparable Washdown motors. The secret of the solution characteristics is in the innovative coating of the motor that has been well proven for some time in other areas. It allows the omission of an expensive, heavy, stainless steel enclosure or additional enclosures without compromising hygiene.

A further highlight at the Kollmorgen stand illustrates the advantages of the Kollmorgen synchronous servo motor AKM compared with an asynchronous motor. Thanks to integrated permanent magnets, considerably smaller mass inertia and precise, energy saving and space saving configurability, the AKM solution on average requires 30% less energy. The figures look even better when combining the AKM with the AKD servo drive. Stored motor data and refined control algorithms optimize the energy demand. With an electricity price of 15 Cents per KWh and a machine life span of eight years, the savings – compared with a solution with asynchronous motor without regulator – can amount to 3,744 Euros per axle. This is the result of a comparison test.

Asynchronous motors of the new efficiency class IE 1 have recently come under the spotlight of the EU due to their inefficiency: as from June 16, 2011, they are no longer permitted on the EU market in their performance range of 0.75 kW to 375 kW.

Lastly, Kollmorgen is also demonstrating a bottle filling application where new KBM series frameless, brushless motors are used. KBM series motors are particularly attractive in bottle filling applications thanks to their compact design, very even, precise and secure movements, easy installation and the number of available product variants that enable users to achieve the precise performance demanded of the application. KBM models are available in 14 sizes for low and high voltage operation, and offer many different torques, performances and speeds in a cost-effective, compact build group. Thanks to the variety of available solutions, machine builders have access to motors that meet the unique performance and dimensional requirements of their specific applications without the high costs associated with adapting and procuring special solutions.


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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