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Every food and beverage producer is hyper-aware of high-profile cases of food contamination, leading to recalls, fines, sickened consumers and loss of brand reputation. No one wants to be next to make the headlines. And even if the product is safe, no one wants a visible lapse in quality to raise questions in consumers’ minds. Manufacturers need versatile, high-performance inspection systems to identify and remove suspect products from the production line, and they need robust data capture and sharing capabilities both for upstream quality control and downstream product traceability.

Increase Machine Flexibility and Performance

Random sampling isn’t good enough. In today’s competitive and regulatory environment, food processors must inspect every item on the line. Inspection equipment that allows detection of multiple irregularities with greater precision and speed can improve product quality while maximizing throughput and creating cost-saving opportunities.

Kollmorgen motion systems enable precise coordination of inspection systems—such as machine vision, X-ray, metal detection and checkweighting systems—with rejection systems such as flaps, pushers and arm diverters. Kollmorgen’s broad range of standard and easily modified linear and rotary motion systems offer the design versatility engineers need to optimize the dynamic movement of sensor gantries, robotic inspection systems and more.

Increase Machine Flexibility and Performance

Share and Process Control and Traceability Data via the Cloud

Share and Process Control and Traceability Data via the Cloud

Anywhere/anytime access to practically unlimited data makes the cloud ideal for improving control and gaining comprehensive, detailed visibility to support an immediate, effective response to safety issues. At an average recall cost of $10 million in direct costs alone, and an average 57 days to recall food,* cloud-based control and traceability can potentially make a huge difference for protecting a brand’s reputation and profitability.

Kollmorgen’s 2G Motion System can contribute to effective cloud-based hazard analysis, process control and product traceability. Our AKD2G drives natively support Industry 4.0/IoT, sharing data seamlessly with cloud and upstream controls to communicate status, diagnostics and predictive maintenance information in real time. A complete set of SafeMotion™ functional safety options is also built into these drives, helping ensure that the workers responsible for a safe food supply are themselves kept safe while working with inspection equipment.

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* Source: Office of the Inspector General, Department of Health and Human Services

Top Products for Food Safety and Inspection

Stainless Steel AKMH Series

Stainless Steel Food Grade AKMH Series >

The AKMH Series is built to withstand the most rigorous of washdown regimens. The combination of the AKMH’s IP69K construction and corrosion resistant materials make for a servo motor that will last the life of your machine.

STF Washdown

STF Washdown Motor - Food Grade >

These permanent magnet DC (PMDC) motors are SCR-rated and adhere to NEMA standards. They are available 90 or 180 VDC, from 1/4 to 2 HP.

AKD2G Servo Drive

AKD2G Servo Drive >

Born from a rich AKD heritage, AKD2G is the latest servo drive technology adding:

  • Dual-axis technology for additional space savings
  • Built-in functional safety options via SafeMotion Monitor (including FSoE)
  • Color Graphic Display
  • Optimized for single-cable power and feedback
ADK PDMM® - Servo Drives - Kollmorgen


The AKD PDMM® combines one AKD servo axis and the PCMM EtherCAT master controller that supports up to 31+ more additional AKD axes.

  • Full KAS automation capabilities using IEC61131-3 soft PLC industry standard programming language
  • Integrated control for multiple servo axes, complete I/O and HMI interface

AKD Servo Drive >

AKD® Series is a proven perfomer, supporting the largest customer installed base, and offers:

  • Industry leading motion control loops
  • Extensive motor feedback and drive fieldbus support including EtherCAT, EtherNet/IP, Profinet RT, etc.
  • Plug-and-play with Kollmorgen motors
  • WorkBench GUI, acclaimed for customer experience and usability

AKD-N Decentralized Servo Drive >

The AKD-N decentralized servo drive reduces cabinet space and opens the way to a smarter machine automation with 80% less cabling. Typical applications for the AKD-N are packaging machines and production machines in food and beverage industry.

  • IP67 drives can be mounted to machine, outside the control panel
  • Reduced cabling because DC, network, power supply, I/O level as well as safety (STO) run in one cable
  • More flexibility in machine design, can be “cold plate” mounted
KBM Series Frameless

KBM Series Frameless >

The KBM series offers high performance, long life, simple installation in a motor kit that can be embedded directly in your mechanical design. A huge selection of standard motors and cost-effective modifications ensure a perfect fit.

KAS components in machine

Kollmorgen Automation Suite™ Overview >

Kollmorgen Automation Suite (KAS) includes all the software and hardware you need to bring truly differentiated, high-performance machines to market faster. KAS has been proven to measurably accelerate development, increase throughput, minimize scrap and maximize overall equipment effectiveness.