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Nowhere is strict quality control more important than in the pharmaceutical industry. Safety, purity, shelf life, product tracking and even marketability all depend on getting it right. At the same time, precise motion control must be matched with extremely high throughput to meet the demand for millions of doses per day. And manufacturing processes must be carried out under strict hygienic conditions, from formulation to cartoning.

Speed and Precision Required, 24/7

Filling and mating capsules requires perfect positioning at very high speeds. Indexing speeds of 25 milliseconds per position are not uncommon. Pressing tablets, printing lot numbers, die cutting, blister packaging, bottle filling, boxing and other manufacturing processes all have demanding motion requirements. Given the nature of the product, any waste or scrap due to an error in these processes can be very costly. In addition, many pharmaceutical companies depend on around-the-clock operation to satisfy demand, so reliability and ease of maintenance are critical.

Productivity Drives Profitability

Kollmorgen motion solutions are engineered to provide optimum throughput and accuracy, and are built for long-term reliability with minimal maintenance. Our advanced development tools and industry-specific co-engineering expertise have been proven in pharmaceutical machines that operate at 35 percent or greater throughput with 50 percent less scrap – directly improving productivity and profitability.

Hygienic Equipment for Quality and Purity

In addition to technical performance, everything on the manufacturing line must be completely hygienic. All materials, lubricants and finishes must be safe for direct and incidental contact with the product. Components must be able to withstand frequent, high-pressure washdowns and caustic cleaners with no corrosion or ingress. We provide pharmaceutical-grade versions and IP66 protection for motors, decentralized drives, gearboxes and other components, as well as stainless steel options for the ultimate in cleanliness and corrosion resistance.

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AKM Washdown and Food Grade >

AKM Washdown and Washdown Food Series servomotors incorporate a protective 2-K coating, IP67-rated seals, stainless steel hardware, special greases and other materials designed for applications such as food, beverage and pharmaceutical processing where hygiene and frequent cleaning are critical requirements.

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.

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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.

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

AKM Motors >

Our best-in-class, high-performance servomotors offer a wide range of mounting, connectivity, feedback and other options. More than 500,000 standard models are available along with co-engineered modifications to suit almost any application…

Direct Drive Linear and Rotary Motors >

Kollmorgen pioneered the development of direct drive technology. Today, our Direct Drive Rotary (DDR) and Direct Drive Linear (DDL) motors bring you industry-leading performance, zero maintenance, clean mechanical assembly, improved accuracy, higher…
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Cartridge DDR® >

Our exclusive Cartridge DDR® servomotors combine the performance advantages of a frameless motor with the ease of installation of a full-frame motor. The advanced electromagnetic design provides up to 50 percent more torque density than comparably sized conventional servo motors.