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The AKD BASIC drive offers the performance features of our leading AKD Series along with built-in machine and motion control that can be programmed in the Beginners’ All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code, or BASIC The key to mastering AKD BASIC programming is learning how to use this language within Kollmorgen’s WorkBench software.

The Mentor Session Series for AKD BASIC provides an interactive learning experience with instructor demonstrations that allow you to observe programming techniques and strategies. We will begin with how to set up the drive, then lead you through the process of programming various functions. The instructor will also answer any questions you may have in real time.

Our Mentor Session Series provides the flexibility to target your own development in areas where you might need some additional education. Check back often, as we routinely update the Mentor Sessions with both on-demand learning opportunities as well as our very popular live events.


The AKD BASIC drive is easy to program using the Beginners All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code programming language, or BASIC. In this session we will demonstrate how our WorkBench software allows for easy programming, testing and verification of BASIC programs. Additionally, you will learn how to set up and prepare an AKD BASIC drive using the terminal screen.

Topics covered:

  • Taxonomy for the trajectory generator, allowing you to create motion
  • Strategies for using key motion commands and when they should be utilized
  • The rationale behind loops to create motion automation decisions
  • How to execute motion

AKD BASIC Advanced Programming Loops

Building from the AKD BASIC Setup course, this session covers core loops: If…Then…Else, For…Next, and Select…Case. This session will focus on how to embed a loop into a larger routine, use When statements, and program an interrupt.

You’ll learn how to implement:

  • Strategies to embed loops within loops
  • Techniques for creating complex motion
  • Procedures to interrupt or leave a loop
AKD BASIC mentor sessions

About the Presenter(s)

Gordon Ritchie
Gordon Ritchie has over 31 years of experience partnering with machine builders to design motion solutions across the broadest array of applications. He teaches more than 60 technical motion classes each year as well as mentoring application and technical support teams. Gordon is an avid learner who enjoys the Blue Ridge Mountains, photography and videography.