EC: AKD Basic Servo Drives
Motion Control - Servo drives: AKD Basic are Ethernet-based servo drives feature an integrated single axis motion controller, enabling OEMs to build a more compact and cost-effective machine than is possible with a separate drive and PLC configuration. This is a Control Engineering 2013 Engineers' Choice finalist.
AKD Basic delivers high-performance with an integrated and easy-to-use single axis motion controller that effectively replaces two devices with one. This servo drive puts the power into the OEM’s hands enabling them to further differentiate their machine performance to satisfy the unique demands of their customers without the time and cost associated with vendor customized motion components. The camming, s-curve and free-form motion profile capabilities delivered by the integrated motion controller, combined with the simplicity of Basic programming language and a built-in Program Editor with debugging tools, enables machine builders to easily execute complex processes, faster. Having machine control built right into the drive enables design engineers to eliminate some small to medium PLCs from the machine. This reduces the amount of wiring, number of components and dedicated panel space, enabling OEMs to reduce the cost and size of their machines.
AKD Basic also works well in machines that still require a PLC with multiple interfaces, including digital I/O and Ethernet communications. The integrated high-performance motion controller can also help users run more complex processes and increase machine throughput in single axis applications. The fast interrupt routines and conditional “when” statements ensure fast program execution, which is key for coupling motion and machine control. These routines and “when” statements are scanned every 250 microseconds. Users will also be up and running faster because the easy-to-learn BASIC programming language simplifies program flow control to significantly reduce the time needed to complete project code. Additionally, a Source Code lockout feature helps users protect their machine designs and IP; functionality that further helps machine builders achieve and maintain a competitive advantage.
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