Food-grade servomotors, FDA-compliant
Pack Expo: Beckhoff Automation introduces the food-grade AM3000 Synchronous Servomotors in new wash-down variant. IP67 design permits use in other harsh industrial environments.
To provide advanced motion solutions for the most demanding environments, Beckhoff Automation has released new food-grade AM3000 Synchronous Servomotors. These new FDA-compliant servomotors are designed with a resistant white surface coating making them ideal for food and beverage manufacturing, packaging and any application that requires wash-down. A further advantage, the coating adds only about 30% to the price of the standard versions of the servomotors, depending on the size.
The coating is well-suited for use around food products and is resistant to aggressive cleaning agents. Apart from the surface coating and stainless steel shaft, the motors do not differ from the standard offerings in Beckhoff’s high performance AM3000 series. The advantage for the user is that additional motor types do not have to be "designed into" the machine in the case of mixed use of coated and standard motors.
Hygiene regulations in the food industry place high demands on drive and control components with regard to surfaces and materials, which must be able to withstand regular exposure and resistance to aggressive cleaners. By coating a standard servomotor to make it suitable for use around food products, Beckhoff breaks new ground: the protective white coating, which is typical in the food industry, is compliant with FDA regulations and guarantees that the products manufactured with it are not in any way tainted by chemicals when proper wash-down procedures are followed. Additionally, the IP67 design permits use in other harsh industrial environments. Flange sizes 2…7 from the Beckhoff AM3000 series are available with this new optional surface coating. The company showed the new motors at Pack Expo 2010. www.packexpo.com
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- Edited by Amanda McLeman, Control Engineering, CFE Media, www.controleng.com
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