Trends in servo drives: productivity, speed, performance
Increased performance, support for up to 128 axes, and onboard Ethernet are among features in today’s advanced servodrives.
Servodrive and motion control product trends, according to Siemens Industry, include better performance and support for up to 128 axes of motion with one controller. New servodrive features include onboard communications and ability to cover all levels of performance for production machines.
Controllers can offer PLC, motion control, advanced technology functions, and an integrated drive control. Advanced networking capabilities with integrated Ethernet network switch can facilitate different network topologies, such as line, star, or tree structures, without additional external switches.
Graphical software simplifies configuration, programming, testing, and commissioning of applications.
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After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.