EC: Servo Inverter i700
Motion Control - Servo drives: Designed for multi-axis applications, the i700 simplifies machine design, build and commissioning. This is a Control Engineering 2013 Engineers' Choice finalist.
The i700 drive system features an easy assembly concept and is notably compact and flexible. Extremely short cycle times, 32-bit signal resolution and an overload capacity of more than 200% make the i700 suited for simple positioning tasks and highly dynamic, precise, multi-axis applications in handling and packaging machines and robot applications. The reduced space requirement, lower number of components and simple ease of assembly help deliver customers a significant boost in productivity. Intuitive software tools and a central engineering interface, make it simple to integrate the i700 into automation architectures through EtherCAT. Automatic download of parameters and firmware, along with auto-tuning functions, ensure fast commissioning. Additionally, the i700 features integrated safety functionality to simplify the machine design.
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
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