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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Annual Salary Survey
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.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey