Drives offering enhanced with communications options

23rd October 2017
Posted By : Joe Bush
Drives offering enhanced with communications options

The PSD stand alone and multi-axis servo drive offering from Parker Hannifin has been enhanced with the option of a new communications interface. The complete drive family is now available with EtherNet IP communications as well as EtherCAT and Profinet and can be used in conjunction with a range of controllers and PLCs.

The adoption of industrial Ethernet networks is growing steadily amongst manufacturers, and industrial equipment is increasingly connected, driven by trends such as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0. With the addition of EtherNet IP for its PSD servo drives, Parker now addresses the three most popular industrial Ethernet networks currently used in the industry.

All communication variants use the same hardware, which allows customers to easily configure the bus used. This lowers the complexity of components, especially where different controllers are used for different markets. Designed as the company’s next generation motion control product line, the PSD range is targeted at markets that include food and packaging, material forming, textiles, paper, converting and plastics machinery.

The Parker PSD multi-axis servo drive range has an ultra-compact design and has been developed to be compatible with the needs of all geographic areas. The family is available with a choice of power ratings and form factors. At present this comprises the PSD-S, a stand alone version which can be connected directly to the mains supply, and the PSD-M, a multi-axis system where each power module can supply up to three servo motors.

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