The second generation of servo drives speak EtherCAT

10th April 2017
Posted By : Anna Flockett
The second generation of servo drives speak EtherCAT


Exhibiting at Hannover Messe this year, KOLLMORGEN will be showcasing the AKD2G servo amplifier and PCMM motion controller at the joint ETG stand. The new AKD2G generation of servo amplifiers from KOLLMORGEN uses EtherCAT as the system bus.

A real-time Ethernet system for motion and safety: KOLLMORGEN uses EtherCAT as the system bus for the second generation of AKD2G servo amplifier. High-performance communication with EtherCAT also plays a vital role for the new PCMM motion controller. Both devices will be exhibited by KOLLMORGEN at the Hannover Messe from 24th-28th April 2017 at the ETG user organisation stand in hall 9, stand D18.

Machinery and plant manufacturers have a real advantage when safety technology communication is incorporated into the machine´s existing real-time communications. With this in mind, the second generation of KOLLMORGEN AKD2G servo amplifier uses FSoE - the EtherCAT safety protocol - for safe communication.

As safety and motion both run over the same cable, the need for additional secure wiring together with EA safety modules to control the safe motion functions has been eliminated.

The AKD2G is particularly impressive in this regard: with Safe Brake Control (SBC) and the integrated Safe Brake Test (SBT), KOLLMORGEN provides an important safety function, for, as an example, the vertical axes on the controller side.

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