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Five factors to consider when selecting a drive controller for automated, safety-oriented machines

29 November 2018

When choosing a drive controller for highly automated process plant and machines, a number of factors should be considered, including functional safety, real time communications, ease of integration, feedback control and stability of the operating environment, says Mark Checkley of KEB Automation.

In applications such as materials handling, textiles, woodworking, plastics, food and beverage processing, packaging, robotics and machine tools, processes are typically high speed with production plant, equipment and machines operating at high speeds, high reliability and in a stable operating environment. Minimising production downtime is critical, as well as ensuring the safety and energy efficiency of machines and processes.

When selecting drive controllers for high speed, highly automated, safety-oriented applications, a number of important factors should be considered.

Read the full article in the December issue of DPA



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