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Servo drive family extended with 4 new multi-axis modules

14 April 2008

The new C3M servo drive family from Micromech offers considerable advantages for multi-axis applications in the 2 to 20kW power range.

For systems using four or more axes, the new C3M drive family can offer savings in several areas including cost, space, energy consumption, plus cabling and installation overheads. Available in four power ratings, with current outputs of 5A, 10A, 15A and 30A, the C3M drives use a centralised power supply module and a shared dc bus system.

Two power supply modules are offered featuring continuous output ratings of 10 and 20kW and a wide three-phase input voltage rating of 230-480VAC. By utilising a centralised power supply module approach, direct mains operation on different mains systems globally is possible without the need for any adaptive measures. This approach also has the additional advantages of considerably reduced wiring overhead, plus cost savings through the use of a single shared mains filter and braking resistor.

With the slimmest servo drive modules in their power class, C3M drives are only 50mm wide for power stages up to 15Amps, and 100mm wide for the 30A power stage. When compared to the overall installed size of competitive drive products currently available in the drives market, the space saving is yet another advantage offered by the C3M drives.

Key differences in this latest version of the Compax3 family are to be found in the ‘front-end’ software and the new integrated safety technology, where the designers have incorporated safety technology within the C3M drives to make them conform to EN ISO 13849.

C3M drives come with a product support DVD that includes the new ‘Integrated Engineering Tool’ - this multi-axis configuration tool simplifies project management with all the necessary configuration files, IEC-programs, cams etc. contained in one single resource. Communication between the computer and drive axes is done via a single USB-connection cable, with the inter-drive communication wiring already integral to the C3M system.

As with the rest of the Compax3 drive family, C3M drives are CE and UL approved and support a range of servo motor technologies including synchronous-, asynchronous-, linear- and torque-motors. The use of scaleable technology offers the user a selectable level of functionality and control - ranging from simple analogue torque control to advanced motion control programmed under IEC61131 - so you only pay for what you need. Compax3 drives also feature an extensive range of interfacing options including Ethernet, Ethernet PowerLink, CANopen, Profibus, DeviceNet and standard ASCII serial communications (RS232/RS485/USB).

With their broad power range and advanced technology feature set, C3M drives are suitable for use in a wide range of application areas including medical, food preparation, packaging and handling, through to printing, pre-press and assembly, up to conveyor, material forming and press drives.

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