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Beckhoff Drive Technology

Supplier: ESM Australia

The drive systems for high dynamic positioning tasks

Price Guide: POA

AX5000 – the EtherCAT drives

The AX5000 Servo Drive product line from Beckhoff sets new standards in Drive Technology. The AX5000 series is available in single- or multi-channel form and is optimised in terms of function and cost-effectiveness. The integrated, fast control technology with a current control cycle of up to 31.25 µs supports fast and highly dynamic positioning tasks. EtherCAT as high-performance system communication enables ideal interfacing with PC-based control technology and supports coupling with other communication systems.

The AX51xx 1-channel Servo Drives are designed for rated motor currents up to 12 A (further variants up to 75 A are in preparation). The AX52xx 2-channel Servo Drive enables operation of two motors with identical or even with different capacity, up to a total current of 12 A. The multi-axis drives with variable motor output allocation optimise packaging density and the cost per drive channel.

The AX5000 is very flexible with regard to motor types: A wide range of motor sizes and types can be connected without additional measures. Examples include synchronous, linear, torque or asynchronous motors. The multi-feedback interface supports all common standards. Several AX5000 devices can be connected easily and quickly to form a multi-axis system using the “AX-Bridge” quick connection system.

Servo Drives AX2000/AX2500

The AX2000 and AX2500 series complement the Compact Servo Drive segment with two types: The AX2000 series is a powerful variant designed for a nominal current of up to 70 A. The AX2500 series Servo Drives are modularly expandable and are optimised for applications where space is tight. The maximum nominal current is 6 A.

Servomotors AM2000, AM3000, AM3500

The Synchronous Servomotors are brushless, three-phase motors meeting DIN 42950, and are equipped with permanent magnets in the rotor. This high quality neodymium magnetic material makes a significant contribution to the motors’ exceptional dynamic properties. The AM2000 motors feature angled connectors (up to 90°) for the power supply and the feedback signals. The AM3000 features continuously rotatable connectors. Beckhoff offers resolver, encoder and power leads as ready-assembled accessories in different lengths. In contrast to current trends, the AM3500 servomotors have a higher moment of inertia, making them particularly suitable for machine tool axes with stringent synchronism requirements. They are also ideal for applications with higher inertia, such as rotary tables, for example – without the need for an additional gear unit.

Linear Servomotors AL2xxx, AL3800

The three-phase Linear Servomotors from the AL2000, AL2400 and AL2800 series as well as the ironless AL3800 Linear Servomotors complement the motor range. The linear motors can be used wherever the rotary design reaches mechanical limits during installation or where special drive characteristics in terms of dynamics, synchronism or acceleration are required.

Stepper Motors AS1000

The Stepper Motors of the AS1xxx series are a cost-effective alternative to Synchronous Servomotors for the small and medium capacity range. Different Stepper Motor types with torques ranging between 0.38 Nm and 5 Nm can be used as actuators or auxiliary axes for machine construction and automation applications.