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Written by Britta Schulte-Döinghaus   
Tuesday, 11 March 2008
AX5000 EtherCAT drive series expanded
The AX5000 EtherCAT servo drive range has been expanded by new versions with rated currents of 18 and 25 A, the safety option card with restart lock as well as the AM3500 series servomotors, which are now also available with BISS encoders.

The AX5000 Servo Drive series is designed as a single or multi-channel version for an optimum in functionality and economy. The integrated fast control technology supports highly dynamic positioning tasks. EtherCAT as a high-performance system communication enables ideal interfacing with PC-based control technology.

Since its product introduction, the AX5000 has been approved worldwide and is available in the basic versions AX51xx (1-channel) up to 12 A and AX52xx (2-channel) up to 2 x 6 A rated motor current. 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.

New drives for higher performance

The Beckhoff Drive Technology range is constantly being expanded. The Servo Drive range has been expanded by the new versions AX5118 for rated currents of 18 A and AX5125 for rated currents of 25 A. Further variants with rated currents up to 75 A will follow.

The AX5000 quick connection system enables simple and fast connection of several AX5000 devices to form a multi-axis system. The pluggable supply and connection module combines power supply, DC-Link and 24 V DC control and braking voltage.

The AX5000 drives are extremely flexible with regard to the size and type of the connectable motors: synchronous, linear, torque and asynchronous motors can be connected with no additional measures being required.

Besides the common standards Encoder, BISS and EnDAT, the multi-feedback interface now also supports resolver.

As a further innovation, the Synchronous Servomotors from the AM3500 series are now also available with BISS encoders and form a highly dynamic drive unit in combination with the AX5000.

The AX5801 TwinSAFE option card offers safe restart lock in accordance with category 3 (EN 954).

 
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