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Parker releases Compax3M servo drive for multi-axis applications




  • July 31, 2008
  • Parker Automation


Parker releases Compax3M servo drive for multi-axis applications
Parker releases Compax3M servo drive for multi-axis applications

July 31, 2008 – Parker Electromechanical Automation announced that its popular Compax3 family of industrial servo drives is being expanded with a new version designed for multi-axis applications. Benefits that Compax3M users will enjoy include:

  • Ability to power multiple drives from a single power supply
  • Cost savings in applications requiring multiple axes
  • Adding axes saves a lot of cabinet space
  • Reduce wiring time•
  • Ability to share a single braking resistor on all axes
  • Simplified communications users can choose from three Compax3M power levels. These models have continuous current outputs of 5, 10 and 15 A respectively. The 30A devices will be available in the fall. Due to the centralized power supply, the entire drive portfolio can use different AC supply voltages without the need to implement adaptive measures. This is perfect for companies that ship machines around the world and don’t want the hassle of selecting different drive series. Like all other devices in the Compax3 series, the C3M can be used with Parker’s ETHERNET Powerlink-enabled multi-axis controllers. The multi-axis nature of the C3M is the perfect choice for high axis count applications using the Ethernet Motion Bus and the ACR9040 for tight integration of up to 16 axes into motion control. In addition, optional field bus interfaces are available: DeviceNet, Profibus and CANopen. Communication is handled by the central power module via USB connection. The power module then transmits the commutation signal to each subsequent axis unit. The multi-axis version of the popular ServoManager software is not standard. Compax3M can be configured as a simple “dumb” drive controlled by a motion controller, or as a fully intelligent drive product that can be programmed in all international standard languages ​​defined in the IEC61131-3 specification. Finally, Compax3M incorporates safety certified according to EN ISO 12849 PL = d Cat. 3. This feature is included in all Compax3M products and is an upcoming advanced security option. With Compax3M, the Compax3 range includes single-axis devices in the low and medium power range (Compax3S up to 30A), devices in the high power range (Compax3H up to 155A) and now multi-axis applications, Compax3M (C3M). The size of the Compax3 offers considerable advantages for multi-axis applications. With shaft widths of only 2 inches for the 5, 10 and 15A power stages and 4 inches for the upcoming 30A power stage, the Compax3M is the thinnest servo drive on the market. In addition, the overall wiring overhead is greatly reduced due to the common bus design. Users can also utilize a single brake resistor and power supply filter. About Parker Electromechanical Automation Part of the Parker Hannifin Automation Group since 1987, Electromechanical Automation is a full line of computer-based motion controllers, servo/stepper motor drives, servo motors and human-machine interfaces, positioning systems, gear heads and gear motors. These products automate the manufacturing of a large portion of the world’s goods and services. Electromechanical automation products are sold through independently authorized automation technology centers (composed of nearly 100 professional, well-trained organizations with more than 135 service points around the world), or purchased directly from Electromechanical Automation. About Parker Hannifin With annual sales exceeding $10 billion, Parker Hannifin is a leading global diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, providing precision-engineered solutions for a variety of commercial, mobile, industrial and aerospace markets. The company has more than 57,000 employees in 43 countries around the world. Parker has increased its annual dividend payments to shareholders for 51 consecutive years, ranking among the top five companies in the S&P 500 for the longest period of dividend increases.

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