Kinetix 300 vs 350 Comparison Guide

Allen-Bradley’s Kinetix family of motion control components offers arguably the most versatile and reliable automated motion product line on the market today.  Within the Kinetix family, we find solutions for every motion-kit component type downstream of the controller – encoders, servo drives, cabling, motors, and more.  Kinetix servo drives are of particular interest given the vast range of performance and application options available.  To begin exploring Allen-Bradley’s servo drive options, we’ll start with this article on the Kinetix 300 / 350 servo drive series, its performance and technical details, and a comparison of models.     

Kinetix Family Overview

Motion Control Automation describes the concepts, hardware, and software that perform spatial or location-based tasks in manufacturing machinery.  Robotic motion is found virtually everywhere these days – from an average automatic standing office desk, to the massive boom jib on the International Space Station.  In industrial manufacturing, machine engineers choose families of motion control components to automate their equipment, turning to OEMs such as Allen-Bradley and their Kinetix Motion Control family for packaged solutions.   

If a piece of a machine needs to pick, move, separate, sort, spin, align, rotate, catch, or combine parts, then motion control automation is the solution.  Allen-Bradley’s line of Kinetix motion control gear is a purpose-built family of technologies serving precisely this need – emphasis on ‘precisely’.     

Motion control devices are grouped into families not just for ease of identification, but more importantly, to convey that these components are designed, tested, and guaranteed to achieve the highest performance levels sought by today’s machine builders.     

The Kinetix Family includes: 

  • Rotary Servo Motors 
  • Linear Motors 
  • Linear Actuators 
  • Servo Drives 
  • Logix 5000 Motion Modules 
  • A host of Motion Accessories  

Turning our attention strictly to servo drives, the Kinetix family contains a host of drive options ranging from single-axis, low cost, stand-alone drives, up to fully integrated, multi-axis varieties.  The chart below lists out all of the series in the family:   

Bulletin # Series Name Description 
Bulletin #2198  Kinetix 5700 Multi-axis, integrated motion + safety, CIP security  
Bulletin #2198 Kinetix 5500 Multi-axis, integrated motion + safety, supports VP motors 
Bulletin #2198 Kinetix 5300 Single-axis, integrated motion, low cost, simple  
Bulletin #2198 Kinetix 5100 Single-axis, indexing, I/O or PTO control, 120V-480V, 1-3 Phase 
Bulletin #2094 Kinetix 6200 / 6500Multi-axis, 400V class 3 phase power, safe speed monitoring 
Bulletin #2094 Kinetix 6000 Multi-axis, 200/400V class 3 phase power, safe torque-off 
Bulletin #2097 Kinetix 300 / 350 Single-axis, Ethernet/IP, indexing and integrated, cost-effective  

As with most Allen-Bradley products, the Bulletin Number and Series Name are numerically independent.  In particular, the Kinetic 300 / 350 series is specified using Bulletin #2097.  While this dual-number usage is confusing at first, it may help to understand its function:  the Series name and number serve the purpose of differentiating performance and feature variations between products, whereas the Bulletin number serves to group compatible / interchangeable products together.  Further, you’ll find the Bulletin number also serving as the prefix to the Catalog number, which is the ultimate identification number needed to order a single part.  In other words, you may select the 300 series based on your small application scale, and then size a single drive based on your required features and motor load, arriving at a full catalog number such as 2097-V33PR1.

A note about product lifecycles:  Allen-Bradley’s product line is in constant flux, with old products phasing out and new products phasing in all the time.  The Kinetix family itself has multiple series that may at first appear to overlap applications – please take your time reading the detailed specifications in these cases, to identify the small differences between series that might be no more than the result of being a newer model.  As a prime example, the Kinetix 300 / 350 series servo drives are scheduled for discontinuation as of December 2022, to be replaced with the newer Bulletin #2198 Kinetix 5100 / 5300 series.   

Kinetix 300 / 350 Servo Drive Overview   

To start our comparison of the Kinetix 300 / 350 servo drives, it will be helpful to explain where a servo drive fits into an overall motion control application.

The Kinetix 300 / 350 servo drive is a basic, stand-alone motion control application.  The drive receives line power in, and connects out to a motor.  Motor control functions are programmed into the drive using a Java-based web interface, and can be triggered via analog or discrete wiring from sensors, pushbuttons, or logic controllers.  

 To add functionality and reduce installation costs, these drives can be installed onto an Ethernet/IP network, allowing for message triggers instead of hardwired triggers.  

The above motion is referred to as ‘indexed control’, meaning that the motor moves to prescribed positions, identified by either an absolute or relative reference in the control software.  An example of index control is using a linear actuator to open or close a machine door.  Position 1 may be open, Position 2 may be closed, and when either position is called for by the controller (via Ethernet/IP or hardwired I/O), the actuator will move to that position.  This single-axis, multi-position indexed functionality is the most common application of a Kinetix 300 servo drive. 

In contrast to indexed control, we have what’s referred to as ‘integrated control’.  In integrated control, a motion action occurs as the result of a highly variable, virtually random, real-time event.  For example, on a high-speed sorting line, a robotic arm is required to pick up and remove one colored object from a flow of predominantly different colored objects.  An integrated motion circuit uses an Encoder Module to compute input from field sensors – in this example, optical cameras are used to spot objects by their color in real-time.  When the cameras locate an object to be removed, the encoder tells the drive to move the robotic arm to the precise location of the target object in the stream, and to pick it up for removal.  A PLC is utilized to set additional parameters such as travel rate limits, range of motion limits, and to monitor for alarm conditions. 

Now that we understand the role of a servo drive in a motion control application, let’s next look at the common features shared by Kinetix 300 and 350 Servo Drives: 

  • Single-axis solutions for low-complexity motion applications 
  • Simplified integration of the entire control solution on one network, including HMI, PAC, I/O, and motion 
  • Support memory modules for Automatic Device Replacement (ADR) 
  • TÜV Rheinland certified: PL d, Cat 3, according to ISO 13849 and SIL CL2 according to IEC 61508, IEC 61800 5-2, and IEC 61062 
  • Safe torque-off protection  
  • UL Listed in the US and Canada to UL 508C 
  • Versatile AC input voltage range: 
  • 100 and 200V-class AC, single-phase 
  • 200V-class single-phase and three-phase 
  • 400V-class AC, three-phase 
  • 2097-V31PRx (100V-class models) drive 200V-class motors at full speed 
  • 2097-V32PRx (200V-class models) include integrated AC (EMC) line filter 
  • High-resolution absolute, multi-turn and single-turn encoder feedback, auxiliary axis for Master Gearing mode 

Standard Kinetix 300 and 350 Models 

In Allen-Bradley’s convenient modern fashion, catalog numbers for the Kinetix 300 and 350 models are organized by drive power, making for easy selection.  Simply, the suffix “LM” is added to a 300 Series servo drive to change it into a 350 Series servo drive.  All electrical specifications are otherwise identical between series models.  The below chart nicely shows all part numbers and their corresponding voltage, power, and feature details.   

Kinetix 300 Drives Cat. No. Kinetix 350 Drives Cat. No. Input Voltage Continuous Output Power kW Continuous Output Current A 0-pk Features 
2097-V31PR0 2097-V31PR0-LM 120/240V AC rms, 1Ø 0.40 2.8 – 120V Doubler mode – Safe Torque-off 
2097-V31PR2 2097-V31PR2-LM 120/240V AC rms, 1Ø 0.805.7– 120V Doubler mode – Safe Torque-off 
2097-V32PR0 2097-V32PR0-LM 240V AC rms, 1Ø 0.40 2.8 – Integrated AC line filter – Safe Torque-off 
2097-V32PR2 2097-V32PR2-LM 240V AC rms, 1Ø 0.805.7– Integrated AC line filter – Safe Torque-off 
2097-V32PR4 2097-V32PR4-LM 240V AC rms, 1Ø 1.7011.3– Integrated AC line filter – Safe Torque-off 
2097-V33PR1 2097-V33PR1-LM 120V AC rms, 1Ø 240V AC rms, 1Ø 240V AC rms, 3Ø 0.50 2.8 – Safe Torque-off 
2097-V33PR3 2097-V33PR3-LM 120V AC rms, 1Ø 240V AC rms, 1Ø 240V AC rms, 3Ø 1.005.7– Safe Torque-off 
2097-V33PR5 2097-V33PR5-LM 120V AC rms, 1Ø 240V AC rms, 1Ø 240V AC rms, 3Ø 2.0011.3– Safe Torque-off 
2097-V33PR6 2097-V33PR6-LM 120V AC rms, 1Ø 240V AC rms, 1Ø 240V AC rms, 3Ø 3.0017.0– Safe Torque-off 
2097-V34PR3 2097-V34PR3-LM 480V AC rms, 3Ø 1.00 2.8 – Safe Torque-off 
2097-V34PR5 2097-V34PR5-LM 480V AC rms, 3Ø 2.005.7– Safe Torque-off 
2097-V34PR6 2097-V34PR6-LM 480V AC rms, 3Ø 3.008.5– Safe Torque-off 

We’ve covered common features between the 300 and 350 series above, so now let’s look at what features set them apart.   

Kinetix 300 Specific Features: 

  • Flexible control architecture for simple analog, PTO, or Ethernet/IP indexing command control  
  • 5 indexing types, as well as S-curve and trapezoidal moves, up to 32 points  
  • Program absolute or relative points, can move when fired by IO reference – does not need a logic controller to work 
  • Compatible with ControlLogix, CompactLogix, and MicroLogix platforms, but does not need a PAC or PLC to operate  
  • Low cost, low complexity  

Kinetix 350 Specific Features: 

  • Full motion control, fully integrated to a logic controller, usually with other servo motor controllers used for complex and on-demand multi-axis motion control, via Ethernet/IP  
  • Supports CIP motion (proprietary Common Industrial Protocol by ODVA) 
  • Real-time, closed loop motion control  
  • Fully compatible with linear and star configuration topologies  
  • Compatible with ControlLogix and CompactLogix PACs using integration motion over Ethernet/IP 

Full technical specifications can be found in the Allen-Bradley document “Kinetix Servo Drive Technical Specifications”, publication KNX-TD003G-EN-P, 10/2020. 

Application Considerations  

Our first application note to offer is a reminder that motion control systems need multiple compatible parts in order to function.  A typical Kinetix 300 or 350 system should consist of these components: 

  • One 2097-V3xxxx (Kinetix 300) drive or 2097-V3xxxx-LM (Kinetix 350) drive 
  • One servo motor or linear actuator 
  • One motor power and motor feedback cable 
  • One 2090-K2CK-D15M low-profile connector kit (required for flying-lead feedback cables) 
  • One 2097-TB1 I/O terminal expansion block 
  • 1585J-M8CBJM-x (shielded) Ethernet cable 
  • Optional – One 2097-Fx or Bulletin 2090 AC line filter 
  • Optional – One 2097-Rx shunt resistor 
  • Kinetix 350 servo drive systems can include the 2198-ABQE encoder output module 

If your application needs anything more than simplistic, low-axis count, bare-bones control, we suggest going with the 350 series.  The web server interface of the 300 series is convenient, but clunky to work with for long commissioning or troubleshooting sessions.   

For a point-wired analog or discrete system where Ethernet/IP is not available, select the Kinetix 300 series.   

For a single-phase application where power supply integrity is inconsistent, consider a V32 model in either the 300 or 350 series for its included AC line filter.   

The 300 and 350 series both have a maximum motor cable length of 20 meters.  For longer cable runs, take a look at the other Kinetix servo drive series.   

Circuit protection and fusing is of great importance with servo drives.  For the 300/350 series, generally consider class CC or T fast-acting, current-limited type fuses, with a 200,000 A interruption capacity (AIC) preferred.  See the installation manual of your specific drive for more details.     

Lastly, don’t forget about memory and battery backups for critical applications. 

We hope that this overview of the Kinetix 300 and 350 Servo Drive Series has been helpful in understanding your selection options.  For more information or to discuss which Motion Control solution might be best for your application, please visit our website here, or contact us at sales@dosupply.com or 1-800-730-0292.

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