Category: Drive

Variable Frequency Drives vs Variable Speed Drives

The use of motors in modern society is staggering.  It is estimated that motor systems alone account for as much as 47% of the world’s electricity usage.  Further, within manufacturing environments, industrial motor systems account for 70% of all electricity used.  Intersecting this reality is the fact that as technology in the form of software,…

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Hardware Comparison: Kinetix 5500 vs. 5700 Servo Drives

The Kinetix 5500 and 5700 series servo drives offer innovative responses to automation and motion control needs for any system.  Combined with the right Kinetix VP servo motors, these systems optimize space and are easier and simpler to use.  Because they integrate motion control on EtherNet/IP, a dedicated motion network is not required.  This allows…

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What’s the Difference Between Single- and Multi-Turn Encoders?

The position of a shaft within a machine can affect several concerns including safety, quality, volume and other variables.  To monitor and control information that can be obtained from the shaft position and rotation, encoders were devised to measure and control the data and motion of the machine along the shaft. There are two types…

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