PUT MOTION & CONTROL Where the Work Is Done

Cabinet-free motion control frameworks give automation system designers a new level of freedom. Now you can build improved automated manufacturing systems that almost perfectly match every performance requirement.

Decentralized motion control frameworks are helping create a new generation of open, modular and flexible machines—and AMK Automation can help liberate your next machine automation platform.

OUR CABINET-FREE TECHNOLOGY IS ENGINEERED TO PUT MOTION CONTROL EQUIPMENT WHEREVER ON THE MACHINE THEY WORK BEST:

On the servo motor
On the machine rack
On moving axes
In the working area

Why “decentralize” motion control?

For decades, the control cabinet has been a central element of many automated manufacturing system designs. In some cases, the cabinet has become the “axis” around which much of the rest of the system is (sometimes) forced to be designed.

A new generation of motion control and servo-drive technology is changing that—not just servo motors with integrated drives, but the complete range of decentralized motion control components can be used to satisfy even the most complex drive and control requirements.

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Here’s one potential configuration:

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The engineering and operational benefits are substantial:

  • Locate servo motors and drives near each moving axis to match specific motion requirements
  • Reduce or eliminate the cost of control cabinet hardware and cooling equipment
  • Simplify cabling to reduce costs and the time to complete installation
  • Create modular automation systems that can be easily reconfigured in response to changing needs

AMK makes cabinet-free possible

AMK Automation offers the AMKASMART series of cabinet-free motion control technology to make true automation modularity possible. The AMKASMART series includes a complete range of products engineered to move motion control technology out of the cabinet and onto the place in your machine where it can do the most good.

This portfolio of cabinet-free motion, control and servo motors is highly flexible and modular, enabling a simple “mix and match” framework for integration.

The AMKASMART series includes:

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AMKASMART iSA decentralized controller

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AMKASMART iC decentralized servo controller with integrated power supply

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AMKASMART iX decentralized servo controller

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AMKASMART iDT servomotor with integrated servo inverter

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AMKASMART ihXT with integrated servo controller and inverter

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What's Right for You?

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QUESTION 1

DOES YOUR MACHINE REQUIRE MORE THAN IP65 PROTECTION?

QUESTION 2

HOW’S THE TEMPERATURE IN YOUR MACHINE’S ENVIRONMENT?

QUESTION 3

ARE THERE ANY MOTORS THAT MOVE A LOAD GREATER THAN 10nM?

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YOU PROBABLY NEED A

CENTRALIZED SYSTEM

Based on your answers, the most effective and stable motion control framework for your machine locates PLC and drive components in a control cabinet. However, it may be possible to modify certain motor sizing decisions to use a hybrid framework.

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You probably need a

Hybrid System

Based on your answers, a hybrid motion control framework will provide the best system. By combining decentralized drives, power supplies and other components with a selective use of cabinet-based components, you can create a smart machine design with modular flexibility.

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YOU PROBABLY NEED A

DECENTRALIZED SYSTEM

Based on your answers, your machine seems eligible for a “cabinet-free” or decentralized motion control system. This could simplify many of your engineering, cabling and installation challenges, and free you to design an automated manufacturing system with maximum value.

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