Cut Costs, Boost Machine Flexibility with Distributed Servo Systems
Until a few years ago, the servo drives and associated power supplies for the typical industrial machine were all installed in air-conditioned, centralized drive cabinets, often requiring long power runs and feedback cables out to the motors themselves. On large machines especially, this approach required that a good bit of installation and commissioning work be reserved for the end-user's facility, adding onsite troubleshooting effort and start-up time. Further, centralized drive cabinets and all those long wire runs made it difficult to add or change machine functionality once the system was up and running. Meanwhile, end users were demanding more modular, more flexible machines that could accommodate rapidly shifting demand for different products and product variations. In this latest installment of the Control Design Essentials series, learn how you can cut costs and build more flexible machines with distributed servo systems.