New technologies for multi-axis drive systems

June 22, 2006
Converting, printing, packaging, paper machines and machine tools are just a few of the various applications that have standardized on multi-axis designs. This White Paper shows how multi-axis drive systems are becoming an increasingly popular method to provide customers with compact, efficient, and cost-effective drive solutions.
By Craig Nelson, Siemens E&A Production Machines

THE POPULARITY of multi-axis drive systems continues to grow and has recently been boosted by the mechatronic push from mechanical solutions to electronic drive solutions. An example of this would be the migration from a single motor line shaft to a multi motor saftless solution which adds performance and machine flexibility while decreasing mechanical maintenance and machine limitations. When the additional advantages of size, cost, and power sharing capabilities are considered over stand alone drive systems, it is evident current drive trends will develop around multi-axis drive solutions.