Release of Profinet library enhances Lexium MDrive interoperability

Feb 19, 2019

Schneider Electric has released a new Automation Library that aims to improve control of industrial devices and motion control components over Profinet networks. According to the company, the library add-on instructions (AOI) enhance the capabilities of its Motion’s Lexium MDrive (LMD) products by providing executable code blocks to speed interface with popular Profinet PLCs.

The AOIs decrease the work of integrating Lexium MDrive all-in-one motor and electronics products into new and existing PLC programs. Motion is controlled over networks with functions including: relative move, absolute move, jogging, homing, read inputs and write outputs.

Lexium MDrive products integrate 1.8° 2-phase stepper motors with onboard drive electronics, controller and encoder. Products with fully programmable motion controller may be operated in several modes including closed-loop, torque control and variable current control for energy savings and reduced heating. Both rotary and linear stepper motor versions are available. The high degree of integration can reduce machine complexity, size and cost in many motion applications.