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December 05, 2017
Integrated drive technology reduces machine footprint and control cabinet space requirements
New Beckhoff AMP8000 Distributed Servo Drive System Promotes Space Savings

SAVAGE, Minnesota, December 5, 2017 – Beckhoff Automation has introduced the new AMP8000 distributed servo drive system, which breaks new ground for modular machine concepts. The space-saving AMP8000 integrates a servo drive directly into a servomotor and features an ultra-compact design. By relocating the power electronics directly into the machine, a control cabinet only needs to house a single coupling module in order to supply power to multiple servo drives with a single cable via the distribution module. This results in significant savings in terms of cost, space, materials and installation effort.

With the AMP8000, space requirements for drive technology inside of electrical cabinets are reduced to a single coupling module. Via EtherCAT P technology, which provides EtherCAT signals and power over one cable, such a coupling module can control up to five distributed AMP8000 Servo Drives via an IP 67-protected AMP8805 distribution module. Since the entire AMP8000 system is cascadable, even complex motion systems can be implemented with a remarkably simple topology. In addition, Beckhoff offers preassembled cables that simplify logistics considerably and minimize wiring errors. With fewer and smaller cable routes to the motors, installation efforts are significantly reduced.

Optimized design for efficient drive integration

The drive integration concept of the AMP8000 features an exceptionally compact design. Since the power module is conveniently located at the back end of the motor shaft, the attachment dimensions of the new distributed servo drives are identical to those of the proven standard AM8000 series servomotors. The only dimensional change is to the overall servomotor length, which is extended by approximately seven cm. For the machine builder, this means that only a little additional space is needed at the motor end, so adjusting the overall motion control concept is easy, and existing machine designs do not need to be otherwise altered.

The AMP8000 distributed Servo Drive system is available in flange sizes F4 and F5. Various models are available with power ratings from 0.61 to 1.23 kW and standstill torque ratings from 2.00 to 4.8 Nm (F4) or power ratings from 1.02 to 1.78 kW and standstill torque ratings from 4.10 to 9.7 Nm (F5). STO and SS1 safety functions are integrated into the AMP8000 series by default, and a range of additional safe motion functions are in preparation.

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  • Distributed servo drive system with the one cable solution, EtherCAT P: The new AMP8000 promotes compact and fully modular machine designs.

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    Distributed servo drive system with the one cable solution, EtherCAT P: The new AMP8000 promotes compact and fully modular machine designs.


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