Press Release

December 18, 2014
Servomotor series now features F1 flange size with 40 mm edge length, saving space for motion systems
Beckhoff Automation Expands AM8000 Line of Compact, Dynamic Servomotors

SAVAGE, Minnesota, December 18, 2014 – The new AM801x and AM811x servomotors from Beckhoff Automation offer a low rotor moment of inertia as well as quadruple overload capacity, adhering to the highest requirements for motion dynamics even in the smallest installation spaces. With these new models, Beckhoff has added the new flange size F1 with a 40 mm edge length to the AM8000 servomotor series. Three overall lengths cover a torque range from 0.22 to 0.55 Nm, enabling the implementation of highly dynamic, yet exceptionally compact drive solutions. This space-saving design makes the servomotors ideal for applications with fast cycle changes, and machines with small footprints, conserving plant real estate.

The new motor types differ in their rated voltage, among other factors. An extremely compact and economical EtherCAT servo system can be implemented simply by combining the AM811x motors with EL7201-0010 and EL7211-0010 servomotor I/O terminals from Beckhoff, providing 2.8 ARMS and up to 4.5 ARMS respectively, at 50 VDC. Additionally, the AX5000 EtherCAT servo drive (1 or 2 channel, up to 3 A continuous current per channel) can be used to control the AM801x servomotors, which are designed for 230 VAC.

Optionally, the servomotors are available with backlash-free permanent magnet holding brake and feather keyway groove shaft. To offer maximum performance in a compact size, the motors are equipped with an absolute encoder and One Cable Technology (OCT). With OCT, the motor supply and position feedback signal are transmitted through a single cable, significantly reducing the component and installation costs. Upon request, the motors are available with multi-turn absolute encoders.

Three key integrated user benefits

Due to the multi-turn absolute encoder integrated in the AM801x and AM811x motors, the absolute position of the drive is immediately known when switching the axis on, making homing functions unnecessary. Thus, the system can be started without reference drives to the end positions. Not only can the position of the axis be determined in this way, but also the current displacement speed. The drive position is stored in an EEPROM without battery buffering.

With these features, the new motors are ideally suited for feed and traversing axes, since limit switches and additional encoders are not required. The compact AM8000 series servomotors can also be rapidly and reliably identified in plant networks, thanks to the electronic type plate that contains mechanically and electronically relevant data such as serial number, type, and manufacturer’s data. Integrated error memory also enables on-line diagnostics in the motors.

Moreover, safe drive functions can be implemented very simply, even in the smallest installation spaces when using the AM801x servomotors in conjunction with the AX5805 TwinSAFE Option Card (installed in AX5000 series servo drives). This not only enables traversing and feed axes to be switched off safely, but also the programming, including safe motion functions according to EN ISO 13849-1 to PLe. The motors can be switched torque-free, and monitored in terms of speed, position, and direction of rotation. Thus, traversing and feed axes can now be easily integrated into the TwinCAT software platform from Beckhoff, which considerably increases the availability of the entire machine.

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  • <p>“The new AM801x and AM811x servomotors with flange size F1 enable the implementation of extremely compact, yet highly dynamic servo solutions.”</p>

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    “The new AM801x and AM811x servomotors with flange size F1 enable the implementation of extremely compact, yet highly dynamic servo solutions.”


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