New ABB matched servo motor-drive package provides high performance and IoT connectivity for motion applications

Nuremberg, Germany, November 22, 2016 - A compact, highly dynamic motion control package, comprising ABB’s new MicroFlex e190 servo drive and e-series servo motor, ensures optimized machine designs for a variety of motion applications. The drive’s Ethernet capability enables easy connection to the Internet of Things, while improved installation, commissioning, operating and maintenance features contribute to a lower total cost of ownership.
A highly dynamic motion control package featuring ABB’s latest servo drive and motor is set to save machine builders time and costs by enabling them to use fully compatible, matched components from a single supplier.

Matched servo package delivers highly dynamic motion control

The package comprises ABB’s new MicroFlex e190 drive and e-series servo motors (eSM) that are designed, optimized and tested as a pair to ensure a high performance, energy efficient package.

The MicroFlex e190 is a single and three-phase servo drive, rated from 0.4 kW to 3 kW, 105 to 230 V AC. Individual drives can be connected by a DC bus, and thus reducing energy wastage as energy generated by one drive can be used by others.

The compact package makes it possible to reduce the installation footprint by up to 40 percent. Thanks to its integrated Ethernet networking technology, the drive can be integrated within many of the major Ethernet systems without needing additional hardware.

The eSM motors feature special magnetic materials and compact windings that provide a maximum torque density and low loss design, combined with peak overload torque capability of up to 300 percent. The new servo motors offer high resolution absolute encoders for precise dynamic performance that results in greater productivity and better end product quality.

The package includes system software tools, PLCs, safety devices and service products, and is suitable for a wide variety of applications in the food and beverage, metal cutting and forming, plastics and rubber and woodworking industries.

Connectivity to the Industrial Internet of Things

Ethernet opens up powerful control solutions as well as giving access to secure data, allowing the motion control application to connect to the Internet of Things. The MicroFlex e190 features all major Ethernet protocols enabling OEMs and system integrators to use one package for a variety of applications and to enable easy connectivity.

Real-time performance offered by EtherCAT provides microsecond synchronization between devices that enables tighter control for optimized machine cycle times and precision. The status and application specific data provided by the drive enables device or system level monitoring and provides a platform for OEMs to offer services such as predictive maintenance.

Lowering the total cost of ownership

By selecting all their drive and motor components from one supplier, OEMs and system integrators can benefit from a ready-tested package, as well as one source for service and back up. They can be sure that ABB’s suite of products work seamlessly together, which can be a challenge when using multi-vendor solutions.

The MicroFlex e190 is straightforward to install thanks to its separate motor power and easy-to-wire connectors, thereby saving on installation costs and time. Configuration is streamlined by using ABB’s integrated software suite, Automation Builder 2.0, including virtual commissioning, which ensures all products within the package are matched. This also facilitates motion system selection and reduces risk. Downtime can be minimized by the use of a memory unit that saves all the relevant applications parameters. Should a drive fail, the memory unit can be quickly swapped to another unit without using a PC or having to re-enter parameters via a keypad.

Ultimately, the same support and service network can be utilized for the whole system, ensuring ownership and simplified support.

ABB is driving the Fourth Industrial Revolution

For over 4 decades ABB has been working on process control systems, communications solutions, sensors and software. These digital technologies enable our customers in industries, utilities and infrastructure to analyze data more intelligently, optimize their operations and, boost their productivity and flexibility. We are advancing our digital offering as ABB AbilityTM, helping our customers develop their existing technologies, while keeping sight of our enduring commitment to safety, reliability, cyber security and data privacy leveraging the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The product mentioned in this news release extends the offering of ABB in this area.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. For more than four decades, ABB is writing the future of industrial digitalization. With more than 70 million devices connected through its installed base of more than 70,000 control systems across all customer segments, ABB is ideally positioned to benefit from the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolution. With a heritage of more than 130 years, ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 135,000 employees.

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  • For more information please contact:
  • David Greensmith
  • Drives and Controls
    Head of Product Management and Marketing – Motion
    Phone: +44 1454 859258