Rohnert Park, CA ‚â€“ Parker‚â€™s Electromechanical Automation Division
announces that its Compax3 family of popular industrial servo drives is
expanding with the inclusion of a version especially designed for
With the Compax3M, the Compax3 family comprises devices for single axis
in the low- and medium-power ranges (Compax3S up to 30A), devices for
the high-power range (Compax3H up to 155A) and now for multi-axis
application, the Compax3M (C3M).
Among the advantages users of the Compax3M will enjoy:
‚Â· The ability to power multiple drives with a single power supply
‚Â· Cost savings in applications requiring multiple axes
‚Â· Considerable savings of cabinet space as axes are added
‚Â· Less time spent wiring
‚Â· The ability to share a single braking resistor across all axes
‚Â· Simplified communications
Users can take their choice from among three Compax3M power levels. The
continuous current output of these models is 5, 10 and 15 A
respectively. A 30A device will be available in the fall.
The Compax3‚â€™s size offers considerable advantages for multi-axis
applications. With an axis width of only 2‚â€ for the 5, 10 and 15A power
stages and 4‚â€ for the upcoming 30A power stage, the Compax3M is the
slimmest servo drive available on the market. Additionally, because of
the common bus design, the overall wiring overhead is greatly reduced.
Users can also take advantage of a single braking resistor and mains
Like all other devices in the Compax3 family, the C3M can be used with
Parker‚â€™s ETHERNET Powerlink-enabled multi-axis controller. The
multi-axis nature of the C3M is a perfect choice for those
high-axis-count applications using this Ethernet motionbus and the
ACR9040 for up to 16 axes of tightly integrated motion control. In
addition, optional fieldbus interfaces are available: DeviceNet,
Profibus and CANopen.
The communication is handled at the central power module with a USB
connection. The power module then transmits the commutations signal to
each of the following axis units. A multi-axis version of the popular
ServoManager software is not standard.
The Compax3M can be configured to be either a simple ‚â€œdumb‚â€ drive
controlled by a motion controller or can be configured as a fully
intelligent drive product that can be programmed in all international
standard languages defined in the IEC61131-3 specification.
Finally, the Compax3M integrates certified safety according to EN ISO
12849 PL = d Cat. 3. This feature is included on all Compax3M products
with advanced safety as an option coming soon.
Filed Under: Drives (servo) + amplifiers, Motion control • motor controls