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Schneider Electric launches EtherCAT bus series servo

Mar. 08 ,2024

Recently, Schneider Electric, a global digital transformation expert in the field of energy management and automation, based on its professional technology and practical experience in the field of servo motion control, following the Lexium 18P pulse servo driver, released the Lexium 18E bus servo driver and a variety of servo motors. and will continue to be updated and iterated. Relying on the continuously enriched Lexium 18 series of servo products, Schneider Electric will help corporate customers build more efficient and intelligent flexible manufacturing equipment and production lines to create more value.


The servo system determines the accuracy, control speed and stability of automated machinery and is the core of industrial automation motion control. In recent years, with the rapid development of new energy, semiconductor equipment, electronic and electrical equipment and other industries, the application scenarios of servo systems have become increasingly complex: compared with traditional single motion control requirements, controllers in some production lines not only need to connect more than 8 devices at the same time The servo axis cooperates with many other devices using different communication protocols, and even realizes real-time monitoring of the device status. Against this background, how to implement a more flexible and simplified wiring method in the servo system and a more efficient, stable and high-speed data transmission communication method has become the focus of the industry.


Bus technology support directly addresses users’ pain points


Based on the real demands of users for multi-axis motion control and large-scale servo node connection, the Lexium 18E bus-type servo drive launched by Schneider Electric is based on the EtherCAT communication protocol that is easy to integrate, has flexible topology and strong network scalability. The servo drive can be connected using the EtherCAT bus. The driver is connected to encoders, controllers and other equipment, bringing advantages such as wiring simplification, ecological collaboration, flexibility improvement, and real-time diagnosis to meet the diverse on-site production needs of enterprises:


Simplified wiring: Supports the series connection of multiple servo systems and equipment, simplifying wiring operations. Especially when there are many servo connection nodes, it can significantly save wiring and labor costs.

Ecological synergy: It can be "seamlessly" connected to the customer's existing EtherCAT bus ecosystem, realizing rapid connection between servo drives and field equipment such as inverters, sensors, weighing equipment and machine vision equipment, and achieving rapid production.

Improved flexibility: Supports distributed control and multi-axis synchronous control to achieve precise and coordinated motion control between multiple servo axes. It is suitable for complex mechanical systems on the production site and helps improve flexible production capabilities.

Real-time diagnosis: The built-in advanced network chip has the advantages of high-speed data transmission and low-latency response, and can realize high-speed, real-time communication and coordination between EtherCAT devices. By monitoring equipment status and performance parameters in real time, operators can remotely diagnose and troubleshoot faults to ensure equipment and production safety.


In terms of servo motors, based on the original 46 models of BCH 18 optically programmed incremental servo motors, Schneider Electric has brought 8 models of BCH18 optically programmed incremental servo motors and 54 models of BCH18 optically programmed absolute servo motors, followed by BCH18M series servo motors, which are more cost-effective and more compact, will be launched one after another to provide users with diverse choices. in:


More compact: The BCH 18M series servo motor is more compact in length. Compared with the BCH 18 series servo motor, the overall length is shortened by 10-20%. It is suitable for production equipment that has strict requirements on the size of the servo motor or has limited internal space to improve its performance. Space utilization.

More choices: As a general-purpose motor, the BCH 18M series servo motor covers two types: magnetic braiding and optical braiding. Its rated power range is 0.1-1.8kW, which will be gradually expanded to 3kW in 2024 to meet the actual production needs of users in different industries.


In addition, the Lexium 18E bus-type servo driver, BCH 18 and BCH 18M series servo motors have also passed CE certification, providing reliable guarantee for the company's production safety and compliance, while meeting the product qualification requirements for overseas business.


Create efficiency influence Lexium18 series servo is widely recognized by the industry


With the four major functional highlights of adaptive resonance suppression, terminal vibration suppression, STO safety function and dynamic braking, Schneider Electric's Lexium 18 series servo products have been successfully used in many industries such as electronics and electricians, new energy, material processing and packaging. More than 100 customers, covering more than 80 types of equipment such as film winding machines, flying probe inspection machines, laser cutting machines, filling machines, and handling robot arms.


It is worth noting that Lexium 18E bus-type servo drives and motors have been tested on silver paste dispensing machines, fully automatic high-precision circular knife die-cutting machines, and have a significant impact on equipment jitter such as packaging back-end and rapid sorting. The excellent performance and service in strict scenario tests have been highly recognized by users. The Lexium 18P pulse servo driver released last year uses pulse signals for control and has the characteristics of high precision, high response and high reliability. With the cooperation of the general-purpose BCH 18 servo motor, it has excellent fast response and positioning accuracy. Help semiconductor manufacturing companies build high-quality die bonding machines.


Yang Hang, Marketing Director of Schneider Electric's Industrial Automation Business in China, said: "Under the guidance of the 'China Center' strategy, Schneider Electric has always been driven by innovation, based on the real needs of the industry, and oriented to solving customer pain points to provide appropriate, high-quality products. Product solutions. With its deep insights into the local market and industry-leading product research and development capabilities, Schneider Electric will continue to enrich and optimize the Lexium 18 series servo product matrix, aiming to help more industry companies achieve efficient production, improve resilience, and support my country's manufacturing high-quality development of the industry.”