Motion Systems Integrate Manufacturing Automation

Sept. 13, 2011
MDrive® integrated motor products are now available for EtherNet/IP™ systems, delivering benefits to manufacturing automation including: low cost, compact size, and high reliability with minimal signal degradation over long distance.

Products will debut in September at PackExpo Las Vegas, booth 4541.

EtherNet/IP MDrive motion systems feature integrated motor, drive and fully programmable controller, with standardized IP addressing system. Other devices commonly supporting this protocol include PLCs, PACs and host HMIs by manufacturers such as Rockwell Automation, Schneider Electric and Omron. MDrive systems allow up to 254 nodes on a network while eliminating the complicated wiring and programming of traditional multi-drop systems with RS-422/485 communications. Standard RJ45 connectors and CAT5/6 cabling simplify connectivity.

EtherNet/IP MDrive systems communicate via TCP or UDP interchangeably. Adherence to established protocol standards enables networking products from different manufacturers without the need for special interface adaptation. For more information about Ethernet programming, go to

Hybrid Motion Technology™ - a hardware-based system delivering the benefits of servo and stepper motors, with unique capabilities and enhancements over both - is also available. This technology's real-time response delivers smooth movement while eliminating unintentional stalling, saves energy and lowers heat with Variable Current Setting, enables operation at 100% of motor torque, and can operate in Torque Mode which is unique for stepper motors. For complete details and benefits of Hybrid Motion Technology, go to

EtherNet/IP MDrive systems offer obvious advantages in a low cost package for a wide range of industrial motion control applications. For more specific product information, please visit

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