The cooperation partners Koco Motion and Adlos present new functions in the servo drive platform KannMotion. The input for this came largely from customer requests and requirements in their applications. They make every project unique.
“Sometimes a customer requirement even entails an improvement in the overall system. We then transfer such adjustments to series production or the resulting firmware,” says Thomas Vogt, Managing Director of Adlos AG. “At the moment, the development steps are more hidden and not directly visible. They hide in reaction times, latency times and regulations. But if, for example, a more optimal reference run leads to a better result, then we make these processes available to all customers," says Mr. Vogt. An update to such new functionalities is then very easy and can be carried out intuitively via the KannMotion Manager.
The market acceptance of the servo system introduced in 2017 has also increased. Because if up to seven original individual units can be found in an overall system, this can only be advantageous in terms of purchasing, supply chain, maintenance and much more. bring. For example, the KannMotion platform eases the current difficult situation on the procurement market. "With our KannMOTION concept, we were able to guarantee very high delivery reliability," says Olaf Kämmerling, Managing Director of Koco Motion GmbH. To this end, we have increased the inventory early enough so that even longer replacement times do not pose a risk to our on-time deliveries".
All components in one
The KannMotion platform consists of 80 percent standard components, which can be put together individually using the modular principle. The USP of the servo drive system is not just that several individual components such as encoders, controllers, cabling, etc. are reduced to an overall system in which they are all integrated. The drives are also designed in such a way that they only have the functions integrated that are required in the respective application. A KannMotion can only do what it has to be able to do. But he can do that perfectly.
The drive system also works reliably like a servo motor in continuous operation and can be fully programmed using commands or sequential programs. The drive can be built with a DC motor for highly dynamic applications or with a stepper motor in various Nema sizes. In any case, the closed-loop drive has a simple structure with an integrated single-turn absolute encoder and a directly attached stepper motor controller. It has various digital inputs and outputs and an analog input. Despite the integrated units, the compact drive system only requires a small amount of space.
Complex programs can be stored and called up in the integrated, programmable controller. The input signals can be integrated into the programs. The output signals can serve as input for other units. A number of movements in a machine can be automated with the drives.
Applications to come
The intuitive programming of processes makes the drive particularly predestined for decentralized isolated solutions without complex higher-level controls. The concept is particularly suitable for cost-effective, individual solutions from small series. Other applications are positioning, controlled continuous runs or programmed motion sequences. Examples are control valves, control valves or the drive of an axis with different speeds. A particularly interesting application is the replacement of pneumatic solutions with miniaturized electric drives. However, the potential for the KannMotion is not only of an industrial nature, because it simply moves everything: from vending machines to automatically adjustable headrests in the doctor's treatment chair to carrot peelers or musical instruments.