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Multi-Axis Motion Controller supports up to 128 axes of motion.

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November 19, 2012 - Ideal solution for production machines, Simotion D445-2 DP/PN and D455 DP/PN controllers features Profinet I/O interface with 3-port switch allowing use with network topologies such as line, star, or tree structures. Supporting real-time and isochronous real-time data exchange, interface can also be operated as controller and/or device of another controller. Product includes 2 Profibus and 2 Ethernet interfaces, as well as 28 digital I/Os, of which 16 can be used for machine-based tasks.

Siemens Industry, Inc.

390 Kent Ave., Elk Grove Village, IL, 60007, USA

Original Press Release

Siemens Introduces Simotion D Motion Controllers for Enhanced Packaging Machine User Productivity

Press release date: October 28, 2012

CHICAGO, PACKEXPO — Siemens Industry, Inc. announced today the extension of the upper performance range of its popular Simotion D motion controllers.  The new generation of Simotion D445-2 multi-axis controllers has new features such as onboard Profinet interfaces, high-speed I/O, and with three times the performance, a single controller can support up to 128 axes of motion.

Simotion D motion controllers are the ideal solution for production machines covering all levels of performance — from simple single-axis positioning tasks to complex synchronous applications — with extremely short cycle times on a large numbers of axes.  Thanks to its scalability, Simotion D offers users a high degree of flexibility for the ever-changing demands on machine automation.  The Simotion D drive-based multi-axis control not only offers PLC, motion control and advanced technology functions, but also an integrated drive control based upon Siemens Sinamics S120 drives.

Today, with the new Simotion D445-2 DP/PN and D455-2 DP/PN versions, the performance range has been extended even higher.  Compared to the previous generation, the maximum quantity has been doubled to 128 axes and the memory capacity significantly expanded.  This has increased the PLC and motion control performance by a factor of three.  With Simotion D445-2 DP/PN and D455-2 DP/PN, the previously optional Profinet I/O interface has now been integrated on the modules as standard. This frees up the option slot for other expansion cards.  The onboard interface is equipped with an integrated three-port switch and facilitates different network topologies such as line, star or tree structures, without the need for additional external switches.  The interface not only supports real-time (RT), but also isochronous real-time (IRT) data exchange and can be operated as a controller and / or device of another controller. 

In addition to the Profinet interface, Simotion D445-2 DP/PN and D455-2 DP/PN also have two Profibus and two Ethernet interfaces, as well as 28 digital I/Os, of which 16 can be used for technology tasks such as output cams and measuring inputs with micro-second resolution.

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The new Simotion D motion controllers for production machines cover all levels of performance, from simple positioning tasks to demanding applications with extremely short cycle times or large numbers of axes, up to 128. 

Please forward all inquiries to:
Siemens Industry, Inc.
Motion Control Business 
390 Kent Avenue
Elk Grove Village, IL  60007
Attn:  Marketing Communications

For specific product information and inquiries, call (800) 879-8079 ext. Marketing Communications or send an e-mail to:  SiemensMTBUMarCom.industry@siemens.com

Siemens Industry Sector is the world’s leading supplier of innovative and environmentally friendly products, solutions and services for industrial customers. With end-to-end automation technology and industrial software, solid vertical-market expertise, and technology-based services, the sector enhances its customers' productivity, efficiency and flexibility. With a global workforce of more than 100,000 employees, the Industry Sector comprises the Industry Automation, Drive Technologies and Customer Services Divisions as well as the Metals Technologies Business Unit. For more information, visit www.usa.siemens.com/industry .

The Siemens Drive Technologies Division is the world's leading supplier of products, systems, applications, solutions and services for the entire drive train, with electrical and mechanical components. Drive  Technologies serves all vertical markets in the production and process industries as well as the infrastructure/energy segment. With its products and solutions, the division enables its customers to achieve productivity, energy efficiency and reliability. For more information, visit www.usa.siemens.com/drivetechnologies .

CONTACT: John Meyer
(847) 640-1595
john.meyer@siemens.com

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