Compact, Dynamic Servomotors conserve space in motion systems.

Press Release Summary:

Available with F1 flange size with 40 mm edge length, AM801x and AM811x are designed for 230 Vac, offer quadruple overload capacity, and come in 3 overall lengths that cover 0.22–0.55 Nm torque range. Absolute encoder and One Cable Technology (OCT) are standard, while backlash-free permanent magnet holding brake and feather keyway groove shaft are optional. Upon request, motors are available with multi-turn absolute encoders. Drive position is stored in EEPROM without battery buffering.

Original Press Release:

Beckhoff Automation Expands AM8000 Line of Compact, Dynamic Servomotors

Servomotor series now features F1 flange size with 40 mm edge length, saving space for motion systems

SAVAGE, Minnesota –  The new AM801x and AM811x servomotors from Beckhoff Automation offer a low rotor moment of inertia as well as quadruple overload capacity, adhering to the highest requirements for motion dynamics even in the smallest installation spaces. With these new models, Beckhoff has added the new flange size F1 with a 40 mm edge length to the AM8000 servomotor series. Three overall lengths cover a torque range from 0.22 to 0.55 Nm, enabling the implementation of highly dynamic, yet exceptionally compact drive solutions. This space-saving design makes the servomotors ideal for applications with fast cycle changes, and machines with small footprints, conserving plant real estate.

The new motor types differ in their rated voltage, among other factors. An extremely compact and economical EtherCAT servo system can be implemented simply by combining the AM811x motors with EL7201-0010 and EL7211-0010 servomotor I/O terminals from Beckhoff, providing 2.8 ARMS and up to 4.5 ARMS respectively, at 50 VDC. Additionally, the AX5000 EtherCAT servo drive (1 or 2 channel, up to 3 A continuous current per channel) can be used to control the AM801x servomotors, which are designed for 230 VAC.

Optionally, the servomotors are available with backlash-free permanent magnet holding brake and feather keyway groove shaft. To offer maximum performance in a compact size, the motors are equipped with an absolute encoder and One Cable Technology (OCT). With OCT, the motor supply and position feedback signal are transmitted through a single cable, significantly reducing the component and installation costs. Upon request, the motors are available with multi-turn absolute encoders.

Three key integrated user benefits

Due to the multi-turn absolute encoder integrated in the AM801x and AM811x motors, the absolute position of the drive is immediately known when switching the axis on, making homing functions unnecessary. Thus, the system can be started without reference drives to the end positions. Not only can the position of the axis be determined in this way, but also the current displacement speed. The drive position is stored in an EEPROM without battery buffering.

With these features, the new motors are ideally suited for feed and traversing axes, since limit switches and additional encoders are not required. The compact AM8000 series servomotors can also be rapidly and reliably identified in plant networks, thanks to the electronic type plate that contains mechanically and electronically relevant data such as serial number, type, and manufacturer’s data. Integrated error memory also enables on-line diagnostics in the motors.

Moreover, safe drive functions can be implemented very simply, even in the smallest installation spaces when using the AM801x servomotors in conjunction with the AX5805 TwinSAFE Option Card (installed in AX5000 series servo drives). This not only enables traversing and feed axes to be switched off safely, but also the programming, including safe motion functions according to EN ISO 13849-1 to PLe. The motors can be switched torque-free, and monitored in terms of speed, position, and direction of rotation. Thus, traversing and feed axes can now be easily integrated into the TwinCAT software platform from Beckhoff, which considerably increases the availability of the entire machine.

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Beckhoff Automation is a provider of advanced and open automation solutions based upon proven technologies for customers to implement high performance control systems faster and at a lower overall cost than traditional PLC and motion control systems. Beckhoff’s “New Automation Technology” product range includes PC-based control, industrial PCs, automation controllers, operator interfaces, I/O, servo drives and motors. With representation in more than 60 countries, Beckhoff is well-positioned to provide global sales and service to its customers. Beckhoff sales and service are handled directly, with no intermediaries involved for exceptional customer service and consultation.

Please send readers' questions regarding “New AM801x and AM811x servomotors from Beckhoff” to:

Beckhoff Automation LLC

13130 Dakota Ave

Savage, MN 55378

Toll-free: 1-877-TwinCAT

Local: 952-890-0000

Fax: 952-890-2888


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