Digital Drive System offers scalable performance.

Press Release Summary:

Incorporating servo-drive and frequency converter technology into one platform, IndraDrive is available as servo or vector drive, covering 1.5-120 kW output range. Optional integrated PLC provides programming and parameterization through single interface. IndraDrive supports standard communication protocols, including SERCOS, PROFIBUS, CANopen, DeviceNet, and INTERBUS, as well as analog and parallel interfaces. Integrated safety technology complies with EN 954-1, Category 3.

Original Press Release:

Rexroth's IndraDrive Digital Drive System Provides an Unparalleled Level of Scalable Performance

Company will display its new digital drive system at the ASSEMBLY TECHNOLOGY EXPO, September 28-30, 2004, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL, Booths 1605 & 1611

Rexroth's new digital drive system features complete scalability in functionality, power and safety.

Scalable Functionality
The IndraDrive incorporates Rexroth servo-drive and frequency-converter technology into one platform. With an optional drive-integrated, IEC61131-3 compliant PLC, plus built-in safety technology and motion function-block programming, the IndraDrive eliminates the need for a traditional PLC on small machines.

The integrated PLC provides programming and parameterization through a single interface. The IndraDrive supports all standard communication protocols, including SERCOS, PROFIBUS, CANopen, DeviceNet and INTERBUS, as well as analog and parallel interfaces. In addition, the drives can be equipped with additional encoder interfaces, industry-specific technology functions and cross-synchronization options.

Scalable Power
The IndraDrive's modular platform offers cost-effective scalability in terms of power. The drives units, available as servo or vector, cover the entire output spectrum - from 1.5 to 120 kW. The power supply units are available as either regenerative or non-regenerative units.

Both open- and closed-loop servo versions are available on the same platform. This makes it easy to use only one unique drive package with the same interfaces, power section and start-up tool for machines with different requirements.

Scalable Safety
The IndraDrive fulfills the industry's demand to implement time-critical and safety-relevant functionality into the drive. The IndraDrive is available with integrated safety technology that complies with EN 954-1, Category 3 - a crucial new safety standard for European machines. This means the IndraDrive requires no additional hardware or indirect control solutions.

In North America, the Bosch Group manufacturers and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket products, industrial automation and mobile products, power tools and accessories, security technology, packaging equipment and household appliances. Bosch Rexroth Corporation, a merger of Bosch Automation Technology and Rexroth, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH. In the year 2003, Bosch Rexroth AG achieved sales of $4.4 billion (3.7 billion Euros) with 25,700 employees.

Under the brand name of Rexroth, the company offers all relevant drive, control and motion technologies: from mechanics, hydraulics and pneumatics to electronics and associated services. Rexroth has 500,000 customers in over 80 countries and is an extensive supplier of components and systems for industrial and factory automation and mobile applications.

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