Ethernet-Based Servo Drives help simplify machine design.

Press Release Summary:

AKD® PDMM and AKD® BASIC are scalable solutions that let designers leverage one drive platform to satisfy motion needs, from single-axis control up to 128 axes of fully programmable and tightly synchronized motion, across machine designs. Products have common GUI across power range (up to 24 Arms continuous and 48 Arms peak) and offer pug-and-play commissioning. Range of connectivity and control options include EtherCAT®, EtherNet/IP™, CANopen®, Profinet, Analog, and pulse train command.

Original Press Release:

Scalable AKD® Servo Drive-Based Solutions Satisfy Simple Single Axis Control, up to 128 Axes of Complex Fully Programmable and Synchronized Motion

Flexible high-performance motion solutions from Kollmorgen simplify machine designs while satisfying virtually any application need

RADFORD, VA – With the recent additions of the AKD® PDMM and AKD® BASIC to its servo drive family, Kollmorgen now has available a complete suite of high-performance and scalable motion solutions that enable OEMs to simplify the design, reduce the size and improve the performance of virtually any machine.  Scalable solutions enable machine designers to leverage a single drive platform to satisfy unique motion needs – from simple single axis control up to 128 axes of fully programmable and tightly synchronized motion – across machine designs.

“Each product in the AKD platform fits a specific need in the machine market, so a machine designer is sure to find a motion solution that seems tailor-made for the machine architecture. The result is a highly optimized solution at COTS pricing with all the performance that the market has come to expect from Kollmorgen,” says Kevin Liu, Product Manager of Industrial Automation. “The flexibility of the AKD platform is also ideal for machine builders who are looking for a migration path from a traditional controller to a modern digital motion bus based system.  The AKD platform supports both solutions and leverages the same configuration software to make the transition even easier.”

AKD Ethernet-based servo drives enable machine builders to standardize on a single drive family with a common Graphical User Interface (GUI) across the power range (up to 24 Arms continuous and 48 Arms peak). This results in optimized machine performance, throughput and accuracy across multiple applications, while minimizing engineering time and costs associated with stocking, understanding and programming multiple types of drives. These drives offer pug-and-play commissioning for instant and seamless access to everything in a machine.  AKD servo drives are available in a wide range of connectivity and control options including EtherCAT®, EtherNet/IP™, CANopen®, Profinet as well as Analog, and pulse train command control options.

AKD PDMM combines a high-performance multi-axis motion controller, complete IEC61131-3 soft PLC, EtherCAT master, and AKD servo drive in a single, compact package.  This enables OEMs to lower machine costs, reduce panel space by 50 percent or more and simplify wiring and integration, while increasing system flexibility, scalability, and motion performance.  AKD PDMM is ideal for applications where precise synchronization of multiple axes of motion is vital, and can reduce the time required to commission complex systems from weeks or more to days or even hours.

AKD BASIC incorporates a programmable single-axis motion controller into the existing AKD drive footprint, enabling OEMs to build a more compact and cost-effective machine by eliminating the need for a separate PLC.  The registration correction, camming, s-curve and free-form motion profile capabilities delivered by the integrated motion controller, combined with the simplicity of BASIC programming language and a built-in Program Editor with debugging tools, enables machine builders to reduce development time by up to 70 percent and to easily execute complex processes, faster than is possible with conventional servo drive-based options.


Kollmorgen is a leading provider of motion systems and components for machine builders around the globe, with over 70 years of motion control design and application expertise.

Through world-class knowledge in motion, industry-leading quality and deep expertise in linking and integrating standard and custom products, Kollmorgen delivers breakthrough solutions unmatched in performance, reliability and ease-of-use, giving machine builders an irrefutable marketplace advantage.

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