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Article | March 2, 2012
Schneider Electric: Integrated all-in-one motion systems
Now available for EtherNet/IP systems, MDrive integrated motor products from Schneider Electric Motion provide a compact, low-cost package that is ODVA conformance tested and will interface with many manufacturer systems including Rockwell and Omron.
MDrive EtherNet/IP motion systems feature integrated motor, drive and programmable I/O with standardized IP addressing, eliminating complicated wiring and programming of traditional multi-drop systems with RS-485 communications. Standard RJ45 connectors and CAT5/6 cabling simplify connectivity.
The solutions allow machine builders and OEMs to seamlessly and simultaneously control and configure intelligent motion control devices over one network to control an unlimited number of motion centric axes anywhere on a machine or plant floor. MDrive EtherNet/IP products have a configuration port provided for setting the IP address. Windows-based TCP/IP Configuration Utility sets parameters and assembly object mapping. Adherence to established protocol standards enables the networking of products from different manufacturers, without the need for special interface adaptation. As an adapter class device, MDrive EtherNet/IP products are capable of explicit or implicit messaging.
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