Motek, the international trade fair for production and assembly automation, will take place in Stuttgart from October 10 to 13, 2023. In Hall 7, Booth 7317, ebm‑papst will be presenting new drive solutions, such as the modular drive system, for automation in a new performance class.

Modular drive system with new performance class
To cover even higher power levels in automation, ebm‑papst has expanded its existing ECI drive series. The new BLDC motors are based on the internal rotor principle with safety extra-low voltage (24 / 48 VDC), and have a diameter of 80 mm and a rated output of up to 750 watts. By combining different modules, they can be individually put together to create a complete drive system. Encased in a robust metal housing, degree of protection IP54 is achieved as standard. The modular drive system includes planetary gears with different reduction ratios as well as encoder and brake modules. Hall sensors for detecting the rotor position are currently integrated for operation on a remote drive controller; other integrated electronics modules such as speed or position controllers with an optional bus interface are set to follow.

Construction kit system enables individual drive systems
Previously, it was not unusual for there to be long wait times for the perfect drive system, as this often involved having to develop individual solutions first. The modular drive system from ebm‑papst now allows the quick creation of custom drive solutions. The individual drive modules can be combined through standardized interfaces. Just like a construction kit, customers can combine the motor online with the appropriate power, brakes, encoders, electronics, and planetary, spur gear or angular gearboxes in no time at all.

Intelligent drives with EtherCAT interface
EtherCAT combines the advantages of Ethernet-based communication with the simplicity of classic fieldbus systems, thus avoiding complex IT solutions. Within the ECI series from ebm‑papst, drives, for example in size 63 modular drive systems, are already established with an integrated BUS interface called K5 electronics functionality. Now the internal rotor motors can also be addressed via EtherCAT. To achieve this, high-performance interface electronics have been added to the drive housing. The advantages for decentralized drives lie primarily in the synchronization of several axes, the reduced time and effort required for integration, and a space-saving design within the machine.

You can register for a free trade show ticket here. The ticket is valid for the trade show from October 10-13, 2023.

The ECI 63 from ebm-papst's modular drive system with integrated BUS interface comes with the benefits of EtherCAT.
The ECI 63 from ebm-papst's modular drive system with integrated BUS interface comes with the benefits of EtherCAT.