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Automation & Control T rends in Integrated Motor Drives Servo motion packaged as integrated motor drives is gaining greater acceptance, energized by the attractiveness of distributed motion and I/O solutions, and the key role it plays in enabling modular machine designs. By al Presher, contributing Editor T ducing integrated motor drive offerings and there is a push to adding advanced solutions. New products for easily interfacing remote distributed I/O, the ability to execute repetitive motion sequences in firmware, and safety on a per-axis basis are making systems more potent than ever before. Source: B&R Industrial Automation he trend toward distributing automation and motion control devices is enabling the move to modular machine designs, and has become a large part of the underlying value proposition for integrated motor drives that incorporate servo technology. The result is that more automation suppliers are intro- A modular control architecture utilizing remote I/O, drives, and cameras with only some base components remaining in a central enclosure is shown using the example of a modular packaging machine. Design News | march 2013 | www.d esign n ews.com –46–

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