Integrated Motors with Dual-Port Communications 

By incorporating two M12 Ethernet connectors instead of just one on each axis, the integrated stepper motor supports more efficient network topologies...
Applied Motion Products

Applied Motion Products will introduce two new NEMA 24 frame integrated motors with dual-port communications for connecting to the industrial Ethernet net-work of a plant or machine at Pack Expo Las Vegas in Central Hall, Booth C-3614 on Sept. 23-25 in the Las Vegas Convention Center. 

 

By incorporating two M12 Ethernet connectors instead of just one on each axis, the SWM24IP-3DE Integrated Stepper Motor and TXM24IP-IDG StepSERVO™ Integrated Motor support more efficient network topologies such as line networks and daisy-chain connections. 

 

EtherNet/IP network communications are the widely used industrial protocol for manufacturing automation applications. With EtherNet/IP, users can control, configure and query a drive using an open, standards-based, industrial Ethernet connection at speeds up to 100 Mbits/sec. All drive and motor features are accessible over the EtherNet/IP network, including more than 100 commands and 130 registers for controlling motion, I/O, configuration, polling, math, register manipulation, and Q programming.

 

The additional Ethernet communications port on the motors allows for cost savings and design simplification by reducing cables, eliminating bulky cable trays and downsizing network switches. For example, in a star network, every single motor must connect to the central switch on a dedicated cable. In a line network using motors with dual-port communications, only the closest motor connects to the switch with the rest connecting to each other in a daisy-chain configuration.  In addition to shortening cable runs between motors, only one port is needed for the entire network, which means a smaller Ethernet switch. 

 

The SWM24IP-3DE and TXM24IP-1DG integrated motors are IP65 rated for use in splash-zone and dirty environments. Each motor features a NEMA 24 (60 mm) mounting flange, which has the same mounting dimensions as a NEMA 23 motor but with a larger shaft to accommodate a higher torque output.  Both motors include a built-in encoder for enhanced positioning capabilities. The SWM24IP-3DE can perform stall detection and stall prevention functions for more reliable and ac-curate performance than an open loop motor, and in a broader range of applications.