Festo Ensures Faster Machine Changeover with the New Electric Cylinder and Closed Loop Servo Drive Solution - EPCO-CMMO-ST

This cylinder/drive combination offers the flexibility of commissioning via the internet.

Hauppauge, NY July 01, 2013


Festo is showcasing the new EPCO electric cylinder and CMMO-ST closed loop servo drive as its July featured products of the month. This cylinder and drive combination is designed to quickly assist in machine changeover, while delivering lowest total lifecycle costs through minimum energy consumption and streamlined selecting, commissioning, and installing.

The new cylinder and drive are ideal for OEMs in the packaging and light assembly industries. The EPCO electric cylinder, offered in 16, 25, and 40 mm sizes with multiple mounting configurations, is capable of moving to any position within its stroke limit with a repetition accuracy of 0.02 millimeters. This makes for flexible, fast, and reliable product changeovers. In conjunction with the CMMO-ST drive, the EPCO can be easily commissioned to move to any of 31 preconfigured records. These 31 records can be positioning, velocity, or force tasks, and can be sequenced in any order.

The CMMO-ST drive can be commissioned via the internet. OEMs or end-users simply connect to the drive via its IP address and download the parameter set for the specific hardware. Parameter sets are available on the software CD that accompanies the drive. Set updates are available online. Following download of parameter sets, engineers "home" the drive and configure or teach up to seven positioning tasks, including velocity and acceleration.

Additional drive functionality is available when the CMMO-ST is commissioned via the Festo Configuration Tool. This tool is available at no cost and can be downloaded from the Festo website.

For applications where safety is a concern, the CMMO-ST includes Safe Torque Off (STO) and is rated for Category 3 / PL d. When fieldbus communication is needed, OEMs should use the CMMS-ST Drive (closed loop drive known as ServoLite) with the EPCO. The CMMO-ST uses digital I/O for communication.

For more information about the compact design EPCO electric cylinder and CMMO-ST drive, call Festo at 800-993-3786 and visit http://www.festo.com/us.

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