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Cabinet-Free Motion Control Solutions: What Is The Real Potential?

Automation designs are often restricted by control cabinet limitations. Discover how advances in servomotors, drives and motion controls enable simpler, more modular cabinet-free automation

When motor controls became a focal point of machine design, the size of electrical cabinets grew – sometimes becoming as large as the machine mechanic itself. This development has led to many constraints on OEMs, systems engineers and end-users.

In this article, Tom Jensen, SVP/General Manager AMK at Automation, discusses a new generation of motion control and servo drive technology which is rapidly gaining widespread acceptance in the automation world: “cabinet-free” or distributed control and drive systems. These systems give OEMs and systems designers the freedom to locate servo drives, controllers and power supplies on or near motors and the axes they drive, simplifying multiple engineering, cabling and installation challenges.