Kollmorgen Automation Suite (KAS) software v2.8 and AKD servodrive platform firmware v1.12 provide twice the control performance and allow system-wide third-party product configuration. The additions include a high-performance version of the AKD PDMM, enhancements to the coordinated motion programming blocks, and additions to the EtherCAT configuration tool.

These updates mean more accurate path motion for material-forming applications, which is critical for accurate cutting and bending. For packaging, food, and converting applications, it means more accurate web tracking, sealing, gluing, cutting, and slitting.

Third party I/O and specialty devices from independent vendors are now user-configurable on the network using the standard software. Even multidevice platforms (MDP) such as distributed I/O and safety modules can be configured with this tool.

KAS offers a template project, complete with preconfigured motion blocks, automation code, and GUI code, to help users with coordinated motion, eliminating the need to control the timing and position of individual axes. Version 2.8 has also added connectivity to the KAS platform.

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