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ABB Earns Motion Control - Servo Drives Award

ABB Inc.

“2013 Engineers' Choice Awards: Spotlight on Innovation”

Best automation, control, and instrumentation products in 29 categories.

NEW BERLIN, WI - The 26th annual Control Engineering Engineers’ Choice Awards shines a light on 29 categories of control, instrumentation, and automation products, revealing the best of those introduced in 2012 as chosen by Control Engineering’s print and digital audience.

More than 100 product nominations from 60 companies were listed on ballots for evaluation. Automation professionals from Control Engineering’s subscriber lists—all of whom are responsible for or influence technology purchases, or have hands-on day-to-day interaction with the technologies in each category—then voted to identify the products they felt were the most exceptional based on technological advancement, service to the industry, and market impact. The result is a short list of Engineers’ Choice Award winners and honorable mentions in 29 categories. A total of 29 winners and 31 honorable mentions were named for 2013, due to ties in certain categories.

ABB MicroFlex e150 Servo Drive Wins as Best for Motion Control - Servo Drives

Motion Control - Servo drives: This new feature-rich ABB Servo Drive with powerful embedded programming intelligence offers built-in EtherCAT, Modbus/TCP and EtherNet/IP at 20 times the speed of existing smart drives for high speed applications. This is a Control Engineering 2013 Engineers' Choice Award winner.

The ABB MicroFlex e150 Servo Drives include numerous built-in industrial Ethernet protocols, and offer a universal encoder interfacing capability, powerful embedded motion control programming, and integrated functional safety capability. This breadth of standard features offers an enormously flexible and cost effective platform for high speed OEM machinery designs and applications - from networked systems hosted by PLCs or other devices, to motion control systems with distributed intelligence.

Machinery OEMs need versatile, cost effective products, and these new Drives have versatility in abundance - without needing to add hardware or choose configuration options. And the processing performance is spectacular too - offering some 20 times the speed of existing smart drives - making it ideal for performance intensive applications such as high-speed labeling, metal cutting machinery (plasma/waterjet), grinding or glue laying, packaging automation, such as form/fill/seal, semiconductor wafer handling, lab automation, and special effects stage and theater entertainment.

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