The YASKAWA Sigma-5 Servo Drive series is now available with expanded communications and control options.

The YASKAWA Sigma-5 Servo Drive series is now available with expanded communications and control options.

Yaskawa Sigma-5Micromech is pleased to announce there are three additional command option units for the Sigma 5 series of servo drives. The introduction of an ‘indexer command module’ turns the sigma 5 into a powerful point-to-point-positioning controller. Then there are two new ‘communication command options’ allow the Sigma 5 servo drive to be implemented into CANopen and EtherCAT communication networks. The command modules can be used for both linear and rotary servo motors from single-phase AC230V 50w to 1.5Kw and three-phase AC 400V 500W to 15KW.

The Indexer command option SGDV-OCA03A is simple and intelligent but turns the sigma-5 servo amplifier into a powerful and user friendly single axis-positioning unit ideal for operating a ballscrew or belt driven positioner as well as rotary positioning tables. Programming the indexer requires no knowledge of programming languages and simple and fast configuration is provided via the ‘SigmaWin+’ set-up software. The indexer can be controlled using either a serial network of individual digital I/O channels making integration with a PLC simple. Upto 256 programmed index moves can be defined within the module, additionally control methods such as position and speed tables can be defined. In addition upto 16 indexer modules can be connected via the serial network.

The SGDV-OCA01A EtherCAT command option provides a real-time Ethernet interface for EtherCAT communication networks and uses CANopen (CoE, CAN over EtherCAT) communications protocol. The EtherCAT CoE interface allows the implementation of a synchronised distributed drive system with high band width and good reliability. The EtherCAT network module offers a wide range of functions based on IEC61158 Type12, IEC 61800-7 CIA402 drive profile and meets all relevant international standards.

The SGDV-OCB01A plug in CANopen network module allows simple integration of the Sigma 5 servo drives into this popular and cost effective Bus network. The module is compatible with the CANopen profiles DS-301 and DSP-402, V2.0. It supports the following modes: Profile Position Mode, Homing Mode, Profile Velocity Mode, Profile Torque Mode and interpolated Position Mode.

These servo drives are used extensively in packaging and assembly machines, material handling, machine tool and robotics, these new option modules allow even more machine builders to benefit from the un-paralled performance and reliability that is standard for all Yaskawa products.

Micromech is the UK distributor and integrator for Yaskawa Electric, if you require more information about these exciting products then contact Stirling Morley on 01376 333333 or

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