Watch this video slideshow for an overview of the Lexium MDrive family of Integrated Motion Control products.

Since the early 1990s, the Fieldbus protocols have become the preferred industrial network system for distributed control. Machines designed around these standardized networks have evolved to become more robust and environmentally resilient to meet demanding applications of ever increasing complexity.

There are two motion demos on display in the Schneider Electric Motion USA booth (S-663) at Pack Expo in Chicago, IL from October 28 through October 31, 2012. These demos are built around the new MDrive Ethernet integrated motor, drive, controller products.
These demos illustrate the ability of the MDrive Ethernet products to integrate seamlessly into motion systems with commonly used industrial components.

The demos are visually identical and perform the same motion profile, but have a different architecture. Demo #1 is designed using Rockwell Automation components and is networked using EtherNet/IP. Demo #2 utilizes Schneider Electric components using the MODBUS/TCP protocol to control motion.

Both demos illustrate the benefits of using an integrated motion solution in a system to reduce complexity and cabling.


Video of North American Sales Manager Paul Kling discussing MDrive EtherNet/IP at MD&M West.
MDrive EtherNet/IP motion systems feature integrated motor, drive and
programmable I/O with standardized IP addressing, eliminating complicated wiring and programming of traditional multi-drop systems with RS-485 communications. These compact, low-cost products are ODVA conformance tested and will interface with many manufacturer systems including Rockwell, Omron and Schneider Electric.