- March 11, 2013
- Bosch Rexroth
March 11, 2013 - Rexroth adds Multi-Ethernet interface to its decentralized IndraDrive Mi servo drive, making connection to SERCOS III, PROFINET IO (RT), EtherNet/IP and EtherCAT communication protocols a mere adjusting of software settings. As a result, OEMs are able to implement the different automation structures requested by end users with one single type of hardware. This makes logistics and spare parts management significantly easier. The decentralized servo drives reduce the amount of wiring needed by up to 85% compared to conventional solutions. By enabling additional Ethernet actuators and peripheral devices to be connected directly to the drive, these components no longer need to be wired all the way into the control cabinet, which brings installation costs down. Users can now connect Rexroth's pneumatic and hydraulic actuators to the IndraDrive Mi via SERCOS III and access these actuators via the control system. The integrated “Safety On Board” function Safe Torque Off (STO) eliminates hardware and reduces the need for wiring. Axes equipped with STO ensure operational safety without requiring an additional control system. When the STO function is activated, the drive will interrupt the current to the connected motor within mere milliseconds. This safely prevents a stopped engine from being restarted accidentally by the drive. The STO function in the IndraDrive Mi is certified Cat 4 PL e according to EN ISO 13849-1 and SIL 3 according to EN 62061. Bosch Rexroth AG is one of the world’s leading specialists in the field of drive and control technologies. Under the Rexroth brand name, the company supplies more than 500,000 customers with tailored solutions for driving, controlling, and moving. Bosch Rexroth is a partner for Mobile Applications, Machinery Applications and Engineering, Factory Automation and Renewable Energies. The company provides customized solutions tailored to the needs and specifications of each individual market. As The Drive & Control Company, Bosch Rexroth develops, produces, and sells components and systems in over 80 countries. As part of the Bosch Group, Bosch Rexroth and its 38,400 associates generated approximately 6.4 billion euros ($8.9 billion) in revenue in 2011..