Parker Releases Aries servo drive motion controller

Parker Releases Aries servo drive motion controller
Rohnert Park, CA, March 18, 2008 – Parker’s Electromechanical Automation Division released the Aries Controller single-axis servo drive/controller. The Aries Controller combines the versatile and cost-effective Aries digital servo drive platform with the advanced control capabilities of the ACR servo controller.

The Aries Controller is configured, tuned and programmed using Parker’s comprehensive ACRView software environment. The ACRView environment also supports Parker’s traditional analog multi-axis controls and drives and the ETHERNET Powerlink motionbus system. “This versatility now enables machine designers and end-users to take advantage of the high-performance ACR servo control for both single- and multi-axis projects without switching between or relearning different control languages and software environments,” says Marc Feyh, product manager for Parker’s Electromechanical Automation Division. Benefits of the common control language and software include reduced time to market and lower overall motion system costs.

Motion capabilities of the Aries Controller include absolute and relative motion, jogging, gearing and camming. A secondary encoder input is included for 1½ axis and dual-loop applications, and EnDat absolute encoders are also supported in addition to standard quadrature and Parker Smart Encoders. Drive connectivity includes an Ethernet port for communications, setup, programming and diagnostics and HMI connectivity.

Application development is further enhanced with the use of Parker’s recently released ACR MotionCOMponents Tool Kit. The ACR MotionCOMponents Tool Kit is an extensive collection of components and controls to allow a software developer to quickly and easily build a custom user interface for PC-based motion control applications. The tools incorporate a full set of ACR function calls, enabling complete control of the Aries Controller from a PC program.

About Parker Electromechanical Automation
A division of Parker Hannifin Corporation's Automation Group since 1987, Electromechanical Automation is a pioneer, developer and manufacturer of full-spectrum computer-based motion controllers, servo/step motor drives, servo motors and human-machine interfaces, positioning systems, gear heads and gear motors. These products automate the manufacturing of a significant fraction of the world’s goods and services. Electromechanical Automation products are sold via independent authorized Automation Technology Centers.

About Parker Hannifin
With annual sales exceeding $10 billion, Parker Hannifin is the world's leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, providing precision-engineered solutions for a wide variety of commercial, mobile, industrial and aerospace markets. The company employs more than 57,000 people in 43 countries around the world. Parker has increased its annual dividends paid to shareholders for 51 consecutive years, among the top five longest-running dividend-increase records in the S&P 500 index.