Dynamic AM3000 servo motors in new wash-down variant.
October 21, 2010
by Canadian Packaging Staff
In order to provide advanced motion solutions for the most demanding environments, Beckhoff Automation LLC of Minneapolis, MN, has released new food-grade AM3000 Synchronous Servomotors.
These new US FDA (US Food and Drug Administration)-compliant servomotors are designed with a resistant white surface coating making them ideal for food and beverage manufacturing, packaging and any application that requires wash-down. A further advantage, the coating adds only about 30 percent to the price of the standard versions of the servomotors, depending on the size.
The coating is well-suited for use around food products and is resistant to aggressive cleaning agents. Apart from the surface coating and stainless steel shaft, the motors do not differ from the standard offerings in Beckhoff’s high performance AM3000 series. The advantage for the user is that additional motor types do not have to be ‘designed into’ the machine in the case of mixed use of coated and standard motors.
Hygiene regulations in the food industry place high demands on drive and control components with regard to surfaces and materials, which must be able to withstand regular exposure and resistance to aggressive cleaners.
By coating a standard servomotor to make it suitable for use around food products, Beckhoff breaks new ground: the protective white coating, which is typical in the food industry, is compliant with FDA regulations and guarantees that the products manufactured with it are not in any way tainted by chemicals when proper wash-down procedures are followed.
Additionally, the IP 67 design permits use in other harsh industrial environments. Flange sizes 27 from the Beckhoff AM3000 series are available with this new optional surface coating.
Beckhoff Automation provides advanced, open automation products based upon proven technologies so that customers can implement high performance control systems faster and at a lower overall cost than traditional PLC (programmable logic controllers) and motion control systems.
For more information, visit www.beckhoff.com/AM3000.