Parker’s Electromechanical Automation Division (Rohnert Park, CA) offers the Intelligent Parker Amplifier (IPA), a 1.5-axis servo drive/controller based on the ACR control platform. Available in two power levels — 400W and 1500W — the unit can drive a range of rotary and linear motors, and supports a number of industry-standard feedback protocols. It provides a dual-port Ethernet interface for different machine control options.

The unit supports Ethernet/IP as an adapter device, making it an option as a servo drive in an Allen Bradley CompactLogix or ControlLogix-based system. Using standard TCP/IP communications, the unit is configured and programmed within the ACR-View software environment using AcroBASIC programming language. A 650-MHz TI DSP provides processing power capable of serving up to five independent Ethernet connections.

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