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Product News: Electric Drives and Controls


Rexroth’s IndraDrive Mi Integrated Motor / Drive System Featured in Award-Winning Control Panel Design

Rexroth’s IndraDrive Mi integrated servo motor / drive system was a key part of CP Packaging’s award-winning swing-out control panel design
Using Rexroth integrated servo motor and drive units, CP Packaging designed a unique swing-out control panel, winning Control Engineering magazine’s 2009 control panel design contest.

(Hoffman Estates, IL — www.boschrexroth-us.com) Rexroth’s IndraDrive Mi integrated motor / drive system was featured in the winning entry from packaging machinery builder CP Packaging (Appleton, WI www.cppac.com) during Control Engineering magazine’s 2009 control panel design contest.

The contest gave machine builders the chance to show off their creativity and skills in designing and building control panels. For their entry, CP Packaging showed how they used the Rexroth IndraDrive Mi integrated servo motor / drive system as the foundation to help cut wiring costs, reduce cabinet space and speed up installation time on a unique swing-out, washdown-rated control panel for their VisionPak horizontal form-fill-and-seal machine.

Contest participants were required to submit a short tutorial video explaining the technical aspects and design logic behind their control panel design. They were also allowed to highlight one unique feature of their choice. All the entries were posted to Control Engineering’s website where viewers could watch, comment and vote for their favorite video. CP Packaging’s video highlighted the VisionPak’s swing-out control cabinet and innovative servo system.

“Sanitation, reliability and high performance were mission-critical requirements for this machine,” explained Ray Buchko, Jr., vice president of operations at CP Packaging. “We also wanted to lower the cost, reduce the footprint and speed up our installation time. Rexroth’s IndraDrive Mi system gave us the ability to solve these design challenges with our control cabinet.”

The IndraDrive Mi combines a traditional servo motor and drive into a single unit that’s 50 percent smaller in volume compared to traditional systems using a servo motor with a separate drive mounted in a cabinet. Rexroth’s daisy-chain cabling allows multiple IndraDrive Mi motor / drives to be connected with just a single power and communication cable.

“With Rexroth’s design we can move the servo drives out of the control cabinet directly to the machine,” said Buchko. “Not only did this cut our wiring costs by 30 percent, we reduced the control panel space by 50 to 60 percent and realized a 30 percent cost savings overall,” he said. “Using the daisy-chain connection means we can run our cables more effectively for washdown protection and put the control panel directly at the machine instead of remotely, saving us days of installation time.”

“Congratulations to everyone at CP Packaging for winning this control panel design contest,” said Dan Throne, electric drives and controls sales and marketing manager at Rexroth. “CP Packaging is a forward-thinking and innovative packaging machine builder. This award is well-deserved and supports that. Rexroth is privileged to work with them and provide the automation solutions they need for their leading-edge equipment.”

Click here to visit Control Engineering’s video contest web page.
Click here to read the CP Packaging application story (PDF).
Click here for the CP Packaging control panel video.

CP Packaging:
Founded in 2003, CP Packaging LLC (www.cppac.com) designs, creates and manufactures innovative packaging equipment, offering technological solutions to many of the major issues facing the packaging industry in general and, specifically, packaging within the food industry.

Control Engineering:
Control Engineering (www.controleng.com) established in 1954, serves the automation market, which designs, implements, maintains, and manages control/instrumentation systems, components, and equipment. Readers include end-users, system integrators, and original equipment manufacturers. It is part of Reed Business Information www.reedbusiness.com/us, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc.

Bosch Rexroth:
Bosch Rexroth AG is one of the world’s leading specialists in the field of drive and control technologies. Under the brand name of Rexroth the company supplies more than 500,000 customers with tailored solutions for driving, controlling and moving machinery used in industrial and factory automation as well as in mobile applications. Bosch Rexroth is a partner for industrial applications, factory automation, mobile applications and renewable energy development. As The Drive & Control Company, Bosch Rexroth develops, produces and sells components and systems in more than 80 countries. In 2008 Bosch Rexroth AG, part of the Bosch Group, achieved sales of around $8.3 billion (5.9 billion Euro) with 35,300 employees. Visit www.boschrexroth-us.com for more information.

For more information, please contact

Bosch Rexroth Corporation
Dan Throne
5150 Prairie Stone Parkway
Hoffman Estates, IL 60192
Telephone 1 (847) 645-3600
Fax (847) 645-6201

Godfrey Public Relations
Todd Walter
40 North Christian Street
Lancaster, PA 17602
Telephone (717) 393-3831 ext. 133
Fax (717) 393-1403
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