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ABB Earns motion control award - '2013 Engineers' Choice Awards: Spotlight on Innovation'

MicroFlex e150 Award Winning Servo Drive




The 26th annual Control Engineering Engineers’ Choice Awards shines a light on 29 categories of control, instrumentation, and automation products, revealing the best of those introduced in 2012 as chosen by Control Engineering’s print and digital audience.

This new feature-rich ABB Servo Drive with powerful embedded programming intelligence offers built-in EtherCAT, Modbus/TCP and EtherNet/IP at 20 times the speed of existing smart drives for high speed applications. This is a Control Engineering 2013 Engineers' Choice Award winner.

ABB MicroFlex e150 Servo Drive Wins as Best for Motion Control - Servo Drives

More than 100 product nominations from 60 companies were listed on ballots for evaluation. Automation professionals from Control Engineering’s subscriber lists, all of whom are responsible for or influence technology purchases, or have hands-on day-to-day interaction with the technologies in each category - then voted to identify the products they felt were the most exceptional based on technological advancement, service to the industry, and market impact. The result is a short list of Engineers’ Choice Award winners and honorable mentions in 29 categories. A total of 29 winners and 31 honorable mentions were named for 2013, due to ties in certain categories.

This new feature-rich ABB Servo Drive with powerful embedded programming intelligence offers built-in EtherCAT, Modbus/TCP and EtherNet/IP at 20 times the speed of existing smart drives for high speed applications. This is a Control Engineering 2013 Engineers' Choice Award winner.

The ABB MicroFlex e150 Servo Drives include numerous built-in industrial Ethernet protocols, and offer a universal encoder interfacing capability, powerful embedded motion control programming, and integrated functional safety capability. This breadth of standard features offers an enormously flexible and cost effective platform for high speed OEM machinery designs and applications - from networked systems hosted by PLCs or other devices, to motion control systems with distributed intelligence.

Machinery OEMs need versatile, cost effective products, and these new Drives have versatility in abundance without needing to add hardware or choose configuration options. And the processing performance is spectacular too, offering some 20 times the speed of existing smart drives, making it ideal for performance intensive applications such as high-speed labeling, metal cutting machinery (plasma/water-jet), grinding or glue laying, packaging automation, such as form/fill/seal, semiconductor wafer handling, lab automation, and special effects stage and theater entertainment.


EtherCAT Solutions from ABB

In addition to MicroFlex e150 ABB can supply complete system solutions built around our powerful AC500 PLC product line and drive families


ABB AC500 PLC AC500 scalable and flexible PLC

AC500 is the PLC of choice when scalability, flexibility, performance, integration and communication are mandatory. Numerous I/O modules, carefully specified powerful CPUs and real-time communication couplers combine with IEC61131 and PLCopen programming for overwhelming integration possibilities.

  • IEC61131
  • PLCopen Motion
  • EtherCAT manager
  • Multiple network capability
s500 CANopen IO

EtherCAT I/O devices

High specification I/O modules, capable of remote distribution and high performance of EtherCAT.

Additional fieldbus versions available

including Profibus DP, Profinet, CANopen, Modbus TCP and more.

  • Combination analog and digital I/O blocks
  • Digital input blocks
  • Digital Output blocks
  • Analog I/O
  • Fast input blocks
ACSM1 Motion Drives ACSM1 Motion control drives

ACSM1 drives are designed for demanding machinery positioning applications with synchronous or induction motors.

EtherCAT is fully supported by the FECA EtherCAT module.

  • 0.75 to 355 kW ( 1 to 450 hp)
  • Feedback options
  • IO expansion
  • DC bus sharing
  • Line Regen option
  • STO
  • Memory unit
ABB AC500 PLC ACS355 micro drives for machine builders

ACS355 drives offer diverse functionality to cater for the most demanding need for motion and positioning applications in food & beverage, materials handling, textiles, printing and other machine building sectors.

  • 0.37 to 22 kW
  • Expansion options
  • EtherCAT support by FECA add-on module


Read more about MicroFlex e150 here or Download the data sheet


  • Embedded Ethernet including EtherCAT®, Modbus/TCP and Ethernet/IP
  • EtherCAT conformance certified by ETG
  • Advanced MINT programming
  • Safe torque-off (STO) as standard - to IEC 61800-5-2, SIL3 PLe
  • 2 / 4 wire RS485 with optional termination and Modbus RTU support
  • MINT Workbench provides configuration via USB or Ethernet TCP/IP
  • AC servo drive 3, 6 or 9A with 200% overload
  • Single or three phase 105 - 250 V AC operation (maximum limits)
  • Control of both rotary and linear servo motors
  • Universal Digital Feedback - Incremental Encoder + Halls, SSI (Synchronous Serial Interface), BiSS, EnDat 2.1/2.2, 1V pk-pk Sin/Cos.
  • Dual encoder input for line shaft following or dual loop control (position / velocity and commutation)
  • 10 x digital inputs. Opto-isolated 24V.
  • 2 inputs can be programmed to capture axis position within 1 micro-second (feedback device dependant)
  • 7 x digital outputs. Opto-isolated 24V PNP. 50mA per channel.
  • 2x +/-10V analog inputs 1 x +/-10V analog output
  • Auto-tuning wizard and software oscilloscope facilities via MINT Workbench for Windows
  • Notch filters to combat mechanical resonance
  • 7 segment LED status indicator for error and communications notification
  • ActiveX libraries supplied free of charge

Further information:


A selection of motor feedback and power cables are available.