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GE Fanuc Announces Support for Alpha HVi Servo Motors

July 6, 2007


CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA -- GE Fanuc Automation, a unit of GE Industrial, announced the support by the DSM324i motion controller for six Alpha HVi series servo models for use in general machine automation. The Alpha HVi series servos, flagship servo line for GE Fanuc's industry leading CNC business, are high-voltage models with an AC voltage input range of 400–480 VAC and include separately mounted shared power-supply modules. This series significantly extends the motor speed and torque rating that GE Fanuc offers in its general motion product portfolio.

"The reliability of these servos is unmatched in the industry," said Paul Derstine, Product Manager for GE Fanuc's Motion products. "The mean time to failure is measured in decades, which translates to improved machine productivity and reduced replacement costs."

Highly effective in high-speed printing and packaging applications, the compact and efficient amplifiers reduce the amount of valuable space needed in the cabinet. The smoothness, stiffness, and precision of the units translate into accuracy in motion, a direct contributor to production yield.

The Alpha HVi Series Servos extend the torque range of the Beta i series servos and support higher motor-speed ratings. The Alpha HVi series consists of high-voltage models with an AC voltage input range of 400–480 VAC and include separately mounted shared power-supply modules that offer line-regeneration capability, eliminating the need for external power resistors to dissipate regenerated energy during motor deceleration.

"We are extending the capabilities of our line of servos to an even greater level for applications that require higher speed and torque," Derstine said. "This allows the user to increase the functionality of their own application and to span a broader range of machine requirements."

The same range of Alpha servos will be supported by the new PACMotion controller.

About GE Fanuc Automation
GE Fanuc Automation Corp., a joint venture between General Electric and FANUC Ltd. of Japan, delivers automation hardware and software designed to help users reduce costs, increase efficiency, and enhance profitability. With solutions and services for virtually every industrial segment, GE Fanuc Automation provides a diverse array of capabilities and products, including controllers, embedded systems, advanced software, motion control, computerized numerical controls, operator interfaces, industrial computers, and lasers. Headquartered in Charlottesville, VA, GE Fanuc Automation is a part of GE Industrial and combines the diverse global strengths of the GE family with the local presence customers need to design, develop, and maintain their automation investments. For more information, visit the company's Web site or contact GE Fanuc Information Center, P.O. Box 8106, Charlottesville, VA 22906; 800-433-2682, (fax) 434-978-5205, gefanuc@gefanuc.com.


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