Press Release

22nd November 2011
Beckhoff Drive Technology: servomotors for the use in the food, chemical and pharmaceutical industries
New ‘hygienic design’ AM8800 stainless steel servomotor series

The AM8800 series supplements the highly-dynamic servomotors from the new Beckhoff AM8000 series by a version in a stainless steel finish. The stainless steel motors are implemented completely in a ‘hygienic design’; they can be used in extremely harsh or corrosive environments and are particularly suitable for use in the food, chemical or pharmaceutical industries. The motors from the AM8000 series need only one motor cable instead of the usual two. The otherwise necessary feedback cable is dispensed with, since the encoder information is transmitted digitally via two cores of the motor cable. The single-cable feedback technology leads to a clear saving in material and reduces installation and engineering expenditures.

Technologically, the AM8800 stainless steel motor series is based on the Beckhoff AM8000 motor series. However, it has been supplemented by an all-stainless-steel housing in AISI 316L, which was designed according to FDA guidelines, and a stainless steel motor shaft. The series encompasses three sizes, each with three overall lengths. The power range extends from 1 to 8 Nm standstill torque. In designing the motor, corners and edges were avoided and drill holes and screwed connections were largely dispensed with in order to prevent the accumulation of dirt. The flanges were implemented in B5 form and are compatible to the AM8000 series flanges. This also simplifies the conversion of existing plants.

Power losses have been kept low by the optimum connection of the stators to the stainless steel housing. This is remarkable, since the motors are used without additional cooling and the thermal conductivity of stainless steel is approx. 14 times lower than the aluminium housing of the motor in standard execution. All AM8000 servomotors are equipped with a sensor for temperature monitoring, which passes the data on to the drive via the single cable. The data can be processed in the higher-level controller in such a way that the motor can be controlled in relation to its temperature. This function is required when processing easily perishable food such as fish.

The stainless steel housing is extremely robust and insensitive to scratches and mechanical damage. Equipped with IP 67 protection, optionally also IP 69K, the AM8800 motors are even suitable for cleaning with high-pressure cleaners, which are commonly used in the food, chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Connection using stainless steel ‘hygienic design’ cable glands ensures the permanent sealing integrity of the motors. As a special feature, the AM8800 motors can be provided with a sealing air connection in order to prevent the formation of condensation inside the motor. They can also be equipped with a holding brake or a multi-turn encoder, depending on requirements.

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  • <p>The stainless steel motors from the AM8800 series are ideal for use in the food, chemical and pharmaceutical industries. The ‘hygienic design’ motors meet the FDA requirements. </p>

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    The stainless steel motors from the AM8800 series are ideal for use in the food, chemical and pharmaceutical industries. The ‘hygienic design’ motors meet the FDA requirements.

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