Beckhoff (www.beckhoff.com) has expanded its AM3000 Synchronous Servo motor series with a FDA-compliant model designed with a white surface coating – a high-performance servo solution for any applications in the food industry. The motors’ coating, which is ideal for use in any food products, is resistant to aggressive cleaning agents. Aside from the surface coating, the new servo motors are not different from the standard types from the AM3000 series.
Hygiene regulations within the food industry puts high demand on drive and control components regarding the materials and surfaces, which should be capable of withstanding regular exposure, as well as resistance against aggressive cleaners. By coating a standard servo motor so that it can be suited for use around food products, the automation provider breaks new ground: the white coating (typical in the food industry) is FDA (Food and Drug Administration) compliant and guarantees that the manufactured food products are not tainted by chemicals.
The new servo motors vary from the standard types of motors only by the surface and the stainless steel shaft. The advantage for the machine operator is that more motor types do not have to be “designed into” the machine in case of mixed use of standard and coated motors. Another advantage of the new servo motor is the price: the coating adds only around 30% to the price of the standard motors. The IP 67 design also allows use in harsh industrial environments.