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What is the ABB MotiFlex e180?

As part of their new offering for 2015, ABB has released the MotiFlex e180, a high-performance motion-control servo drive offering “integrated real-time Ethernet technology” for demanding applications.

Motion control

This drive includes a number of motion features including homing, indexing, change of target ‘on the fly’, electronic gearing, CAM profiler, flying shear and high-speed position latch features for registration.

Versatility and flexibility

MotiFlex e180 comes in four frame sizes with nominal currents from 2.3 to 40 A and 200% servo duty. It can be used:

  • For standalone single-axis control
  • In decentralised motion systems as positioning drives
  • In high-performance centralised control systems with AC500 EtherCAT solutions

In addition, the integrated, flexible Ethernet interface provides real-time connectivity with EtherCAT and POWERLINK protocols.

Feedback connectivity

Almost all motion-orientated feedback devices can be connected as standard, with a secondary encoder input and buffered encoder output included for dual loop operation and line-shaft following functions.


Advanced MINT (Motion INTelligence) programming enables multitasking control of communications, logic, motion and HMI interaction in demanding high-performance motion applications.


The MotiFlex e180 is suitable for the following applications:

  • Metal cutting and forming
  • Printing and converting
  • Laser/water-jet/textile cutting
  • Rubber and plastics
  • Woodworking
  • Textiles
  • Packaging

Built-in safety

Safe torque off (STO) is built in as standard, along with performance level PL e (in accordance with ISO 13849-1) and safety integrity level SIL 3 (conforming to IEC 61508).

For more information on the MotiFlex e180 or anything from our ABB Drives division, call Alan Roberts on 07966 468430 or email

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