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Schneider Electric PacDrive3

PacDrive 3 is based upon proven logic motion technology, which unifies PLC, motion, and robotics control functionality - High Performance Motion Controller.


A complete automation solution for motion centric machines

Features PacDrive 3 is based upon proven logic motion technology, which unifies PLC, motion, and robotics control functionality on a single hardware platform. With its centralised system architecture, PacDrive is the ideal solution for controlling a broad range of servo-driven production and packaging machines, as well as material handling equipment and robotics, using fully integrated, IEC 61131-3-compliant program structures. More than 80.000 machines worldwide are controlled by PacDrive to this day.


PacDrive 3 Features

  • One integrated, scalable automation platform, scalable controller performance from 0 to 99 servo drives  and/or embedded robots
  • Single controller solution for motion, PLC logic, and communication; no additional and/or proprietary hardware required for the complete machine (incl. robotics)
  • One programming tool / one program for the complete machine, IEC 61131-3 compliant programming design
  • Software can be ported between platforms
  • Fully integrated Ethernet-based communication using Sercos III for I/O, drive and safe communication
  • Open system, supporting other field busses as well as TCP/IP communication
  • One of the most flexible drive solutions with single and multiaxis drive solutions, cabinet based and as well integrated servo drives
  • SoMachine based tools, supporting the engineering process, including commissioning and diagnostics
  • Safety functions (according to IEC 61508: 2010, EN/ISO 13849: 2008)
  • Robotic solutions (kinematic packages, including drives, electronics and software) up to IP 65​​​​​​​


PacDrive 3 is your automation solution for faster time to market and for maximum reliability

  • Modular programming concept with comprehensive application software libraries for less programming efforts and higher software quality (Libraries for compliance to PackML and Weihenstephan standard, as well FDA and PLCopen compliant library functions)
  • Centralised calculation of all axis positions within the controller, allowing the controller to switch on the fly from real to virtual axes. Enables motion testing/simulation without connecting drives/motors
  • Standard parameterisation of each axis, configuration of individual drives requires only input of inertia for each load
  • Fast device replacement: Electronic type plates for all servo drives/motors, detailed communication with each drive/motor for automatic parameterisation and firmware replication (all data are centrally stored in the controller) and diagnosis
  • Fast commissioning with automatic Sercos scan after changing machine configuration/restart: The controller recognises all connected drives/motors and can activate/deactivate them automatically based upon the modules connected to the machine

PacDrive3 is part of Modicon