For over 40 years KEB has been supplying power transmission and motion control solutions for stage machinery, amusement and sports venues, and mechanized structures. In 2016 we refined our product line as it can be applied to these industries and created a Theatre Automation catalog that highlights how each one can provide the best possible experience to end users.
A number of KEB’s most well-known products have designs and optional features that make them well-suited for entertainment applications. Single disc spring-set brakes come in a quiet theatre version that operates at less than 65dB at 1 meter. These brakes can be used on KEB integral gearmotors, which have a cast iron housing to reduce vibration and noise. We also offer compact servo motors for working in tight spaces, and a range of rectifiers to increase the flexibility of electromagnetic clutches and brakes.
This year KEB America will begin producing our newly redesigned spring-set load brakes for theatre applications. The brakes have been designed with the needs of our theatre customers in mind, with a compact size, noise-reduced, hand release options, and robust materials.
KEB’s F6 EtherCAT VFD and S6 Servo Drive inverters are powerful, flexible, and can be configured to fit many types of installations. An internal positioning module allows for easy coordinated positioning, such as having a master control provide a set position to the drive communication bus while the drive handles the position profile. Dual encoder channels can be configured as inputs or outputs making speed and motor feedback very easy to implement. Both lines of inverters are capable of operating at a nearly silent 16kHz switching frequency.
Automation tools from KEB can make precise synchronization safer, easier, and more reliable. We’ve recently expanded our line to include more embedded EtherCAT controls like the C6 Smart, powerful visualization tools like the HMI LC, more flexible communication options with the C6 Industrial VPN Router, and a larger library of remote EtherCAT I/O modules. Like our brakes, motors, and drives, our control products are made of robust, industrial materials so they can perform night after night, show after show.
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