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PacDrive 3

A complete automation solution for motion centric machines

Part of Modicon

PacDrive 3 is based upon proven logic motion technology, which unifies PLC, motion, and robotics control functionality on a single hardware platform.

PacDrive 3
  • 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 centralized system architecture, PacDrive 3 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.

    • One integrated, scalable automation platform, scalable controller performance from 0 to 130 servo drives robot axes
    • 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 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 safety programming/parameterizing,commissioning and diagnostics
    • Embedded safety approach with safe logic controller, safe I/Os, safe drives and safe communication over Sercos Automation bus for safety solutions up to SIL 3, PL e(according to IEC 61508: 2010, EN/ISO 13849: 2008)
    • Robotic solutions (kinematic packages, including drives, electronics and software) up to IP 65

    The LXM62DxxxC and LXM62DxxxD products replace the single-channel variants (LXM62DxxxA and LXM62DxxxB), which are no longer available.


    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)
    • Centralized 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 parameterization 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 parameterization 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 recognizes all connected drives/motors and can activate/deactivate them automatically based upon the modules connected to the machine


    • General machine control 
    • Packaging machines 
    • Material Handling


    • PacDrive 3 Pro and Eco combi
    • PacDrive P4 robot
    • Modicon TM5 safe logic controller for PacDrive 3
    • 100 % flexibility & optimisation of your machines with “Flexible Machine Control”: 1 software environment, multiple hardware control platforms: Logic controllers, Motion controllers, HMI controllers, Drives controllers
    • PacDrive General architecture
    • PacDrive 3 Eco SD card
    • Lexium 52 drives group
    • Lexium 52 with Lexium SH3 servo motor

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