Keeping Current: What You Need to Know About Migrating Your Rockwell Ultra 3000 Digital Servo Drive

The Rockwell Ultra 3000 drive is reaching its end-of-life and the Kinetix 5100 and 5300 Servo Drives replaces the complete line. Check out Kirt Hansen, Automation Product Manager discuss what you need to know about this transition:

Keeping Current: What You Need to Know about the Replacement to the Ultra 3000


If I currently have an Ultra 3000 Digital Servo Drive, what do I need to consider?

I recommend understanding two components: 1) What motors are being run by your Ultra 3000 Digital Servo Drive today? and 2) What does your existing control system look like? Answering these two questions will help you plan for a solution that will work best for your business.

Why should I switch from an Ultra 3000 Digital Servo Drive to a Kinetix 5100 or Kinetix 5300 Servo Drive?

The Ultra 3000 Digital Servo Drive is reaching its end-of-life cycle, meaning it will not be available for sale and component availability and repairs for it will be limited, especially moving into the future. The Kinetix 5100 and 5300 Servo Drives are at the beginning of their life cycle and are more cost effective and capable than the Ultra 3000. In addition, the switch would allow you to have a phased migration within your facility.

What do I need to know about the Kinetix 5100 and Kinetix 5300 Servo Drives?

Kinetix 5100:  This is a stand-alone servo drive (a controller is not needed in the system), although it does support Micro 800 and Logix applications as well. This servo drive offers an extended power range to 15KW, comes with standard inputs and outputs, and different mode of controls. It can support EtherNet/IP for various network topologies as well.

Kinetix 5300:  Well-suited for small to medium machines, the Kinetix 5300 servo drive is considered an integrated motion product, allowing for all the programming to be done in the Logix controller.

Both drives have 120v, 230v, 460v offerings and are hard-wired safety only. In addition, both servo drives are specified to run TLP motors, but can run the NP family of motors as well. They do not support the single-family VP motors.

How do I learn more?

If you are interested in finding a solution that may work for you, please reach out to your Van Meter sales representative or call 1-800-247-1410.



kirt hansen van meter



Hansen joined Van Meter in 2006 and has more than 32 years of automation experience.