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Run your XY table and reduce costs with Mitsubishi Electric


XY tables are used in a variety of applications with different positioning requirements. Usually horizontal motion involves 2 (or more) axes of servo performing linear or circular interpolation.

Which automation components are important

XY tables utilize servo motor technology for accurate positioning. As shown illustrated on the first page, two servo motors are connected to a table to move the application in X and Y direction.

The 2 Motors are controlled by a MR-J4W2-B servo amplifier, which is the latest technology from Mitsubishi Electric. The movement and interpolation is calculated with the simple motion controller LD77MS.

In combination with a L Series PLC and its built in features, a complete solution can be offered with less components. Thanks to the SSCNET III/H Network, all internal servo parameters can be set directly from the PLC.


In general, XY tables do not require a lot of maintenance, and are considered to be highly accurate, easy-to-use. However, mechanical parts can still be a problem after time. Depending on the weight of the load, ball screws within XY tables and other mechanical components can acquire a significant amount of wear and may need to be renewed regularly. Therefore, Mitsubishi Electric developed new functions to estimate frictions & vibrations which support preventative maintenance of machine components. These functions are integrated in the new MR-J4 series.

Industry 4.0 White Paper – The fourth industrial revolution has created what has been dubbed ‘Industry 4.0’. This white paper explains the background, consider the challenges and offer solutions to the adoption of I4.0.

Advanced Condition Monitoring – Condition monitoring offers a predictive approach to plant maintenance ensuring optimum asset performance whilst keeping downtime to a minimum.
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