SIMATIC is Motion Control

The SIMATIC Drive Controller combines a fail-safe technology CPU and a high-end, multi-axis Sdrive system in a single, ultra-compact device

The SIMATIC Drive Controller combines motion control and drive control in a compact format

The new SIMATIC Drive Controller saves space by combining a controller with motion control and a drive control in a single device. Integrated technology I/Os and powerful communication interfaces make sophisticated machine designs possible.

The best of both worlds

Two systems, one device

The SIMATIC Drive Controller brings together what sophisticated machine designs need: Motion control functions of the Technolgy CPU with a versatile drive system – all in a single compact controller.

One for all

Integrating the fail-safe Technology CPU and the SINAMICS control unit (CU) within the chassis of a SINAMICS CU saves a lot of space in the control cabinet. The strengths of the SIMATIC Drive Controller combined with the SINAMICS S120 multi-axis system come to the fore in systems with three, four, or more axes. The package also includes integrated safety functions, so no separate safety CPU is needed. Like all other SIMATIC products, the engineering takes place in the TIA Portal, saving time on parameterization, which is completed easily in a single environment. The many interfaces and the new “cross-PLC synchronous operation” enable the efficient creation of modular machine designs.

At a glance

Drive Controller highlights at a glance

The SIMATIC Drive Controller optimally integrates the SIMATIC S7-1500 controller and the SINAMICS S120 drive system. That means important benefits when you turn innovative machine designs into reality.
Industry focus

Industry-specific applications for the Drive Controller

Focus on specific industries for the SIMATIC Drive Controller: The ideal combination of the Technology CPU with motion control functionalities and the performance of the SINAMICS S120 drive system is particularly important in many markets.

Faster time-to-market with scalable, modular solutions

The trend toward individualized packaging requires dynamic, flexible plants with high throughput rates. The machines are also getting more and more compact. The SIMATIC Drive Controller combines the motion control functions of the Technology CPUs with the highly dynamic and energy-efficient SINAMICS S120 multi-axis drive system in an especially space-saving configuration. The powerful Drive Controllers enable extremely short machine cycles, providing a high throughput for your packaging machine and optimized product quality.


The extensive interfaces and the cross-PLC synchronous operation make modular machine designs efficient to implement with the SIMATIC Drive Controller. Integrated technology I/Os for highly accurate position-based signal detection or signal outputs, for example, are included.    

Modular printing machines with scalable performance

Shorter innovation cycles and a growing variety result in smaller batch sizes, and as a result the number of product changeovers and machine changeovers will increase. To keep pace with the requirements for flexibility, quality and productivity, an integrated automation concept with modular components that are perfectly coordinated together, is needed.


High axis quantity structures and modular machine designs: Demands that can be implemented particularly easily and efficiently using the SIMATIC Drive Controller. The SIMATIC Drive Controller optimally integrates a SIMATIC S7-1500 Technology CPU and the SINAMICS S120 multi-axis drive system. Extensive interfaces and cross-PLC synchronous operation make modular designs efficient to implement, for label printing machines, for example.

Perfectly coordinated with textile processing machines

In order to ensure an efficient value chain, we need system-based automation in which all components are perfectly coordinated. The space-saving design of the SIMATIC Drive Controller enables a compact and modular structure – the basis for flexible machine designs in the textile industry.


The SIMATIC Drive Controller combines a SIMATIC S7-1500 Technology CPU and the flexible, multi-axis SINAMICS S120 drive system in a single device. Extensive interfaces and technology I/Os onboard make powerful textile processing machines efficient to implement. The high-performance controllers offer short cycle times to ensure high machine clock speeds, precision, and optimum product quality.

Modular system solutions for machines in the plastics industry

Machine building is faced with extremely exacting requirements: optimal product quality with maximum availability and flexibility. SIMATIC S7-1500 controllers and the SINAMICS S120 drive system perfectly satisfy these requirements.


The SIMATIC Drive Controller combines both in a compact unit. The extensive motion control functionality, kinematic functions, and the energy-efficient SINAMICS S120 drive technology efficiently resolve demands in the plastic industry and curb operating costs. To ensure good connectivity and flexibility, the SIMATIC Drive Controller comes with powerful communication interfaces.


Modular system for high-performance applications

The SIMATIC Drive Controller gives you easy access to sophisticated multi-axis applications, which you can implement using the SINAMICS S120 drive system and the broad range of power units.

SINAMICS S120 in detail

The SINAMICS S120 drive system comprises a modular system for high-performance applications. In addition to a broad power range, it also covers extensive control modes including servo, vector, and V/f. Regulated infeed and feedback reduce energy requirements, avoid undesired system perturbation, and are also more sturdy in the face of grid fluctuations.

Motion control options

Additional motion control products

SIMATIC Technology and the SINAMICS family of converters offer you additional opportunities to best implement your motion control applications.

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