CIP Motion Using a Kinetix 5500

Industrial automation has revolutionized manufacturing processes by optimizing efficiency, accuracy, and safety. In this context, Allen Bradley’s CIP (Common Industrial Protocol) Motion system has emerged as a leading solution for precise and synchronized motion control. In this article, we will explore a practical example of using Allen Bradley CIP Motion with a 5mm pitch ball screw, demonstrating the system’s capabilities in achieving smooth and accurate linear motion in manufacturing applications.

Understanding Allen Bradley CIP Motion

Allen Bradley CIP Motion is a robust motion control protocol integrated into Allen Bradley’s ControlLogix and CompactLogix programmable logic controllers (PLCs). This protocol allows seamless communication between motion devices, such as servo drives, motion controllers, and I/O modules, enabling precise coordination and synchronization of complex motion profiles.

By utilizing CIP Motion, manufacturers can implement a wide range of motion applications, including point-to-point positioning, gearing, camming, and electronic gearing. The protocol’s flexibility, scalability, and interoperability make it an ideal choice for demanding applications across various industries.

The Role of a 5mm Pitch Ball Screw

A ball screw is a mechanical component that converts rotational motion into linear motion with minimal friction. It consists of a screw shaft and a nut with ball bearings inside. The ball bearings recirculate within the nut, reducing friction and enhancing the efficiency of the system. The pitch of the ball screw defines the distance the nut advances with each complete revolution of the screw.

In our example, a 5mm pitch ball screw will be used to achieve precise and smooth linear motion. The choice of a 5mm pitch is commonly found in applications where higher linear speeds and shorter stroke lengths are required, such as pick-and-place machines, robotics, and small CNC machines.

Example Application: Pick-and-Place Machine

Let’s consider a pick-and-place machine that is responsible for transferring small electronic components from one location to another in a manufacturing assembly line. The goal is to achieve precise positioning, high-speed movements, and minimal vibration during the transfer process.

  1. Motion Profile Generation: Using the Allen Bradley CIP Motion system, the motion controller generates a motion profile based on the desired movement, acceleration, and deceleration parameters. The trajectory planning ensures smooth and coordinated motion for the pick-and-place operation.
  2. Servo Drive Configuration: The motion controller communicates with the servo drives responsible for actuating the 5mm pitch ball screws. The servo drives receive position and velocity commands and deliver the necessary power and control signals to the motors attached to the ball screws.
  3. Synchronized Motion: CIP Motion ensures that multiple axes of the machine, each equipped with a 5mm pitch ball screw, work together in a synchronized manner. This coordination minimizes any time delay between movements and prevents jerky or misaligned motion during component transfer.
  4. High Precision Positioning: The combination of Allen Bradley CIP Motion and the 5mm pitch ball screw allows the machine to achieve precise positioning, meeting the stringent requirements of electronic component placement. Sub-micron level accuracy can be achieved, resulting in reliable and consistent assembly quality.
  5. Reduced Vibration and Noise: The ball screw’s design minimizes mechanical losses and vibration, ensuring a quieter operation and a more stable pick-and-place process. This is especially critical for sensitive electronic components that can be damaged by excessive vibration.


The integration of Allen Bradley CIP Motion with a 5mm pitch ball screw exemplifies the power and versatility of motion control systems in industrial automation. By employing this combination, manufacturers can achieve precise, synchronized, and efficient linear motion for various applications, ranging from pick-and-place machines to robotics and CNC machines.

As technology continues to advance, the automation industry will witness further enhancements in motion control protocols and mechanical components, driving greater accuracy, speed, and efficiency in manufacturing processes. With the increasing adoption of Industry 4.0 principles, motion control systems like Allen Bradley CIP Motion and innovative mechanical solutions like the 5mm pitch ball screw will play a pivotal role in shaping the factories of the future.

Video – CIP Motion Ball Screw Example

The video below shows an example of a ball screw with a Kinetix 5500.

Throughout the video, this is a longer video to show exactly what it takes to set up a ball screw using a Kinetix 5500, and when I make these, there are no edits, when I start I like to show everything you may run into so you get a better understanding so please watch the whole video for the best knowledge share.

I hope that with the video above, Cip Motion.

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