The well-proven high-end motion control system

If it’s high-end, it’s SIMOTION

Reduce time-to-market while boosting efficiency and flexibility – those are the challenges currently facing industry. Achieving this while maintaining or increasing product quality calls for machines that are especially powerful, versatile, and precise.

To compete on a global scale, industry requires powerful, versatile, and efficient motion control applications that work with precision. Machine builders have to adapt to these requirements and also continue to understand, implement, and reliably meet the very specific and individual requirements of their industrial customers.

The proven, modular, and scalable SIMOTION portfolio featuring high-end functions is the optimal solution for motion control applications in machine building when modularity, maximum precision, and speed are required. You can use SIMOTION to implement a wide variety of tasks and requirements with regard to motion control and adapt them for any industry with a motion control focus.

When modularity, maximum precision, and speed are required for applications in machine building, the modular and scalable SIMOTION motion control system featuring high-end functions is the optimal solution. Whether a cycle time of 125 μs is needed or machine concepts with a central, decentral, or mixed topology are implemented, the scalable hardware covers a wide range of offerings.

SIMOTION features optimal performance for all machine concepts as well as maximum modularity. With SCOUT TIA, you can rely on a consistent engineering that is integrated in the Totally Integrated Automation Portal (TIA Portal). Drive-integrated SINAMICS safety functions are of course also available for your customized safety concepts.

With the new software versions, SIMOTION supports object-oriented programming (OOP), the OPC UA communication protocol, as well as user program tests in the engineering without hardware. Thereby, SIMOTION further optimizes its benefits with regard to modularity, openness, and efficient software development.

Scalable hardware

Take advantage of the full performance range from one axis to the high-performance multi-axis system with 128 axes. The different hardware versions enable you to continuously scale the performance.

Flexible topologies

In addition to central topologies, decentral topologies with several controllers are possible for nearly an unlimited number of synchronized axes.

Modular Machine & Software

The project generator transfers the benefits of modular software into the engineering. In addition, machine modules can be adapted during commissioning without engineering. Technology objects, deep drive integration, reusable modules, and object-oriented programming increase efficiency.


SIMOTION D is available in two configurations:

  • As single-axis system SIMOTION D410-2 with multi-axis option (Blockize design)
  • As a multi-axis system SIMOTION D4x5-2 in four performance variants for up to 128 axes (type Booksize)

The fine scalability ensures a high degree of scalability and flexibility. The application range extends from individual axes to high-performance multi-axis machines


SIMATIC HMI devices can be connected via PROFIBUS, PROFINET or Ethernet depending on the SIMOTION D variant for visualization and operation. The connection of distributed I / O is via PROFIBUS or PROFINET.






What safety category are the drive safety functions rated to?

SIL2, Cat.3/PL d

In an emergency stop state I disable my line module at the same time as the drives. Is this the best/safest way?

No. The line module should be disabled when all axes have stopped moving. This allows for the line module to regenerate any excess energy that is produced by the motors stopping. A typical example would be to use a delayed safety contact to disable the module after the SS1 delay time has expired. 

I have a flashing green COM light on my Control Unit. What does this mean?

Communication from a master device is partially or yet to be fully established. Therefore, cyclic communication is not possible.

How can I review the previous alarms that are not currently active on a drive?

Go to “Drive” -> ”Diagnostics” -> ”Alarms history”

How do I enable my line module?

For a non-DRIVE-CLiQ line module (power rating less than 16kw): You must connect Pin 1 of the X21 connector to a digital input on your control unit. You must then set p864 from the expert list of each drive object to read the specified digital input. So p864 = Control_Unit.r722.X.

For DRIVE-CLiQ line modules (power rating of 16kW or above), the unit can be enabled either from a SIMOTION unit, or via PLC: 

SIMOTION: Use the system function block _LineModule_Control. For a detailed explanation of this function block, see

PLC: Use the SINA_INFEED function block from the DriveLib library in TIA Portal V14 onwards. The DriveLib library can be found at if not already installed. Documentation on the use of this function block can also be found here.


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