Intelligent Parker Amplifier (IPA) Ethernet Servo Drive/Controller

Intelligent Parker Amplifier (IPA) Ethernet Servo Drive/Controller
The Intelligent Parker Amplifier or IPA, is a 1.5 axis servo drive/controller based on the ACR control platform. Available in two power levels, 400W and 1500W, the IPA can drive a wide range of rotary and linear motors and supports a number of industry standard feedback protocols.

The IPA provides a dual port Ethernet interface which gives the machine builder the flexibility needed to create cost effective motion control solutions. The IPA operates as a fully programmable stand-alone motion controller with on-board I/O and virtual axis capability or can be integrated into a PLC or PC-based machine control solution. Software tools are included to optimize motion performance and efficiently monitor and manage the application.

IPA Servo Drive/Controller


The IPA is built on the proven and powerful AcroBASIC programming language used in the Parker ACR family of motion controllers. Project development is managed with the ACR-View development software that provides the user with the tools to program, commission, tune and debug applications. Motion and machine control features include:
  • Multitasking of up to 16 different tasks
  • Incremental, absolute and continuous moves
  • Trapezoidal and S-Curves profiles
  • High speed (1 ms) position captures
  • Registration moves
  • Electronic gearing and camming

Visualization HMI

Combined with Parker’s Interact Xpress HMI platform the IPA becomes an affordable machine solution. Xpress supports connections to multiple IPA and other PLCs at the same time, with an easy to use development environment and award winning graphics.


EtherNet/IP gives IPA users a popular connectivity option to PLCs for easy integration of servo motion in larger machine control application.

The IPA is an EtherNet/IP adapter device supporting both I/O and Explicit Messaging. Add-On Instructions are available for seamless integration with Logix controllers.

Users can also take full advantage of the IPA programming language and to create complex, custom routines called by the PLC.

Add-On Instructions include:
  • Homing
  • Servo on/off
  • Absolute/relative moves
  • Jogging
  • Run program
  • Fault reset
  • Gearing


At the core of the IPA is outstanding servo performance for the most demanding applications. The IPA can be paired with wide range of Parker rotary and linear servo motors, utilizing cost effective incremental encoders or absolute feedback devices based on high speed serial protocols. Recommend motors include:
  • P-Series Rotary motors with BiSS-C absolute encoders
  • MPW stainless steel motors
  • BE Series high torque servo motors
  • SM slotless servos
  • MPP and MPJ industrial motors
  • P-Series Direct Drive motors
  • Linear motors and actuators

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