One of the fastest growing aspects of automation is multi-axis motion control. Automation processes such as printing machines, CNC machines, lathes and textile manufacturing systems can run faster, more accurately and more reliably than conventional systems using mechanical gears. The main automation trend is towards greater numbers of axes of control and increasingly sophisticated control strategies. Proprietary solutions have been favoured, but openness is now seen as an overriding advantage. Hence PROFIdrive - an open Motion Control solution that can be used with both PROFIBUS and PROFINET.