Industry prepares for the next industrial revolution


Open networking capabilities

Control Techniques, an Emerson Industrial Automation company, demonstrated the open Ethernet capabilities of its new Unidrive M family of drives and how they can maximize synchronization accuracy.

A demonstration on the stand showed an open system, in which a Unidrive M drive controlled the synchronization between two Unimotor HD servomotors monitored by a standard IP network camera—all linked by an open IEEE 1588 Ethernet network.

The new drive family benefits from an open creation environment offering machine designers the widest choice of components, meaning that they are not restricted by closed systems. The system uses the CoDeSys programming platform with standard IEC 61131-3 programming languages and standard Ethernet for communication across drives, I/O, HMIs, PLCs, and other industrial devices. Connectivity with Profinet RT, EtherNet/IP, Modbus TCP, and EtherCAT devices is also supported.

A lean strategy

A highlight on the Eaton stand was a demonstration of the implementation of its Lean Solution strategy, showing how connection and communication technology, automation, and power management can be intelligently combined. Visitors to the stand were able to experience how they might implement savings and optimization potential with their machines and plants. Lean power innovations incorporated in the model included PowerXL variable speed drives, and PKE motor starters that use the SmartWire-DT interface for improved monitoring and analysis.

SmartWire-DT is the company’s intelligent control panel wiring solution, designed to reduce panel complexity by consolidating complex circuit wiring into a single 8-pole cable. Connecting to SmartWire requires just crimping and connection to anywhere along the length of the wire.

For power distribution and power management, the company also showed new communication-enabled drawer units for motor control centers, which incorporate SmartWire-DT connection. This communication capability opens up the possibility of diagnostic functions that could simplify troubleshooting and reduce plant downtimes.

- Suzanne Gill is editor of Control Engineering Europe; this article appeared on on June 12, 2013, and was edited for CFE Media by Mark T. Hoske, content manager, Control Engineering and Plant Engineering,

ONLINE extra

This online version is longer than what appears in the July 2013 Control Engineering North American print and digital edition.

Control Engineering Europe original article: Industry prepares for the next ‘industrial revolution’

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