Integrated, open PLC and motion programming for packaging

IndraMotion for Packaging from Bosch Rexroth is designed to reduce the amount of engineering by implementing all PLC and motion programming tasks in the same same programming language.

12/13/2011


The system solution IndraMotion for Packaging helps to reduce the amount of engineering. Courtesy: Bosch RexrothBosch Rexroth open system solution, IndraMotion for Packaging, is available with software version 12 and comes with a series of additional functions allowing users to comfortably program robotics applications with the PLC in accordance with IEC 61131-3. Multi-Ethernet interfaces on controls and drives - including on the further developed motor-integrated IndraDrive Mi drives - reduce the costs for OEM having to adapt their solutions to end user requirements.

With the latest software version, which incorporates the CoDeSys V3 run-time system and comprehensive PLCopen function libraries, users can implement all PLC and motion programming tasks, including individual drives, synchronized movements and robotics, in the IEC 61131-3 programming languages. This allows for a much more efficient division of work and reduces the amount of engineering involved in made-to-order constructions. Furthermore, IndraMotion for Packaging contains numerous technology functions that are typical in the packaging industry, such as print mark control, product grouping, magic belt or intermittent duty cycle.

In addition, the Drive and Control Specialist provides a function - the patented FlexProfile - with which machine manufacturers are able to fulfill customers' requests for higher flexibility and product or format changeovers at the press of a button. FlexProfile simplifies handling electronic cams because, among other things, the software automatically adapts all drive movements to the changed parameters. To accomplish this, programmers use the engineering tool CamBuilder from the IndraWorks environment to generate synchronous movements graphically. From there, CamBuilder then automatically generates the program code, replacing the previously timeconsuming and error-prone step of manual programming.

With the motor-integrated IndraDrive Mi servo drives, Rexroth increases the degree by which decentralized automation concepts can be modularized. Using a Multi-Ethernet interface, the servo drives can be comfortably integrated into a variety of Ethernet-based field buses, including SERCOS III, Profinet IO (RT), EtherNet/IP and EtherCAT. This enables OEM to implement different automation structures with one single type of hardware, thereby simplifying logistics and spare parts management. In addition, pneumatic components and hydraulic actuators can be connected to the IndraDrive Mi via SERCOS III at a reduced cost.

The drive-integrated safety function of the IndraDrive Mi eliminates hardware and reduces the need for wiring. The STO safety function ensures the safety of the respective axes without requiring an additional control. This facilitates the modular design of machines. When the STO function is activated, the drive will interrupt the current to the connected motor within mere milliseconds. Likewise, it prevents the motor from being restarted accidentally. The STO function in the IndraDrive Mi servo drives is certified Cat 4 PL e according to EN ISO 13849-1 and SIL 3 according to EN 62061.

Bosch Rexroth AG

www.boschrexroth-us.com 

- Edited by Chris Vavra, Control Engineering, www.controleng.com 

controleng.com/drives

controleng.com/PLCs



No comments
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2015 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
Hannover Messe 2016: Taking hold of the future - Partner Country status spotlights U.S. manufacturing; Honoring manufacturing excellence: The 2015 Product of the Year Winners
Inside IIoT: How technology, strategy can improve your operation; Dry media or web scrubber?; Six steps to design a PM program
World-class manufacturing: A recipe for success: Finding the right mix for a salad dressing line; 2015 Salary Survey: Manufacturing slump dims enthusiasm
Getting to the bottom of subsea repairs: Older pipelines need more attention, and operators need a repair strategy; OTC preview; Offshore production difficult - and crucial
Digital oilfields: Integrated HMI/SCADA systems enable smarter data acquisition; Real-world impact of simulation; Electric actuator technology prospers in production fields
Special report: U.S. natural gas; LNG transport technologies evolve to meet market demand; Understanding new methane regulations; Predictive maintenance for gas pipeline compressors
Warehouse winter comfort: The HTHV solution; Cooling with natural gas; Plastics industry booming
Managing automation upgrades, retrofits; Making technical, business sense; Ensuring network cyber security
Designing generator systems; Using online commissioning tools; Selective coordination best practices

Annual Salary Survey

Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.

There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.

But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.

Read more: 2015 Salary Survey

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.
This article collection contains several articles on the vital role that compressed air plays in manufacturing plants.
This article collection contains several articles on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and how it is transforming manufacturing.
click me