Beckhoff is exhibiting its automation and industry solutions for the plastics manufacturing industry at K 2007 for the first time. The focus of the world fair for the plastics and rubber industry is on machine construction and system engineering, for which Beckhoff offers versatile and innovative control technology.
Beckhoff has been established in the plastics industry as a supplier of automation solutions and control components for many years. As a pioneer in the area of open PC-based automation technology, Beckhoff has anticipated the current trend towards open control architectures in plastics engineering as it were.
Beckhoff presents its solution for the PC-based control technology at K 2007 in Düsseldorf, Germany: The main focus is on EtherCAT-based automation, XFC and the Beckhoff drive technology. An electrically driven prototype machine for micro injection moulding will be on show as an application example.
In addition, examples of customised control panels give an overview of scaleable PC hardware from Beckhoff.
Open automation technology from IPC to drives:
Beckhoff open automation technology consists of a comprehensive portfolio of innovative products. The compact top performance PCs, the wide range of electronic I/O terminals, the high-speed fieldbus EtherCAT, the TwinCAT automation software and the drive technology are highly suited to applications in plastics engineering.
The Beckhoff software application framework for plastics machines provides a universal motion control solution for fully electronic, hydraulic and hybrid drive solutions. The standard control architecture for all drive versions minimises engineering costs and contributes to efficiency.
Plastics mechanical engineers will have to deal with the issue of energy saving drive technology along with higher productivity and increasingly narrow operation windows to a higher degree in the years ahead.
Beckhoff offers hardware and software solutions for motion control applications. Extremely short control and reaction times, compact construction, interface connections for various encoder systems and rapid bus connection supply the ideal application conditions for handling and manufacturing machines.
The Beckhoff safety technology TwinSAFE enables the combination of safe inputs and integrated drive safety functions according to safety category 3. This technology gives the mechanical engineer flexibility and reduces the costs for engineering and electrotechnical components at the same time. In addition, the global presence enables Beckhoff to provide optimum world-wide support and service for its customers’
expansion into future markets.
XFC – Highest precision for plastics processing:
High process stability and productivity demand the highest system performance, especially for electrically powered machines.
Demands for rapid reaction times with deterministic system response and high sampling rates are adequately fulfilled with XFC (eXtreme Fast Control Technology). XFC is based on an optimised control and communication architecture comprising an advanced Industrial PC, ultra-fast I/O terminals with extended real-time characteristics, the EtherCAT highspeed Ethernet fieldbus, and the TwinCAT automation software. The system achieves new accuracy levels for switching over to holding pressure during the injection moulding process.