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TwinCAT Automation Software from BECKHOFF Automation for Plastics Machines

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BECKHOFF Automation  offers the TwinCAT software suite, an advanced process automation solution for injection moulding and blow moulding machines.  

Plastics moulding machines are increasingly supplied as production cells with handling systems. PC control technology from Beckhoff enables all processes to be automated with a universal software platform.  

Different robot concepts for instance, such as cartesian handling devices or complex kinematics such as delta robots can be implemented with the TwinCAT automation software.  

TwinCAT is extended by a further block with robotics. The PLC, motion controls, HMI and robotic functions run on just one industrial PC.  

TwinCAT Kinematic Transformation integrates itself into the existing motion control world wherein robotic and motion control functions can be optimally synchronised with TwinCAT NC.  

All motion characteristics can be combined as desired on a common hardware and software platform.    

The movements of the clamping units and handling axes are synchronised virtually without delay via the Ethernet fieldbus EtherCAT.  

The advantages of TwinCAT automation software suite are clearly demonstrated in in-mould labelling applications that demand short cycle times and high positioning accuracy.  

TwinCAT’s versatile synchronisation functions are particularly suitable for the applications. Programming takes place in accordance with DIN 66025 or with the aid of customer-specific motion editors.  

In the case of complex production cells and chained assembly machines, the flexible software-based safety technology, TwinSAFE from Beckhoff shortens commissioning times and facilitates subsequent plant modifications.  

XFC is based on an optimised control and communication architecture comprising of an advanced industrial PC, ultra-fast I/O terminals with extended real-time characteristics, the EtherCAT high-speed Ethernet system and the TwinCAT automation software.

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