SIMOTION, the scalable motion control system, offers customers with higher degree of flexibility. SIMOTION, available from CNC Design , allows central or distributed machine concepts to be realised. With SIMOTION, customers can depend on user-friendly engineering and fast commissioning, a precise jump to increase the level of competitiveness.
Motion control is becoming significant when designing machines that control complex, fast and precise motion. In order to realise the most complex machines SIMOTION supports the machine development across the entire life cycle. This is achieved with tools that simplify planning in the development phase and support customers in the commissioning phase with diagnostic functions.
The overall concept has one objective, which is to achieve the possible degree of simplicity. This is because more difficult the requirements, the simpler it should be to handle the solution. This shortens development and engineering times, as well as the time to market for the machines. Additional high cycle rates and the product quality are ensured.
The modular system design follows the trend towards modular machine concepts. Motion control has been merged with PLC and technological functions. This concept allows axes and machines to be controlled using one system. Many different machine versions can be implemented and scaled with a few modules. This is the reason that SIMOTION covers all of the functions and with PROFIBUS and PROFINET provides the matching interfaces for communication between modules.
This means that customers can profit from the wide range of powerful and innovative standard automation and drive components based on a common platform. Further, when implementing the application, customers can select between several platforms and programming languages. SIMOTION is a high-performance machine with a higher degree of flexibility, shorter mechanical design and commissioning times with lower machine costs.
SIMOTION has been established across the following range of sectors:
- Packaging industry
- Plastics industry
- Glass industry
- Metal forming
- Textile industry
- Printing industry
- General machinery construction
The SIMOTION system comprises three components namely, the engineering system, runtime software and hardware platforms. With SCOUT, SIMOTION offers an integrated, seamless engineering system and also provides all of the tools required for programming and parameterising, testing and commissioning as well as diagnostics.
The intuitive user prompting of motion control chart (MCC) makes it easier to programme the complex motion functions. The machine sequence is clearly and transparently shown using a flow diagram. A high-performance editor is available both for programming in LAD as well as in FBD. In addition to standard logic functions, all of the motion control and technological functions can be used in LAD/FBD.
Using Structured Text ST, the complete functionality and flexibility of the SIMOTION system can be used in an environment that is suitable for high-level languages. This results in efficient programming. It is simple to configure open-loop and closed-loop control functions using the DCC Editor. Multi-instance-capable function blocks are selected from a predefined library and are graphically interlinked with one another by dragging and dropping them. CamTool Editors are included in SCOUT, which enable cams to be created in a tabular or polynomial form.
The runtime software has a modular structure and comprises a PLC, in compliance with IEC 61131-3, and optional functions such as positioning, synchronous operation, camming and interpolation. These functions are available as additional commands. This means that customers can create a motion sequence as a PLC programme.
Hydraulic applications with their high-speed control loops for position and pressure control can be implemented using the fast, distributed ET 200S I/O. These are connected to SIMOTION through PROFINET, therefore permitting the shortest control cycles. In addition to electric drives, this also allows hydraulic drives to be synchronised with one another, a suitable basis for seamless and integrated automation solutions such as conveyor belts and press lines. Problems relating to interfaces between individual components, often critical from a time perspective, are completely eliminated.
Depending on the SIMOTION D version, SIMATIC HMI devices can be connected through PROFIBUS, PROFINET or Ethernet for visualisation and operator control. PROFIBUS or PROFINET is used to connect the distributed I/O. SIMOTION IT Diag is suitable for first-level diagnostics even if production has started.
Using SIMOTION IT Diag when connected through Ethernet, machine and control information can be read out using a standard web browser. The Ethernet connection can also be used to update the project and firmware. In addition to system-specific standard diagnostic screens, machine and customer specific diagnostic screens can also be created and saved in the SIMOTION devices. SIMOTION IT Diag can be used to eliminate time-consuming and costly service calls and reduce machine downtimes.
This ensures the highest degree of scalability and flexibility. By integrating motion control and technological functions as well as PLC and closed-loop drive controls in one compact module means that, in addition to the motion sequence, also the complete machine can be controlled.
SIMOTION D is directly integrated in the SINAMICS S120 as control module. This saves valuable space with improved response speed. SIMOTION D is available in two mechanical designs, as single-axis system SIMOTION D410 and as multi-axis system SIMOTION D4x5 in various performance variants.
The SIMOTION D410 control unit is a suitable solution if motion control is required for one axis and PLC functionality in a compact package. SIMOTION D410 can be used for single-axis applications such as winders, crosscutters or fee