Press Release

15th March 2011
Beckhoff at Interpack 2011 in Düsseldorf, Germany: Hall 15, Booth D25/E26
PC-based Control – Robotics supplement PLC and Motion Control on one platform
Beckhoff is presenting its automation solutions for the packaging industry in Hall 15, Booth D25/E26 at Interpack 2011, which takes place from
12 to 18 May 2011 in Düsseldorf, Germany. Beckhoff integrates PLC, Motion Control and Robotics on its PC- and EtherCAT-based control platform and thus offers the flexibility and speed required to meet the changing trends and widely varying requirements in the packaging industry. More and more functions for which expensive special hardware was previously required are being mapped in software or assumed by standard components. For the machine manufacturer, this means cost savings in the engineering – while at the same time process optimisation – and a significantly smaller machine footprint.

The entire process chain of a packaging line can be automated with PC Control from Beckhoff: all processes, from filling, forming, sealing, labelling, collecting and re-packing to palletising, can be realised throughout with Industrial PCs and TwinCAT automation software. TwinCAT unites PLC, Motion Control,
high-precision measuring technology and robotics on one platform. TwinCAT Kinematic Transformation software extends the Beckhoff PC controller by the possibility to implement robots in software directly on the control computer. The kinematics for Cartesian portal, shear, roller (H-Bot), 2-D parallel and 3-D delta are extended by the first 6-axis kinematics on the basis of cables. With the integrated tracking algorithms, for example, packagings on moving conveyor belts can be simply followed and picked up by the robot at a suitable point in time.

TwinCAT 3, the latest generation of the PC-based control software from Beckhoff, redefines the standard in the world of automation: in addition to the
object-oriented IEC 61131-3 extensions, the languages of the IT world are available in C and C++. The Matlab®/Simulink® interface is also integrated via the real-time workshop. Beyond that, TwinCAT 3 simplifies the integration of external software, for example for cam plate calculation. A series of PLC libraries and function blocks specifically for the packaging industry provide prefabricated solutions for printing mark control, loop or pendulum control, fast cam controller, multi-cam, flying saw or torque control, which save the user valuable development time and costs. In EtherCAT, Beckhoff provides an extremely fast fieldbus system that significantly improves the process sequences and processing speed of packaging machines. “Our XFC (eXtreme Fast Control) technology, which is based on EtherCAT and high-performance Industrial PCs, gives us the possibility, for example, to implement a touch probe input on a packaging machine in the microsecond range,” explains Frank Würthner, Business Manager for
Packaging Technology at Beckhoff.

In a live demo at Interpack, Beckhoff will present the H 130 handling module from Multivac, which is characterised by the successful interaction of high-tech mechanical engineering and state-of-the-art control technology from Beckhoff.

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  • <p>Beckhoff will present a new product at Interpack – the EL7201 servo terminal, which integrates a complete servo drive in the compact standard terminal housing.</p>

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    Beckhoff will present a new product at Interpack – the EL7201 servo terminal, which integrates a complete servo drive in the compact standard terminal housing.

Further information:

EL7201 servo terminal

TwinCAT 3

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