Eckelmann AG and Ferrocontrol will show their extensive product range of drive and control technology for automating machines and facilities at SPS/IPC Drives 2012 (Hall 7, Booth 320): from controllers and I/O modules through servo drive controllers and motors all the way to IPCs and modern development tools and methods.
Eckelmann will present the controller E°EXC 88 as a special new product. This new generation of controllers for PLC, motion, and CNC applications is impressive due to its small dimensions, low power consumption, and the large instruction set of the CNC kernel. Eckelmann CNC controllers have always stood out for their variety of technology-specific functions which ensure that the most varied technologies from cylindrical grinding to flame cutting are optimally supported. The CNC kernel will be continually improved. Through customer-specific adaptions practically any application is possible. Motion functionalities according to PLCopen are seamlessly integrated with the CNC functions, and all axes can be used optionally as CNC or motion axes. With E°Tools Pro there is a powerful engineering tool available for planning and programming complete automation solutions based on the E°EXC 88 system family. It serves as a single point of engineering.
And yet development did not stand still for the E°EXC 66 controller generation either. In addition to Sercos III the controller now also supports EtherCAT for integrating drive technology. A Hexapod-Demonstrator at the booth will provide impressive proof that the E°EXC 66 controls dynamically and with great precision even the more unusual kinematics. In addition, the E°EXC 66 is available immediately in an export version with 4 interpolating axes for simultaneous contouring control. The controller thus does not require a permit according to the European/German export list (export list category 2D002). A total of 8 axes are available, enabling the control of an additional, for example, 4 auxiliary axes or 4 gantry axes on machine portals.
Ferrocontrol emphasizes safe and energy-efficient drive technology. The safety module E°Darc SCM offers a variety of certified safety functions (up to SIL 3 and PL e). Demanding and extremely fast drive-integrated safety functions are thus realized with the drive controller E°Darc. Setup takes place via the safe editor in E°Tools Light. The safety module has 5 safe inputs and 2 safe outputs that can be used freely for safety functions.
In addition, Ferrocontrol will present an innovative buffer module with a storage capacity of 8 mF and max. 1.25 kWs usable energy. The dynamic energy storage device stores valuable braking energy in the D.C. link and thus makes especially applications with short cycle times or fast start-stop applications significantly more energy efficient. Potential energy savings can be calculated with the braking energy calculator from Ferrocontrol.
Detailed information on specific new products at SPS/IPC Drives:
E°EXC 88 – Large instruction set in CNC kernel, seamless integration of CNC and motion, compact dimensions
The new controller E°EXC 88 will be on display for the first time by Eckelmann as a special SPS/IPC Drives trade show highlight. The compact DIN rail controller is impressive due to the large instruction set of the CNC kernel, seamless integration of CNC and motion functionalities in the controller, as well as low power consumption. There are a variety of technology-specific functions which ensure that the most varied processing technologies from cylindrical grinding to flame cutting are optimally supported. The CNC kernel will be continually improved. Through customer-specific adaptions practically any application is possible. The seamless integration of CNC and motion functionalities according to PLCopen allows additional handling axes to be operated very easily in addition to the CNC and the optimal technology to be selected, depending on the task, that is, either CNC or motion, or both combined.
As fieldbuses for connecting I/Os and drive technology the E°EXC 88 supports Sercos III, EtherCAT and CANopen; for drives, CAN is available via an optional plugin module. For modern Ethernet-based automation it is possible to draw on the extremely fast and robust real-time I/O system XBM from Eckelmann. With an update time of < 1 µs the XBM modules ensure safe and fast data transfer in complex applications with high data rates. The real-time I/O system is plugged directly into the controller or can be run remotely via corresponding bus couplers. Thanks to a height of only 54 mm the I/O modules fit into low-profile terminal boxes and are thus ideal for operating remotely. In addition to the time and therefore cost savings in installation thanks to Push-In Terminals, the high mechanical robustness and high EMV-interference resistance of the controller and I/O module also stand out as exceptional features. With E°Tools Pro an integrated tool library is available for the engineering of automation solutions using E°EXC 88. E°Tools Pro can be used to plan, program, put into operation, and analyze all your drive and control technology.
E°EXC 66 controls hexapod demonstrator at booth
At SPS/IPC Drives the tried and true Eckelmann controller E°EXC 66 will control a demonstrator with hexapod kinematics. The controller not only transforms the Cartesian tool coordinates (tool center point) into axis coordinates, it also calculates the axis movement back to movements of the tool center point. This function is offered by only a few manufacturers. It enables extremely precise control of parallel kinematics depending on velocity. The E°EXC 66 supports hexapod kinematics with absolute encoders as well; thus processing can be continued directly after a reset or voltage loss. In addition to hexapods the E°EXC 66 also controls tripod applications and hexaglide kinematics. For upgrading the controller for parallel kinematics Eckelmann uses modern methods of virtual implementation with MATLAB and hardware-in-the-loop simulation. The development time and therefore time to market is thereby significantly reduced.