BECKHOFF Automation (www.beckhoff.com) is pleased to announce the release of its TwinCAT automation software suite – a new generation of process automation solution for blow molding and injection molding machines.
Plastics molding machines are provided as production cells with handling systems. Beckhoff’s PC control technology allows all processes to be automated with the help of a universal software platform.
For example, different robot concepts such as complex kinematics like delta robots or cartesian handling devices can be implemented with the TwinCAT software.
The device is extended by another block with robotics. The motion controls, PLC, HMI and robotic functions run on only one industrial PC.
TwinCAT Kinematic Transformation incorporates itself into the world of existing motion control wherein motion control and robotic functions can be optimally synchronized through the use of TwinCAT NC.
All motion characteristics can be blended desired by the user on a common software and hardware platform.
The movements of the handling axes and clamping units are virtually synchronized without any delay through the Ethernet fieldbus EtherCAT.
The advantages of TwinCAT software suite are demonstrated clearly in in-mould labeling applications, which demand high positioning accuracy and short cycle times.
The versatile synchronization functions of TwinCAT are suitable for the applications. Programming happens with the help of customer-specific motion editors or in accordance with the DIN 66025.
In the case of complex chained assembly machines and production cells, Beckhoff TwinSAFE (a flexible software-based safety technology) facilitates subsequent plant modifications and shortens commissioning times.
XFC is based on an optimized communication and control architecture comprising of TwinCAT automation software, the EtherCAT high-speed Ethernet system, I/O terminals with extended real-time characteristics and advanced industrial PC.