Pack Expo Las Vegas 2011: Automation products target machine builders

Automation and controls introduced and discussed at Pack Expo Las Vegas 2011 last week aimed to help machine builders optimize designs, become more energy efficient, and improve safety. A sampling follows with more to come.

10/03/2011


Intelligrated showed at Pack Expo Las Vegas 2011, how two robotic arms operated on one PLC-based control system, performing robotic case unpacking and case packing of bottles. CFE Media photo by Mark T. HoskeAutomation and controls introduced and discussed at Pack Expo Las Vegas 2011 last week aimed to help machine builders optimize designs, become more energy efficient, and improve safety. A sampling follows with links below.

General Colin Powell (Ret.) gave comments that should help machine builders inspire teams to offer smarter, more innovative designs.

ABB Robotics showed many systems for processing, packaging and palletizing, including high-speed pick-and-place system with IRB 360 FlexPicker and PickMaster 3 software, using vision in conjunction with the software to pick randomly placed objects and orient them.

Beckhoff Automation showed how five servo drives could be controlled in less than 2.5-inches-wide of space with the Beckhoff EL7201 ultra compact I/O terminal.

New delta robot system from Cama (Lecco, Italy) uses Rexroth IndraMotion MLC motion logic and control unit for packaging, IndraDrive and IndraDyn drive system, and IndraWorks engineering software. Courtesy: Bosch Rexroth.Bosch Rexroth Corporation, the Drive & Control Company, focused on innovations in mechatronics and products that can help packaging machine builders and system integrators engineer more efficiently with open system solutions. These include IndraMotion for Packaging Controls, IndraDrive Mi with Multi-Ethernet, corrosion-resistant with FDA-certified materials – ball rail materials for wash-down environments, and productive pneumatic solutions for the food and packaging industry.

B&R Industrial Automation demonstrated a six-servo, delta-robot that slowed to a low-risk speed for setup or maintenance, using fieldbus-independent openSafety protocol. The company offers the Acoposinverter P84 with an integrated Powerlink interface from 0.37 to 500 kW; Ethernet Powerlink is widely used for hard-real-time motion applications; B&R's new Powerlink X67 bus controller with IP67 protection; and thermoformer machine uses one industrial touchscreen PC as an HMI and for machine control. In addition, B&R sponsored student activities at Pack Expo to introduce bright young minds to packaging and machine builders and end-users to a new talent pool.

Cerulean's Q-Test integrated sensors, control, and logic to create what it says is the first fully automated tube testing system for laminate and plastic tubes.

Cognex machine-vision based DataMan 500, now with an optional additional lighting shown in photo, reads marred codes at high speeds in any direction, including on the side of the box. CFE Media photo by Mark T. HoskeCognex machine-vision based DataMan 500, now with an optional additional lighting shown in photo, reads marred codes at high speeds in any direction, including on the side of the box.

Hitachi America Ltd. Industrial Components and Equipment Division, among offerings showed the Hitachi L700 Series of Industrial ac variable frequency drives and inverters.

Intelligrated showed how multiple robots can be controlled from one PLC using ladder logic programming. (See photo at top.)

Kollmorgen showed its automation and motion control solutions platform, Kollmorgen Automation Suite, as well as the company’s AKD Ethernet-based servo drives, AKM servomotors and Kollmorgen Cartridge DDR (Direct Drive Rotary) motors.

Lenze SMVector NEMA 1 inverters expanded, now offering 60 hp, in addition to 40 hp and 50 hp units. Also shown was the 3200 C L-force Controller.

Brad Micro Change M12 CHT connector from Molex offers Ethernet and power in one connection. Courtesy: MolexMolex, with its Brad automation product lines, offered packaging OEMs, system integrators, and end users a wide range of connectivity, communications, control, and power solutions. The company said it offers an extensive range of industrial network protocol options designed for the advanced-manufacturing needs in the packaging industry, including industrial Ethernet.

ProSoft Technology expanded its offerings with WRC DeviceNet products. In a recent agreement with Western Reserve Controls (WRC), ProSoft Technology will assume exclusive sales rights and support services for all WRC DeviceNet communication products, including DeviceNet protocol gateways and network extenders/repeaters for DeviceNet, SDS (Smart Distributed System), J1939, CAN-open, and other CAN, V2.0, Part A or Part B serial bus systems.

Rittal Mobile Design Center, a traveling exhibit, includes 5000 lb of wallmount enclosures, climate controlled enclosures, TS8 Modular Enclosures, HMIs, and power distribution products. Courtesy: RittalRittal’s Mobile Design Center, a 36-ft bus full of 5,000 lb of Rittal technologies, was parked inside the Pack Expo booth. Among latest offering is the Rittal Comfort Panel, engineered to accommodate the latest generation of HMI operator panels with a slim-line design to match the Rittal support arm systems.

Rockwell Automation showed scalable, multidisciplined control and information technologies to help machine builders lower their cost to design, develop and deliver packaging machinery. Rockwell Automation controller portfolio scales from 12 to 10,000 I/O projects, giving machine builders a range of options.

The new Simotion D motion controllers for production machines cover all levels of performance, from simple positioning tasks to demanding applications with extremely short cycle times or large numbers of axes, up to 128.  Courtesy: SiemensSiemens built Profinet IRT into its hardware, ensuring that 36 axes of servo drives would continue to operate reliably despite network overloading by local video-based application, as the demo showed. Separately, Optimized Packaging Line (OPL) offers easier HMI setup and support for tag-naming. Also Siemens expanded Sinamics S120 drive system to include Ethernet connectivity to Profinet, Ethernet TCP/IP, and EtherNet/IP,  upgraded its Simotion Scout motion control software, and extended the upper performance range of Simotion D motion controllers to support 128 axes of motion. Read more about Sinamics, Simotion Scout, and Simotion D enhancements.

See more details and offerings below. Additional coverage and details will be added soon.

- Compiled by Mark T. Hoske, CFE Media, Plant Engineering, Control Engineering.



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