IMTS 2004: Rexroth’s IndraMotion MTX offers flexible CNC

Chicago, IL—Bosch Rexroth Corp. reports that IndraMotion MTX from its Electric Drives and Controls division offers high-performance computerized numerical control (CNC) for cutting and forming machine tools. Following its introduction in Europe last year, IndraMotion MTX is being exhibited at IMTS 2004, Sept. 8-15, at McCormick Place.

By Control Engineering Staff September 8, 2004

Chicago, IL— Bosch Rexroth Corp. reports that IndraMotion MTX from its Electric Drives and Controls division offers high-performance computerized numerical control (CNC) for cutting and forming machine tools. Following its introduction in Europe last year, IndraMotion MTX is being exhibited at IMTS 2004 , Sept. 8-15, at McCormick Place. The company reports initial field results show that IndraMotion delivers exceptional performance and significant potential for cycle time reduction.

IndraMotion’s open architecture provides flexibility at the software level and at the sensor/actuator level. The controller works with current Microsoft operating systems, and uses the communication mechanisms these systems offer. For example, a .NET framework is the foundation for IndraMotion’s user-interface and integrated engineering environment. Standardized PC technologies, such as OPC, ActiveX, and XML, provide an integration path for additional software. Ethernet TCP/IP is available for communication with other components and systems. A uniform API offers standardized access to controller data for process optimization or integration of application-specific visualization or control features.

In addition, numerical control and an integrated, multi-tasking, IEC 61131-3-compliant PLC in IndraMotion share the same hardware and VxWorks real time operating system. Bosch Rexroth adds its solution provides standardized control features, as well as simple design planning tools and outstanding system performance. IndraMotion’s PLC executes 1,000 statements in only 60

Also, IndraMotion uses SERCOS, which is the only recognized open drive interface for real-time communication with intelligent electrical or hydraulic drives. Users can choose from a range of fieldbus systems as the process interface for other peripherals.

Bosch Rexroth adds that IndraMotion’s performance is independent of machine complexity. The new controller is ideal for genuine 3-D machining of complex workpieces on five- and six-axis machines in tool- and mold-making applications. Further, the firm says its controller provides significantly more flexibility and speed in combined lathe/milling applications, as well as on punches and nibblers.

Control Engineering Daily News DeskJim Montague, news editorjmontague@reedbusiness.com