Yaskawa and Micromech, a moving partnership

For the latest in technology of speed control and positioning products, Yaskawa are probably the best in the world

Episode 1: Book Edge Dye Applicator

A manufacturer wanted to produce a custom machine design for automated dying of book edges and the challenges for Yaskawa were many-fold. The principle features were ease of start-up which was required for a very demanding schedule, auto feed insertion for correct book placement and accurate edge detection accommodating random in-feed. It further needed precise placement for rotational clearance. All this meant synchronised motion of 14 axes.

The OEM makes a variety of custom automation equipment to serve a wide industrial market. This application required placement of randomly incoming books that must be placed accurately such that the book can be rotated for a full-edge dye operation. The in-feed sensor activates a series of rollers that grab the edge of the book and pull it in to a specific target determined by a latch sensor. Once the product is placed correctly, a pneumatic actuator clamps the book in place. Two sets of dye rollers extend along each side applying the desired colour. The book is then rotated 180 degrees such that the remaining two sides can be dyed accordingly, it is then ejected to the next stage in the process. The system comprises two independent identical paths and controls a total of 14 servo axes with one MP2300Siec controller to accomplish the task.

The system achieved a performance of 20 books per minute throughput, placement accuracy of +/- 0.25mm, and auxiliary functions of book rotation, out-feed control and machine I/O sequencing. The differentiating solution features included a pre-written feed-to-length template, high-speed latch for accurate in-feed registration and a tuning-less servo function.

The resulting benefits of this solution were a proven core code, which reduces commissioning time, reduces project risk and improves performance. There is greater accuracy for tight rotational tolerance, faster start-up time and overall much improved performance.

Micromech is the UK distributor and systems integrator for Yaskawa motion products, for more information contact Stirling on 01376 333333 or stirling@micromech.co.uk

‘Affordable Automation’

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Yaskawa and Micromech, a moving partnership

For the latest in technology of speed control and positioning products, Yaskawa are probably the best in the world

Episode 1: Book Edge Dye Applicator

A manufacturer wanted to produce a custom machine design for automated dying of book edges and the challenges for Yaskawa were many-fold. The principle features were ease of start-up which was required for a very demanding schedule, auto feed insertion for correct book placement and accurate edge detection accommodating random in-feed. It further needed precise placement for rotational clearance. All this meant synchronised motion of 14 axes.

The OEM makes a variety of custom automation equipment to serve a wide industrial market. This application required placement of randomly incoming books that must be placed accurately such that the book can be rotated for a full-edge dye operation. The in-feed sensor activates a series of rollers that grab the edge of the book and pull it in to a specific target determined by a latch sensor. Once the product is placed correctly, a pneumatic actuator clamps the book in place. Two sets of dye rollers extend along each side applying the desired colour. The book is then rotated 180 degrees such that the remaining two sides can be dyed accordingly, it is then ejected to the next stage in the process. The system comprises two independent identical paths and controls a total of 14 servo axes with one MP2300Siec controller to accomplish the task.

The system achieved a performance of 20 books per minute throughput, placement accuracy of +/- 0.25mm, and auxiliary functions of book rotation, out-feed control and machine I/O sequencing. The differentiating solution features included a pre-written feed-to-length template, high-speed latch for accurate in-feed registration and a tuning-less servo function.

The resulting benefits of this solution were a proven core code, which reduces commissioning time, reduces project risk and improves performance. There is greater accuracy for tight rotational tolerance, faster start-up time and overall much improved performance.

Micromech is the UK distributor and systems integrator for Yaskawa motion products, for more information contact Stirling on 01376 333333 or stirling@micromech.co.uk

‘Affordable Automation’

Parker launches Motornet DC – a servo motor with integrated drive

Parker Electromechanical Automation has launched a new drive family, the Motornet DC. The Motornet DC is a brushless servomotor with integrated electronics for flexible and modular mechatronic solutions. Compared with a traditional solution where the electronics is de-centralised or mount on the motor’s rear end, the Motornet DC alternative offers a very compact system. Typical applications for the Motornet DC include packaging machines and rotary tables with numerous motors mounted on board.

This motor has been developed to resolve the difficulty many customers have of limited space in cabinets, or a problem in existing equipment. Where a large wiring effort takes time and money, especially with a high number of axes within a machine. It can be very difficult to mount motors with two wires each on rotating carousels and so this solution makes things simple. Then obviously there is a clear trend for de-centralisation.

For OEM’s and machine builders Motornet DC provides the opportunity to design and build cost effective modular design solutions, ideal for today’s modern packaging and production machines. Furthermore Motornet DC is the first servomotor with an integrated servo drive which has an EtherCAT interface, based on the well-known CoE-Profile (CAN over EtherCAT).

The intelligent cabling concept combines both auxiliary and DC bus voltages, EtherCAT bus signals and an additional system diagnostics bus (which allows access to individual drives even when the EtherCAT bus is not in operation), in one single hybrid cable. Multiple Motornet DC servo modules can be connected in a simple daisy chain architecture removing the need for costly distribution boxes.  Common coupling of all drives via a shared DC bus permits energy-efficient sizing, and those with brakes can also transfer their energy directly to the drives in motoring mode. In some cases this makes the central braking resistor completely redundant while in others it can be reduced significantly in size.

A typical application example would be a carousel filling and capping machine, where as many as 30 servo drives could be required. The Motornet DC can dramatically reduce the cabling cost in such applications. In addition, only one single hybrid cable has to be connected to a slip ring, whereas conventional multi-drive systems require multiple slip ring contacts. Calculations have shown a reduction of the control cabinet volume of up to 70%, can be achieved.

Motornet DC can also support the connection of individual stand-alone machines to create bespoke process solutions, once again connected via a single hybrid connector to the main machine master.  This innovative new drive offers installers a plug and play system, and returns valuable floorspace to end users due to reduced cabinet size and number.

Micromech is Parker’s motion partner and can offer a bespoke solution to meet all of your motion control needs, for more information contact Alan Spinks on 01376 333333 or alan@micromech.co.uk

‘Micromech Systems and Parker are forces in motion’

Kollmorgen Newsletter

Micromech is pleased to send you the latest newsletter from Kollmorgen the global, major motion and control company

Product Launch 2012

In addition to re-launching its motion-control technology skills, Kollmorgen is introducing a whole range of new solutions including the new AKD™ PDMM (Programmable Drive Multi-Axis Master), a servo amplifier with integrated, high-performance PLC and motion-control functionality. Also on offer is the new KBM™ series of frameless, brushless torque motors for demanding high-performance applications in a confined space, and the AKM1 matchbox-sized synchronous servomotor with standstill brake and absolute encoder. Each solution helps machine engineers and users achieve significant productivity and availability improvements, with reduced material and maintenance costs and energy consumption, all of which provide important competitive benefits.

IPC Performance in the Drive: Entirely New Possibilities in Terms of Design and Performance

Giving the performance of an IPC but for the price of a compact drive control?
With its totally flexible AKD® PDMM series, Kollmorgen is showing that this balancing act really can be achieved. Featuring powerful integrated controllers equipped with Kollmorgen Automation Suite™ software, the drives boast full PLC and motion functionality for single and multiple synchronised servo amplifiers. They provide machine designers with a means of controlling eight or more axes without having to rely on a PLC or an additional motion controller. The advantages speak for themselves. Machines can be built more quickly and easily, and machine output increases while costs are reduced. Machine designers have more design and build options, save space in the control cabinet and reduce wiring costs. They can thus enjoy a shared development environment for their different applications, and benefit from the compatibility and flexibility of Kollmorgen Automation Suite.

The Most Versatile Synchronous Servomotor in its Performance Class

The smallest synchronous servomotor from Kollmorgen is now even more flexible: The build series AKM1 is now available with a range of options such as holding brake, various feedback systems including multi-turn absolute encoders with Hiperface® interface as well as ytec® plug-in connectors. Machine builders now have at their disposal an extremely compact and integrated solution for sophisticated movement tasks like vertical axes, positioning and also lightweight and space-saving drives. High degree of efficiency, up to 8000 revs per minute and high dynamics further serve as compelling performance data for this compact power pack.

Change in Top Management

As Vice President of Global Marketing at Kollmorgen Industrial Automation, Udo Panenka has taken on the top job at Kollmorgen in Europe. In his role as Vice President and European General Manager at Kollmorgen Industrial Automation, which became effective December 2011, he is responsible for the entire European business of motion control and automation solutions. His predecessor, Udo Aull who held the position for the last five years, has moved to Asia where he will assume the role of President of Danaher Sensors & Controls (DSC), Kollmorgen and Thomson – Asia, with responsibility for the Chinese, Japanese and Korean markets. Both leaders are keen for Kollmorgen to continue the growth it has experienced in recent years and to further advance its position in the global market.

Micromech is a leading UK motion expert in positioning and speed control supplying a wide range of motion control products plus associated equipment to industry, printing, packaging, converting and manufacturing. Micromech can supply goods either as components or complete packages and so is a significant force in the field of sophisticated multi-axis control and is a recognised specialist in servo and stepping motor applications. For more information about these exciting products contact Stirling Morley on 01376 333333 or stirling@micromech.co.uk

‘Micromech your Kollmorgen Silver Motion Partner’