Technologies and processes – Top issues in the ProLog Factory

Technologies and processes – Top issues in the ProLog Factory

Drive technology and closed-loop control
The ProLog Factory features a variety of modern drive technology. High-end drives from Festo, such as the servo motor MTR-DCI, the mini slide with integrated encoder, a range of pneumatic linear axes and DC motors for the belts, provide a wealth of training material.

The Robotino® is perfect for providing training in closed-loop control. As a driverless transport system in the ProLog Factory, it is driven by a combination of three controlled industrial motors with shaft encoder.

Handling and vacuum technology
At numerous points in the system, workpieces have to be gripped, transported and positioned, often using vacuum technology. As in any modern system with handling technology, the ProLog Factory contains suction grippers, vacuum generators and sensors, valve terminals and proportional pressure regulators on the one hand, and pneumatic muscles, linear slides and rotary drives on the other.

Sensor technology and navigation
In the ProLog Factory, numerous sensors ensure safety, precision and quality in automation technology. Optical, inductive and capacitive sensors, color, laser and pressure sensors make the system into a complex learning system for potential sensor specialists.

The Robotino® is an autonomous industrial truck and always needs to know where it is. With its distance sensors, the color camera and the gyroscope sensor, it enables the topic of navigation to be included in the training.

RFID technology
Totally unknown a few years ago, but now an issue for more than just automation technology, the RFID chip is the modern rating plate for consumer goods and packaging and has become established as part of our daily lives.

The ProLog Factory uses RFID technology to save order data and production statuses on the pallet, thus providing an up-to-the-minute topic for training in automation technology.


The production process
The material and information flow in the ProLog Factory reflects the processes in modern production, including logistics and shipping. Raw material is stored in buffers and magazines, while end products are transported to an automated goods-out warehouse.

Production is based on the KANBAN principle. Free stock locations are restocked with unfinished parts immediately. Color and laser sensors ensure that parts with quality defects are sorted out.

The workpieces are assembled by the Fluidic Muscle Press and Pick&Place MPS® stations. In the Storage station, the finished parts wait to be fed to the Picking robot "just in sequence" and palletized for specific orders.

After picking, the Robotino® takes on the pallets. It takes them to the goods-out area or to interim storage. If it has time, it takes empty pallets back to the Picking station.


Training content

The variety of stations and the technologies they contain can be used to cover almost all of the relevant topics in control and automation technology.

  • Use of RFID technology
  • Vision system and camera inspection
  • Use of PLCs and programming
  • Use of different handling equipment and grippers
  • Use of different electric drives
  • Vacuum technology
  • Pneumatic linear and rotary drives
  • Use of fluidic muscles
  • Use of laser and color sensors
  • Use of pressure sensors
  • Use of industrial robots
  • Networking of automated systems with Ethernet TCP-IP
  • Visualization of systems with WinCC
  • Use of simulation tools
  • WLAN communication
  • RFID technology
  • Networking with PROFIBUS DP
  • Working with autonomous mobile robots
  • Programming a mobile robot with GRAFCET
  • Creation of functional modules in C++
  • Control of drives
  • Navigation


System management
The ProLog Factory is supplied complete with visualization. The master computer can be used to monitor all signals, functions and processes. Customer-specific orders are also entered here – a great feature for interdisciplinary cooperation, e.g. with trainees in commercial disciplines.

Energy monitoring with DC Wattmeter
Anyone who wants to discover potential savings can begin by measuring the current consumption. The data recorded by the DC Wattmeter goes to the master computer via a switchable interface (0 – 10 V DC or 4 – 20 mA) or via Ethernet. The display on the device shows the current and cumulative power consumption.


Package range
Consisting of:

Production line
MPS® stations Distributing 3-way magazine*, Testing*, Pick&Place*, Fluidic Muscle Press*, Storage*, Separation* and Sorting*

Picking station
With industrial robot

Logistics area
With high bay warehouse and 2 mobile robots

SCADA computer
With visualiZation application

Software and media
Programming package STEP 7 Trainer Package, CIROS®, Mechatronics Assistant, WinCC, Robotino® View, Robotino® SIM

* Includes mobile frame, MPS® control panel and EduTrainer® Universal S7-300.

 

 

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