MPS® stations - Mechatronic systems for world champions

MPS® stations - Mechatronic systems for world champions

The MPS® makes history

Since 1991, the stations from the modular production system MPS® have been the "sporting equipment" at the mechatronics world championships. In national and international competitions, MPS® has demonstrated that its concept, the stations and control systems and its functionality involved provide exactly those features that characterize automated production throughout the world: integrating mechanical systems, electrical engineering and IT to form mechatronics.

Anyone who trains using MPS® can be confident that numerous companies, schools and universities all over the world are doing exactly the same. The stations in the modular production system are the origin and role model for almost all mechatronic training systems.

The MPS® is the original.

 

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Each station has its own focus
Two stations are sufficient to represent a simple, industrially-relevant process for basic training in automation technology: distributing and sorting.

This simplest of all combinations provides numerous basic functions of automated production: separating, feeding, identifying, sorting. Each additional station adds new learning objectives. This means that the transfer of knowledge to the actual operation of modern automated production is as efficient as possible.

 

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Combine: As you like it!
All stations can be combined with others to create systems. This adds learning content and increases the flow of material and information. It is up to you whether you network the stations or operate them in stand-alone mode with a separate PLC.

Combination with other processes is also possible, e.g. with the MPS® transfer system or the MPS® PA stations.

 

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State-of-the-art: With a new robot

As a part of the system, the MPS® Robot station is used for the most mechatronically advanced process: robot-supported assembly. The new RV-2FB represents the wide range of advancement options within the MPS®, as a 6-axis robot with articulated arm kinematics.

 

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Sensitive: Safety modules
Hardly any issue affects so many employees in a company as health and safety. Emergency stop, safety curtains, safety doors and failsafe control are all part of a system made up of MPS® stations.

 

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Manufacturing and assembly
What is important? If simple handling tasks are sufficient for your learning scenario, the workpiece set with bodies of various materials can be used. If you want handling to involve simple assembly, the bodies with measuring instruments or containers with covers are ideal. For complex assembly with robots, a symbolic single-acting cylinder provides just the right challenges. If you want to program a microcontroller system, MPS® offers the EasyKit as the perfect starter package.

 

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Choice of PLC
The PLC normally controls the individual stations, unless you are using the virtual mini control system in FluidSIM® for example.

As for the PLC, we recommend an EduTrainer® Universal. We will fit the PLC of your choice, as well as fieldbus components if required. The advantage of the EduTrainers® in the MPS® Station is clear: you can remove the control and use it for other processes or in a workbench.

 

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3D: Like real life
The MPS® stations provide plenty of material for varied training. But in practice not every station is always available.

That's why all MPS® stations are also available as a simulation. The virtual stations in CIROS® behave just like the real stations. There is no difference in commissioning and troubleshooting. The same PLC can be used for control.

The virtual CIROS® stations enable you to:

  • add more functions of an automated system to your learning scenario
  • provide multiple learners with the same stations at the same time
  • design more individual training without having access to all real stations

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Since 1991, the modular production system MPS® has been the competition platform for the mechatronics world championships.