MPS separating station D – Basic principles of mechatronic systems

MPS separating station D – Basic principles of mechatronic systems

The MPS separating station D tackles a number of topics, including the use of digital sensors and actuators. The station controls a distribution process based on workpiece properties. The workpiece dimensions measured by the sensors are used to determine the subsequent process.

The workpieces on the conveyor are transported to the depth measurement point. An analog diffuse sensor checks the depth of a drilled hole. If the hole is deep enough, the conveyor carries the workpieces to the end position. An electric deflector with a quarter turn actuator guides workpieces that are skewed or do not have sufficient hole depth to a collection point via the second conveyor.

Fiber-optic through-beam sensors and opto sensors monitor the material flow on both conveyors. The workpieces on the conveyors can transport workpieces in both directions.

The diffuse sensor supplies either an analog or a digital output signal, as required. The module can thus be used for various levels of training. The binary switching output can be adapted to the measurement requirement and the signal type by means of teach-in programming.

The MPS separating station D enables users to set up flexible assembly lines using a variety of stations. Downstream stations can be added to the station in two directions. Combined assembly processes such as cylinder assembly and installation of workpiece inserts in housings can be performed using the separating station.


  • The highly modular nature of the station makes it incredibly versatile and allows it to be used for many different types of project work.
  • The station can be used individually or together with other stations at various points in a system or process.
  • With the aid of this station, students will develop basic knowledge of distribution processes and of how to control a conveyor.


  • Familiarization with the various functions of the MPS separating station D
  • Gaining insight into common distribution processes
  • Familiarization with the key components of a mechatronic system
  • Acquisition of basic PLC programming skills
  • Introduction to pneumatic control systems
  • Introduction to how sensors and actuators work and are used
  • Controlling a DC motor using a micro controller
  • Preparation and commissioning of a mechatronic system

Technical data

  • Operating pressure: 600 kPa (6 bar)
  • Power supply: 24 V DC
  • Round workpiece dimensions: max. 40 mm
  • 6 digital sensors
  • 4 digital actuators