Thought and action in networked systems
It is becoming more and more common for specialists and engineers to be responsible for operation and maintenance of complex automated production systems. This requires the seamless interaction of all the technologies involved.
MPS® 500-FMS forms the basis for general technological training using practical problems from actual operational applications. It provides the perfect platform for analysing, understanding and mastering the interaction of mechanics, pneumatics, electrical engineering, control technology and communication interfaces – all absolutely critical for proper and successful management of networked systems.
The system is a factory comprising six areas linked via a transport system that produces the tried-and-tested short-stroke cylinders from the MPS®.
Cylinder bodies are delivered to the Distributing station and forwarded to the Testing station after inspection.
The Processing station, which simulates a drilling process, represents the machining stage. The Handling station transports the material.
The camera system checks the workpiece.
An industrial robot in the Robot assembly station performs automated assembly.
Parts are stored in the Automatic warehouse station prior to shipping.
The Handling station transfers products from the conveyor to the Sorting station, where the products are sorted and made available for shipping.
The transport system
The transport facilities are a central component of automated production systems. The rectangular conveyor configuration of the FMF–F series offers all the characteristics of professional industrial systems:
- 6 working positions
- Pallet identification
- Valve terminal technology
- AS-i fieldbus technology
- PLC control cabinet
- S7-300 PLC controller
- Frequency converter
- AC drive motors
- I/O port for station
- Dimensions: 3000 x 500 mm
- Transport height/track width: 788 mm/40 mm
Indispensable and technically challenging from a logistical point of view – automated warehouses facilitate flexible logistical concepts and short delivery times. The HRL20 offers all the functions of a full-size warehouse in a smaller format:
- Shelf with 5 x 4 locations
- Precision storage and retrieval robot – linear, X/Y/Z (DC/pn/DC)
- Positioning controller
- Gripper for workpieces
- S7-300 PLC controller
- Control panel
- Teach-in positions
- Interface to the conveyor system
- Dimensions (LxWxH): 700 x 900 x 1800 mm
The Vision system
Camera systems are ideal for use in production and quality assurance thanks to their versatility and reliability. The universally successful industrial system DVT is integrated in the MPS® 500-FMS system:
- Intelligent compact camera
- CMOS (colour on request)
- Resolution 640 x 480 pixels
- Incident light and transmitted light
- Computer link
- Evaluation software for PC
10 stations – learn the basics in small groups
MPS® 500-FMS provides up to 10 individual stations for working in small groups of students – providing invaluable benefits for the practical side of training. Each station focuses on something different and offers various levels of complexity. The stations can be gradually brought together once the station-specific training aims have been achieved.
Networked system operation – communication is key
Modern production systems are of modular design, with the modules or subsystems featuring powerful communication interfaces. The MPS® 500-FMS uses interfaces such as the I/O coupling, fieldbus and Ethernet similar to those used in typical practical applications.
From the sensor to the web: The optional software packages are an easy way of practicing displaying system data on the Internet.
The tools of the trade – simulation for robots and systems
The use of simulation tools for programming systems and analysing system behaviour before or during construction saves time and money. The electrical, mechanical and physical behaviour of the models is the same as that of actual stations and is programmed using the same programming languages (MELFA BASIC and STEP 7). This enables the students to work safely on virtual systems before the tested programs are tried out on the actual system.