Mechatronics Simplifies The System

- Nov 21, 2018-

Mechatronics simplifies the system

Industry 4.0 benefits from a multidisciplinary and mechatronics technology to reduce the complexity of the constantly converged information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT). By simplifying design, commissioning and operation, mechatronics engineering can develop better machines. By allowing machine builders to commission, program and connect equipment, the machine's self-optimizing, well-selected advanced motors and frequency converter systems make manufacturing and supply chain automation more flexible, faster and more efficient.

For example, frequency converters with advanced features can support the latest and traditional machine connections. Based on parametric programming technology and the manufacture of intelligent motor drive technology, it can accelerate the various stages of machine motion programming from concept to deployment. Parametric programming makes it easier to debug than traditional programming. Bringing the smart drive online no longer requires special training. The same principle applies to the parameterization of the frequency converter during commissioning. In some cases, only Wi-Fi and pluggable memory modules are required to copy and debug the required parameters in less than a minute.

Reduce the number of variables and simplify machine and motion control. The integration of electronic components and software into the drive mechanism creates an integrated unit that, when combined with intelligent software, can operate at constant torque shifts for a wide range of applications. By adjusting unnecessary and different inverter system variables, the motor rotation speed can be adjusted freely and can be remotely controlled via mobile devices.

Smart motors can now combine the traditional field of speed-controlled drive technology with Industry 4.0 to provide mobile users with optimal remote access to motor control by combining the simplicity of line-driven motors with the advantages of electronically driven control units. Efficient modular drive solutions that combine motor and gearbox with variable motor speed often achieve the same or better performance as motors and drives.

The machine software has also been modularized. Application templates are practical engineering tools that make precise and complex motion control easier to understand and easier to understand. Modular software templates make it easier to implement parametric drivers. Whether it is a centralized, controller-based system or a distributed, drive-based platform, modular control systems can use automation topologies based on EtherCAT, PLCopen and other industry standards.

More and more Internet Protocol (IP), Transmission Control Protocol (TCP/IP), and open system architectures are moving into the industrial arena, and some applications in new devices even exceed dedicated fieldbus networks. Motor-driven connections provide different forms of wireless and fieldbus communication, including Ethernet, multiple input/output (I/O) interfaces, and plug-in options such as keyboard, USB or wireless local area network (LAN) modules. Available interface options simplify debugging, parameter settings, and connectivity. Wireless, I/O, and plug-and-play options make real-time data transfer to the network and cloud-based control and analysis possible.

Open standard programming gives the operator control over the process level and can also be used to integrate upstream and downstream drive control tasks using the same controller. The open standard environment adds network access points, which is a double-edged sword. Industrial connections and controls need to be evaluated to identify potential cyber risks and take appropriate precautions. It has internal control, PLC security detection system, and is equipped with a control platform for user rights management, which can support multi-layer network security protocols. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) network security framework provides specific implementation guidelines for the security control of industrial networks and IoT connectivity devices.

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