New challenges in motion control
In the field of automation and robotics, advances in connectivity technology have driven the need for machine-based, machine-to-machine (M2M), and machine-to-network (M2N) technologies. The development of mechatronics machines has promoted the implementation of Industry 4.0. Interconnected motor-driven automation and control-based production lines and applications drive the application of critical equipment monitoring and asset management strategies to further improve performance, increase uptime, and extend the life of automation equipment and robots.
Cloud-based applications enable the execution of complex control functions, data aggregation, monitoring, and diagnostics of mechanical equipment that previously could only be accessed at the factory and enterprise levels.
The new supply chain model and shorter production cycle requirements require some flexibility in order to reduce the integration of machine development time and turnkey systems. As industrial processes become more interconnected, machine builders and operators need greater flexibility and shorter lead times to design and debug smart machines.
Understanding the role of mechatronics motion control is critical to the successful implementation of the Industry 4.0 project. In manufacturing, packaging, logistics, and material handling, automation and digital technologies must meet multiple goals in terms of operational efficiency and performance scalability.
A distributed drive solution with high efficiency gearboxes and intelligent motors ensures greater productivity and reliability in different applications.
Management complexity is at the heart of mechatronics machine design, and implementing IoT plans requires a lot of complex engineering functions. Efficient manufacturing and assembly begins with efficient motion control. Motion is transmitted one by one through drive shafts, gears and motors, frequency converters or servo drives. Automation is a double-edged sword—increasing productivity while increasing system complexity, such as motion planning, control systems, and integration with the network—whether it’s an Internet-based or cloud-based platform—becomes more complex.
To complicate matters, most plants operate with older systems that may run online for more than a decade or more. Motor drives, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), and other older devices must evaluate the compatibility of their communication protocols with the latest IoT technology communications.