At the heart of this end-to-end solution is a Simatic S7-1200 Central Processing Unit (CPU) for controlling the machine and ensuring individually adjustable and freely programmable welding, clenching and flashing processes. The drive is via a single-axis Sinamics S110 converter and a Simotics S-1FK7 servomotor with pre-mounted gearbox. Comfortable operation is provided by a Simatic KTP700 Basic key/touch panel.
This new, end-to-end solution provides a further benefit in addition to high operator comfort and efficiency. It facilitates Ideal’s new, patented combination of mechanics and automation, which in turn permits a high degree of flexibility. Instead of using a rigid, mechanical cam disk for the carriage movement, the new solution provides a linear, servomotor-driven cam disk. A Simatic unit also supports interrupt modules which allow precisely timed asynchronous processes to be initiated in addition to the standard control process. The user is therefore able to respond quickly to process requirements as they change. The engineering of the entire solution is completed in the TIA (Totally Integrated Automation) Portal engineering framework.
The Siemens solution ensures both a constantly high quality for each individual welded seam, even under high stresses, and flexible control and monitoring of the carriage movement and annealing process. All automation components are easily and efficiently engineered, parameterized, linked and programmed and can be connected to the controller via an Ethernet interface.