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IMTS 2012: Integrated Axis Controls simplify automation

IMTS 2012: Integrated Axis Controls simplify automation

Integrated axis control simplifies automation processes through open interfaces to the widespread Ethernet-based real-time protocols Sercos III, EtherCAT and VARAN.

With the new Integrated Axis Controller, Rexroth presents another addition to its finely scalable automation kit. The 1-axis motion control simplifies automation processes through open interfaces to the wide-spread Ethernet-based real-time protocols Sercos III, EtherCAT and VARAN as well as integrated best-in-class hydraulic controllers. For the engineering, IndraWorks provides controller dialogues and parameter settings specifically tailored to hydraulic functions.

The decentralized assembly combines control electronics optimized for robust operation - including software, pressure sensors and a valve platform of NG 10 for a cabinet-free installation. It closes the control loop decentrally, thereby significantly reducing the amount of cabling work. Through the multi-Ethernet connection, the motion controls perform the high-precision real-time controlling of dynamic motion tasks while ensuring utmost transparency and consistent data flow. They support both open-loop and closed-loop operation.

Rexroth has widely integrated its extensive application know-how on electrohydraulic controllers in machine tools, presses, plastics, wood and paper machines as well as other applications into the upgraded software. Best-in-class controllers for position, pQ, pressure, differential pressure and volume flow speed up the realization of hydraulic functions. Optimized algorithms and characteristic diagrams allow for a high degree of freedom and flexibility in adapting the functions to new applications. For design, start-up, parameter setting and diagnosis, Rexroth offers the IndraWorks engineering environment which provides consistent software tools and a homogenous structure, thereby simplifying the overall engineering process across all drive and control technologies.

With the pQ controller, pressure, differential pressure and flow are controlled through open-loop and closed-loop control algorithms. With the help of integrated pressure sensors, the user can measure differential pressure and set up real-time flow control without additional pressure compensators and external machine sensors. For axis control, the decentralized electronics unit evaluates the readings from up to two analog sensors and an absolute position measuring system SSI. The ability to process both digital and analog signals increases the control’s flexibility. The new variant complements the functions of Rexroth's proven IAC-P and IAC-R series which communicate with the higher-level control system via the field bus connection to PROFIBUS and CANBus.

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Bosch Rexroth AG is one of the world’s leading specialists in the field of drive and control technologies. Under the Rexroth brand name, the company supplies more than 500,000 customers with tailored solutions for driving, controlling, and moving. Bosch Rexroth is a partner for Mobile Applications, Machinery Applications and Engineering, Factory Automation and Renewable Energies. The company provides customized solutions tailored to the needs and specifications of each individual market. As The Drive & Control Company, Bosch Rexroth develops, produces, and sells components and systems in over 80 countries. As part of the Bosch Group, Bosch Rexroth and its 38,400 associates generated approximately 6.4 billion euros ($8.9 billion) in revenue in 2011.

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In the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the Bosch Group manufactures and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket products, industrial drives and control technology, power tools, security and communication systems, packaging technology, thermotechnology, household appliances, solar energy, healthcare telemedicine and software innovations. Having established a regional presence in 1906, Bosch employs over 22,500 associates in more than 100 locations, with sales of $9.8 billion in fiscal year 2011, per preliminary figures. For more information, visit .

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. According to preliminary figures, more than 300,000 associates generated sales of 51.4 billion euros ($71.5 billion) in the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology in fiscal year 2011. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 350 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. Bosch spent more than 4 billion euros ($5.5 billion) for research and development in 2011, and applied for over 4,100 patents worldwide. With all its products and services, Bosch enhances the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. Further information is available online at and .


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