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ATX West 2011: Rexroth EasyHandling automates handling tasks economically with up to 80 percent less engineering expenditure

ATX West 2011: Rexroth EasyHandling automates handling tasks economically with up to 80 percent less

EasyHandling makes it possible to automate handling tasks economically, with up to 80 percent less engineering efforts required.

(Hoffman Estates, IL – ) The Rexroth EasyHandling system solution is based on a three-level architecture, which includes the basic, comfort, and advanced versions. These cover all levels of automation – from mechatronic actuators, to intelligent axes, through to the preconfigured system solution – and enable efficient up and down scaling.

The EasyHandling basic version encompasses mechanical single- and multiple-axis systems, ready to install, with motors and pneumatics and spans all mechanical drive principles. Pneumatic actuators such as grippers and rotary modules, as well as sensors, are also available. A solution-oriented software selection tool shortens configuration and planning time.

Mechanical Parameters Already Defined

Preconfigured Rexroth servo drives expand the entire range of basic axes for the EasyHandling comfort level. Using newly developed hardware that supports several Ethernet protocols, servo drives realize communication with Rexroth IndraDrive Cs controllers via Sercos III Ethernet, PROFINET IO, EtherNet/IP, and EtherCat. It is also possible to outfit the drives with a PROFIBUS or other traditional communication interface. The EasyHandling comfort version thus combines ultra-high versatility with unsurpassed ease in commissioning.

Rexroth is the only manufacturer to offer an engineering tool in which electrical and mechanical data is already defined for each axis. The EasyHandling commissioning assistant recognizes the electronic nameplate of the Rexroth IndraDyn motor and links the data to the mechanical parameters after the serial number of the linear module is entered. This narrows down the scope of commissioning to specifying a few application-specific parameters and cuts the time otherwise required by up to 90 percent. EasyHandling also greatly simplifies design and assembly, since a form-fit connection method reduces the need to fabricate adapter components by up to 75 percent.

Adaptable Maintenance Instructions Extend Service Life

In the third version, EasyHandling advanced, Rexroth integrates a scalable, preconfigured motion-logic controller compliant with the IEC 61131-3 and PLC open standards in the handling systems. It replaces extensive programming with fast configuration thanks to predefined functions. The controller assumes the coordinated point-to-point motions and smoothing and optimized handling paths for Cartesian systems. The drive controller software provides the operator with maintenance instructions that correspond to the specific run times and travel paths based on the axis-specific mechanical data defined. This ensures that lubrication intervals are maintained, for example. The result is a much longer service life and reduced risk of mechanical failure.

Bosch Rexroth AG is one of the world’s leading specialists in the field of drive and control technologies. Under the brand name of Rexroth the company supplies more than 500,000 customers with tailored solutions for driving, controlling and moving. Bosch Rexroth is a partner for industrial applications and factory automation, mobile applications and renewable energy.

As The Drive & Control Company, Bosch Rexroth develops, produces and sells components and systems in more than 80 countries. In 2009 Bosch Rexroth, part of the Bosch Group, achieved sales of around $5.7 billion (4.1 billion Euro) with 34,200 employees.

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