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NIWeek 2017

NI Week


Seamless automation: Intelligent motion technology from Rexroth for LabVIEW applications

Do you use National Instruments LabVIEW for your measuring and testing machines? Then we've got good news for you: We can save you hours of time and trouble in the configuration, procurement, commissioning and programming of your motion technology.

In addition to LabVIEW's ability to access the IndraMotion MLC control functions via Open Core Engineering - a revolutionary concept first unveiled three years ago - the two companies are now unveiling a new solution that merges the measuring and testing technology with servo-drive technology: the IndraDrive servo-drives can now be conveniently incorporated into LabVIEW and controlled using National Instruments’ CompactRIO as a master control system. The commissioning of the servo-drives is then carried out using the EasyWizard in just 3 minutes - it really couldn't be easier!

Experience this jointly-developed solution at the 23rd annual NIWeek conference presented by National Instruments:

NIWeek 2017: May 22-25, Booth 210, Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas



  • SoftMotion for IndraDrive

    Real-time motion control using the cRIO

    IndraDrive Kits

    Working together, Bosch Rexroth and National Instruments have perfectly coordinated Labview and the IndraDrive servo-drives, with CompactRIO as the master. Even better: We've put together complete drive packages for you. Simply connect the IndraDrive via "CAN over EtherCat" (CoE), download and install the "SoftMotion Drive Interface" (SDI) plug-in directly from the LabVIEW development environment – and you're done! The motor data are automatically transferred to the drive control unit via plug-and-play.

    The commissioning of the IndraDrive axes takes less than three minutes, after which you can start programming directly in LabVIEW. Simply specify the required torque in a range and we will supply the appropriate kit. By the way: We can supply customized drive solutions for torques up to 631 Nm and power ranges up to 4MW – which can also be programmed directly in LabVIEW.

    Your benefits:

    • Fully coordinated drive packages with drive control units, firmware, and motors
    • "CAN over EtherCat" (CoE) to CompactRIO interface
    • Commissioning in just three minutes
    • Scalable servo-drive power ranges from 50 watts to 4 megawatts

  • Convenient and Secure

    Commissioning in only three minutes

    Convenient and Secure

    No more looking for motor data and manually typing it in: IndraDrive automatically recognizes the Rexroth motors via the electronic nameplate and automatically parameterizes the motor data and encoder data. For the initial commissioning of the IndraDrive drives, all that's needed is to enter a few application-specific values – it takes no more than three minutes. Then transfer all the application-specific data by simply re-plugging the operating panel for convenient and secure serial commissioning.

    Use the IndraDrive Safety on Board option. This simplifies standardized safety circuits by using certified safety functions. Choose the "safe torque off" (STO) and the "safe brake control" (SBC) options. These let the drives achieve Cat 4 PL e in accordance with EN ISO 13849-1 and SIL 3 in accordance with EN 62061.

    Your benefits:

    • EasyWizard commissioning assistant
    • Motors with electronic nameplate
    • Certified safe torque off (STO) and safe brake control (SBC)
    • Cat 4 PL e (EN ISO 13849-1) and SIL 3 (EN 62061)

  • IndraMotion MLC for LabVIEW

    Coordinated motion and robotics with the Rexroth MLC Control

    IndraMotion MLC for LabVIEW

    Bosch Rexroth makes it easier to create complex multi-axis applications in LabVIEW with the IndraMotion MLC motion logic system. Here, the programming of movements is also performed solely via LabVIEW – without a single line of PLC code.

    All of this is enabled by Open Core Engineering. This award-winning solution makes it possible to seamlessly integrate all drive and control functionalities into the LabVIEW environment. This helps to increase the efficiency and accelerates the implementation of individually projected testing and measuring machines. A specific library, which can be imported into LabVIEW, enables engineers to directly access the control functionalities of IndraMotion MLC systems. It provides the LabVIEW programmer with more than 550 virtual instruments in his familiar software environment.

    The Open Core Interface library gives the LabVIEW program direct access to the motion kernel commands on the MLC, without the need for PLC code. This allows commands to be sent to the motion control on the MLC directly and then the MLC closes the control loops on the control system according to those commands, providing high precision movement for LabVIEW applications. Instead of commanding the individual servos positions on a robot kinematic, as an example, LabVIEW sends the XYZ coordinates of the tool path and the MLC resolves the position internally.

  • Coming Soon

    Coming Soon

    Coming Soon

    The Open Core Interface for Drives library for LabVIEW is available now on the Open Core Engineering Engineering Network. Similar to the SoftMotion solution for the IndraDrive, this is a non-real-time drive control library for simpler applications, communicating over a standard TCP/IP connection. Will we be introducing it on the NI Tools Network soon!

    Engineering Network

    Experience Industry 4.0 – Bosch Rexroth

    - Rexroth is participating in a joint effort with NI to develop TSN (Time Sensitive Networks)

    NI's press release

    TestBed Website

    Control Design Article