PI 046-15 Lohr am Main, 2015-11-16

Decentralized control intelligence for the machine

Control hardware IndraControl FM for cabinet-free automation

New control hardware IndraControl FM allows for cabinet-free automation concepts and IoT applications

The new control hardware IndraControl FM by Rexroth unites machine PLC, I/O and the Open Core Interface for Industry 4.0-capable applications. It was specifically designed for cabinet-free automation concepts. In protection category IP65, IndraControl FM unites a multitude of analog and digital I/O for direct connection of actuator and sensors in machines. Parallel to and independent from PLC programming, IoT (Internet of Things) applications can be implemented with the Linux-based options board, diverse high-level language programming options, and the Open Core Interface.

OEMs can reduce their delivery times through modularizing their concepts. They construct, assembly, and commission various machine modules simultaneously. Until now, central control cabinets have set practical limits. Rexroth overrides such limits with IndraControl FM. Similar to the drive family IndraDrive Mi, design engineers situate this control cabinet-free directly on or in the machine. Manufacturers can thus assemble intelligent modules decentrally, completely independent from each other, and commission them. By omitting wear parts like batteries and fans, the control unit is maintenance-free. The homogeneous integration into various automation structures is flexible via the integrated Multi-Ethernet communication interface.

Flexible programming, high processing performance

Programming takes place via a PLC based on CODESYS V3. The control also opens up extensive high-level language programming options for integration into Industry 4.0 concepts via the Open Core Interface. Users can write their individual application function via a multitude of development environments in order to access all control functions directly and independently from the PLC machine program from various external devices. Commissioning and programming occurs, as for all Rexroth control systems, via the engineering software IndraWorks.

The newly developed control hardware in protection category IP65 provides high processing performance and fast signal processing with a minimal PLC cycle time of 250 µs. With 36 analog and digital I/O modules as well as Modbus RTU for the direct activation of frequency converters, the control processes process signals directly in the machine and controls electric as well as hydraulic actuators. The direct connection of sensors and actuators as well as pre-fabricated hybrid cables for power supply and communication simplify installation.

Via an options board with a freely programmable Linux operating system and an integrated web server, users can expand IndraControl FM with IoT applications. For example, they program web-based services in IT languages like Java or C++ and integrate them into service-oriented architectures via the control’s Java Virtual Machine. Access to the options board is possible via Ethernet as well as SD removable disk, USB interface, or optional WLAN connection.

Economical, precise, safe, and energy efficient: drive and control technology from Bosch Rexroth moves machines and systems of any size. The company bundles global application experience in the market segments of Mobile Applications, Machinery Applications and Engineering, Factory Automation, and Renewable Energies to develop innovative components as well as tailored system solutions and services. Bosch Rexroth offers its customers hydraulics, electric drives and controls, gear technology, and linear motion and assembly technology all from one source. With locations in over 80 countries, the company generated sales of 5.6 billion euros in 2014, according to preliminary figures.

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. The company employs roughly 360,000 associates worldwide (as per April 1, 2015), and generated sales of 48.9 billion euros in 2014, according to preliminary figures.* Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including its sales and service partners, Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2014, Bosch applied for some 4,600 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to create solutions for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

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