As motion control advances accelerate, controls engineers and plant operations managers need motor and drive technologies that provide greater functionality using less space. Embedding linear transport technologies, such as the eXtended Transport System (XTS) from Beckhoff Automation, directly into machines creates a clear path to eliminate enclosures, reduce machine footprint and readily integrate robotics. These dynamic mechatronic systems offer the flexibility and scalability that systems in many industries require, such as for complex assembly lines, material handling and distribution, packaging machines, high-throughput filling lines and more.
Although linear transport systems are becoming far more integrated with machines, other emerging technologies can boost performance, increase uptime and speed up changeovers. These include new servomotor and drive systems, high-powered Industrial PCs, gigabit communication via EtherCAT G and one-cable automation via EtherCAT P. This presentation will explore how to use these technologies to reduce maintenance effort and increase overall efficiency in motion control and mechanical engineering.