- July 10, 2019
- Beckhoff Automation
July 9, 2019 – Beckhoff Automation will launch the eXtended Transport System (XTS) into the U.S. market at Pack Expo 2019 in Las Vegas. Visitors to booth LS-6149 in the Las Vegas Convention Center’s lower south hall will also experience the North American debut of TwinCAT Vision software, which introduced system-integrated vision technology for packaging machines. Beckhoff will showcase a lineup of updated automation hardware, software and gigabit communication via EtherCAT G for packaging machinery during the trade show, which runs September 23 – 25, 2019, and is expected to draw 30,000 attendees.
Now available in the U.S., XTS combines rotary and linear drive principles into a linear transport system that provides paradigm-shifting capabilities for packaging machines and smart factories. The mechatronic solution enables intelligent material flow, real-time robotics integration and self-reconfiguration based on lot, recipe or other product specifications.Customizable and durable motor modules, mechanical guide rails and wireless movers integrate the necessary power electronics, EtherCAT communication and position measurement.
XTS movers can be controlled with dynamics at velocities reaching 4 m/s and acceleration exceeding 100 m/s2. Modular linear motors and rails can create circles, clothoids and S-curves as well as straight, open segments.Supporting installation horizontally, vertically or at angles, tracks can be combined to manipulate or transport parts with multiple movers. Flexible mass production down to lot size 1 is possible through XTS along with EtherCAT networking, PC-based control hardware and TwinCAT 3 automation software from Beckhoff.
Beckhoff will also showcase TwinCAT Vision software, which adds comprehensive image processing into the range of machine control programming and runtime in TwinCAT 3. TwinCAT Vision works to simplify design of these functions; it enables users to harness GigE Cameras on diverse machines and lines without requirements for separate, third-party vision systems or programming by outside experts.
The universal TwinCAT engineering environment and runtime permit vision system programming and implementation using languages that controls engineers are familiar with, such as those standardized in IEC 61131-3. With a fully integrated vision solution, TwinCAT offers an end-to-end software platform complete with PLC, motion control, robotics, high-end measurement technology, HMI, IoT and machine learning.