Schneider Electric to focus on IIoT smart machines at Pack Expo 2017

Schneider Electric to focus on IIoT smart machines at Pack Expo 2017

September 25, 2017 – Schneider Electric, a specialist in energy management and automation, is showcasing its smart machine solutions for packaging at Pack Expo 2017, America’s largest packaging trade show, taking place this week in Las Vegas, Nevada. Schneider Electric’s smart machine solutions are built on its Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled open and interoperable EcoStruxure system architecture and platform that delivers Innovation At Every Level, from connected products via edge control to applications, analytics and services.

Schneider Electric’s PacDrive 3, a complete automation solution for motion centric machines, is now integrated into the company’s smart machine solutions, along with InduSoft Web Studio, the company’s human-machine interface (HMI) platform. The addition of these hardware and software technologies offer enhancements to Schneider Electric’s smart machines, providing end users with greater machine productivity, flexibility, efficiency and availability.

PacDrive 3, which is part of EcoStruxure Machine, is the company’s machine-centric automation architecture that enables machine builders to design safe, better connected, more flexible and more efficient machines through advanced digital technologies and open standards.

InduSoft, a Wonderware product, is a customizable HMI platform capable of allowing machine builders to offer solutions with operator interfaces, and the capability to share information via mobile devices and off-site. The solution enhances flexibility, offers integration with PLCs and expands remote access and monitoring capabilities for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and machine builders.

Based on standard servo drive technology, robotics are seamlessly integrated into IEC 61131-3 programmable control solutions, which are based on Schneider Electric’s PacDrive motion control technology. New features for existing kinematics, program integration by Smart Template and a pre-programmed and pre-configured program module which provides embedded visualization are suitable for product handling, as well as for robot-supported packaging processes and sorting tasks, up to end-of-line packaging. With the Delta 2 robots (PacDrive T3 and T5) and the Delta 3 robots (PacDrive P2, P4 and P6), Schneider Electric offers a comprehensive range of kinematics with varying workspaces and for different product weights. The Delta 3 kinematics can now be optionally equipped with a fifth axis: A servo drive at the Tool Center Point (TCP) performs turning / tipping movements, resulting in new degrees of freedom and application potential for the movement of the tool or product. 

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