Servo technology has long become an integral part of industrial production lines. Servo drives with high precision and dynamics as well as compact motors with high power density are crucial for flexible, efficient production processes. Manufacturers in the container glass sector also became aware of the potential of servo technology some time ago. Today, their interest is mainly focused on the mechanisms of moulding processes. Yet how can this technology be harnessed in a way that lets production oriented users manufacture more efficiently?
futronic has now come up with a powerful answer - the newly designed FDU24S (Flexible Drive Unit). All the IS machine's synchronised servo drive axes plus any group of servo mechanisms for moulding containers are now combined under a single operator interface. The servo feeder, servo shear, servo gob distributor, machine conveyor belt, belt height adjuster, ware transfer, cross conveyor and servo stacker as well as the servo pusher, servo takeout and servo invert - to name but a few - are parameterised, monitored and optimised with just one control. The FDU24S can work as a standalone system, or it can interact with the futronic IS machine control family or with equipment from third-party suppliers.
Meaningful integration helps simplify production
The best results are achieved when the FDU24S teams up with the FMT24S. The drive and the IS machine control - the hardware and the software - are so closely interwoven that the operator perceives the machine as a closed system. All data is consolidated, managed and visualised on the control desk. Binary, analogue and servo valves can be freely combined and represented in standardised bar charts. Several new features that were previously no more than a vision have now become a reality. If a container moulding event is assigned to a servo mechanism, not only the theoretical switch points are displayed but also the actual behaviour of the mechanism in real time. For example, the mechanism can thus be correlated exactly with optimised start and stop points during the production process without ever leaving the workplace. Ramp offset, acceleration, deceleration and jerk limitation are further parameters that can be modified directly in the bar chart. Gob-moulding drive axes that require the close attention of the user (e.g. the servo plunger and the servo shear) can be optimised on site with the help of suitable remote control boxes.