Bosch Rexroth’s IndraMotion MLC control system ready for Industry 4.0

Bosch Rexroth’s new IPC-based control hardware take the already impressive overall performance of the IndraMotion MLC control system to the next level. It connects motion, robotics and logic control with individual high-level language programming, opening up new possibilities for engineering Industry 4.0-capable solutions.

Bosch Rexroth now offers three powerful device families with one consistent system design, each capable of processing data in reduced time while also adjusting flexibly to changing framework conditions. They are finely scaled to cover various levels of complexity in automation.

The new embedded IndraControl XM2 delivers higher processor performance and new modular expansion options for more automation flexibility. It can be combined with IndraControl S20 I/O modules. Local integration of peripherals ensures high-performance, synchronous I/O real time data processing. The combination of hydraulic and electrical tasks is possible on all device platforms of IndraMotion MLC. Best-in-class controllers for hydraulic drive tasks standardise the commissioning and operation of electrical and hydraulic axes.

The new IndraControl L75, based on state-of-the-art processor technology provides additional solutions for high-performance control applications. Up to 99 axes can be controlled in hard real time with the additional IPC control platform IndraControl VPB40.3, using powerful software tools for visualisation, real-time data processing, analysis or reporting.

Open for automation standards and IT world

The new controls support Ethernet-based M2M communication based on OPC UA and Sercos as well as all other common real-time Ethernet protocols. With an expansion of the OPC UA information model, IndraMotion MLC improves the exchange of data between automation components of various manufacturers and offers transparent access to all higher system functions.

OEMs can use the Open Core Interface to directly access control functions in a range of high-level IT languages and implement individual functions independently. This direct function access to all control elements allows the integration of smart devices; IT automation applications; and the virtual commissioning of control units without real machines. OEMs can thus program, commission and optimise their machine controls parallel and even prior to assembly of the real machine, significantly reducing development time for new concepts.

In addition to the previous broad range of IT operating systems, development environments and programming languages, the newest version also includes the easy programming of sequential command chains with the lean and compact script language Lua.

Automating recurring engineering tasks

The IndraWorks engineering environment accelerates PLC-based engineering. The powerful script interface “Automation Interface”, for example, automates recurring engineering tasks, which previously had to be performed manually. With the ECAD data interface, control cabinet planning for programming and documentation – which previously had to be entered manually a number of times – can be omitted during construction, at the control cabinet builder, and then during commissioning. IndraWorks continues to utilise the circuit diagram data, which are created one single time in EPLAN Electric P8, directly in PLC engineering.

All Bosch Rexroth electric drives, controls and control systems are distributed and supported by Tectra Automation.

IndraMotion MLC: Performance-increased hardware platform in a consistent system design increases information sharing in highly networked production facilities.

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