20 December 2018
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Speeding accurate machine set-up

The Elesa wireless spindle positioning system enables faster and more reliable machine set-up by use of a wireless connected profile controller.

This displays the initial set-up values on each of up to 36 electronic position indicators.

The operator can simply choose the appropriate menu, then quickly re-set each spindle to its correct start position and the machine is ‘good to go’. This saves time and takes out much of the possibility of human error.

Elesa DD52R-E-RF position indicators are networked to the UC-RF control unit by radio connection, thus enabling an easy and quick installation. Current and target positions are transmitted by RF to and from the control unit, facilitating rapid machine set-up.

The system consequently saves time during the format alignment process. Once the set-up profile has been called up by the PLC, the control unit UC-RF transmits the target position to each DD52R-E-RF position indicator. The current/target position is displayed on the LCD of the DD52R-E-RF. The operator manually sets the position of the spindles, following the arrow displayed on the LCD (clockwise/counter-clockwise rotation). Once all the spindles are correctly set, the UC-RF control unit communicates to the PLC of the machine that set-up has been completed – the system prevents the start of the machine until the set-up has been completed, for safety reasons and to prevent loss of production from incorrect settings.

The UC-RF controller can network with up to 36 position indicators and is compatible with PLC Interfaces: RS232, RS485, Ethernet/IP, Profibus and Modbus. The DD52R-E-RF (IP67) position indicator 6-digit display mode can be selected by the operator.

Author
Brian Wall

Related Websites

http://www.elesa.com

Related Companies

Elesa (UK) Ltd

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