Today, hardly any production line in the automotive industry can do without automated conveyor systems. Electric monorail systems are proven and established transport systems for material flow in production, manufacturing and assembly and are therefore predestined for use in intralogistics.
In order for the conveyor systems to perform their tasks with positional accuracy, a reliable control system is required. The VAHLE VCS1 control system covers all requirements for use in connecting conveyor technology. For data transmission between the stationary and mobile sides, various communication types are available, such as half-wave communication, rail bus, as well as the VAHLE SMGM slotted waveguide system for Ethernet-based fieldbuses such as PROFINET.
Available up to a power class of 1.5 kW and a variety of different interfaces, the control system can be used in almost any application. In addition, numerous functions for positioning, distance control and communication are available.
By means of the available function libraries, the controls can be easily integrated into the plant PLC for easy-to-implement process and diagnostic data communication.
The drive parameters are set using VAHLE configuration software, which was developed in-house and is easy to use. All drive parameters and the respective vehicle number are stored on a data plug that is easily accessible from the outside. In the event of servicing, this enables the unit to be replaced quickly without the otherwise necessary parameterization of the control system.
Status and operating information can be easily displayed on the integrated two-line OLED display. For setup operation as well as simple diagnostic tasks, the control features a specially developed infrared remote control.
Additional components such as curve block controls for maintaining the safety distance when traveling through a curve or separation block controls for travel zone separation or for avoiding voltage carry-over at separation points of conductor-fed conveyors are also available.
Combined with the modules for energy supply (vPOWER), positioning (vPOS) and data transmission (vCOM), the VCS1 control system is also available as a system solution.
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