Control system VCS1

Today, hardly any production line in the automotive industry can do without automated conveyor systems. Electric monorail systems, for example, are used to move and assemble the heavy car bodies more easily.

In order for the conveyor systems to perform their tasks with positional accuracy, a reliable drive control system is required. With the VCS1, VAHLE has developed a modular solution that can use various types of communication for signal transmission between the control unit and mobile applications. These include the half-wave or rail bus via conductor system as well as the in-house SMGM in the shielded slotted microwave guide.

The VCS1 offers a wide range of power levels up to 1.5 kilowatts. Thanks to a large number of different interfaces, the system can be flexibly adapted to almost any application. In addition, the drive controller offers numerous functions for positioning, distance control and communication.

Status and operating information is displayed via a two-line OLED display. Likewise, the EMS configurator program ensures complete monitoring of the system at all times.

Any faults and interference that occur are recorded, enabling rapid diagnosis and fault detection. For easy maintenance, the VCS1 also features a specially developed infrared remote control.

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.

Your Vision - Our Solution


  • Data transmission via busbar or slotted waveguide
  • Various power classes from 0.75 to 1.5 kilowatts
  • Modular design and compact dimensions
  • Predefined I/O interfaces for sensors on the vehicle
  • Seamless integration into VAHLE systems
  • Integrated OLED display for status indication
  • Infrared remote control for manual control
  • Extensive EMS configurator program


  VCS1 - Half-wave communication VCS1 - Rail bus VCS1 - SMGM
Technical data - Electrical
Operating voltage (VCS) 400-480 VAC 400-480 VAC 400-480 VAC
Auxiliary voltage (VCS) 24 VDC 24 VDC 24 VDC
Transmission speed - 125 kBit/s 48 MBit/s
Protection class IP54 IP54 IP54
Technical data - Mechanical
Max. travel speed see conductor rail system see conductor rail system see SMGM system
Max. suspension distance see conductor rail system see conductor rail system see SMGM System
Technical data - System
Transmission medium VAHLE conductor rail VAHLE conductor rail VAHLE slotted waveguide
Mobile collector Current collector with carbon Current collector with carbon Mobile coupler
Stationary side IC-HW-1K Module IC-PCB-2K Module SMGM-SI-2 Module
Mobile side Integrated in VCS Integrated in VCS BCC/SMGM Module
Transmission type - cyclic transparent
Frequency converter 0,75/1,10/1,5 kW* 0,75/1,10/1,5 kW* 0,75/1,10/1,5 kW*
Max. plant length unlimited unlimited unlimited
Max. segment length - 200 m see SMGM system
Max. participants per segment - 25 15
Operating conditions
Operating temperature 0°C to +40°C 0°C to +40°C 0°C to +40°C
Application Indoor systems Indoor systems Indoor systems

*other on request




  • Plant project planning and consulting
  • Installation planning
  • Installation and commissioning
  • Maintenance, repair and inspections
  • Modernization of existing plants (retrofit)
  • Direct repair service by VAHLE
  • Multi-level training possibilities
  • EFZ planning
  • Fault diagnosis