The use of motion control and individual drives makes for flexible and modular machines and plants. Eckelmann provides automation for innovative machine tools and production machines.

Motion control

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Eckelmann AG offers motion control solutions for machines and production plants. Eckelmann has extensive expertise in the central disciplines involved in motion control applications: automation, drive technology, fast control technology and real-time systems. Since it also has applications experience in numerous sectors, Eckelmann is the ideal innovation partner for mechanical and plant engineering.

These are the advantages of motion control solutions:

  • Improved plant flexibility
  • Modular machine concepts
  • Higher machine performance
  • Shorter changeover times
  • Simplified optimising options

Independence in Motion

Reel changer in a printing machine
Reel changer in a printing machine

Eckelmann AG uses its experience with numerous control systems from different manufacturers for the development of application-specific hardware bases. In order to optimally meet the requirements of each case, Eckelmann’s engineers select the best system:

  • E•ProBAS on PCs and VMEbus
  • Simatic S7 SPS with function module FM 458
  • Simotion controller
  • Industrial PC

Eckelmann is involved in several committees of the international organisation for standardisation PLCopen®, particularly in the fields of motion control and motion control for hydraulic systems.

Motion control applications from Eckelmann

  • Machines for winding and unwinding
  • Tube rolling mill with 96 drives, connected via Profibus, control cycle time: 2.5 ms
  • Converting machine for printing on kitchen paper
  • Sheet feeder control for printing machines
  • Cross cutters and reel slitters
  • Calender control for plastic film production
  • Multi-axis drills
  • Various coiler controls

Background: new concepts in mechanical engineering

In motion control, mechanical drive and control components are replaced with electronic ones. Mechanical couplings are substituted by intelligent, peripheral drive units that are networked with one another. Quick data exchange in the drive network admits of high-precision, electronically controlled synchronisation of individual drives.

The motion control concept has made machine construction a good deal simpler and more flexible. Since machines with a modular design can be developed and adapted to new requirements more easily, this development pays off, amongst other things, in view of ever shorter innovation cycles (a tendency which is also making itself felt in mechanical engineering). Compared with extravagant mechanical drive solutions, motion control not only offers greater freedom in the engineering of innovative machines, but also reduces production costs and expenditure of time.

Armin Seyffer