With Beckhoff, machine manufacturers and end customers in the tire and rubber industry are opting for a high-performance and maximally scalable control platform that can be used throughout the entire production process. Scalable drive technology hardware in conjunction with the Beckhoff TwinCAT Motion Control software forms the ideal basis for machines used in material preparation and tire manufacturing. In conjunction with the TwinCAT software and robust IP67 modules, high-performance Industrial PCs in compact design are the basis for an optimized control solution for curing presses. With measuring terminals and the option of integrating C++ and MATLAB®/Simulink® into TwinCAT automation software, Beckhoff provides the components required for test bench automation. Vertical integration into the production environment and connection to MES systems is accomplished with PC-based control via Industrie 4.0 standards and does not require any additional proprietary interfaces.
Beckhoff has developed sound industry expertise and solution competence for the rubber and tire industries in long-standing, close cooperation with machine manufacturers and end customers. Our team of experts advises and supports you from the control design to the implementation and commissioning of your machine and is available on site worldwide for advice, technical support and service. Beckhoff also has a long track record of industry expertise in control cabinet construction for the tire and rubber industries. Our engineering department can manufacture control cabinets exactly to the end customer’s specifications and standards. This includes the components used and their arrangement in the control cabinet, air conditioning and ventilation, preparation of ECAD plans and test protocol.
System configurations for the various sectors of the tire and rubber industry
Example control architecture for material preparation and tire construction
Together with the software, industrial PCs and control panels form the control platform for the motion control system. Standard functions such as and the are available in TwinCAT especially for use in the preparation and assembly sector. Integrating condition monitoring and vision in TwinCAT means that external solutions for monitoring and image processing are no longer required.
Servo drive technology not only supports electronic motor rating plates for plug-and-play, but also safety technology. Drive parameterization and parameter storage are completely integrated in TwinCAT. The servomotors are connected cost-effectively via One Cable Technology, which combines power and feedback signals in a single standard motor cable. For adjustable axes with absolute encoders, the offer a compact solution for the I/O system.
Example control architecture for vulcanization
Robust and compact embedded PCs form the basis of the PC-based control system for vulcanization. The fast EtherCAT fieldbus and the EtherCAT Box modules with an IP67 protection rating for standard and safety signals, the EtherCAT Terminals for an , and high-precision, optionally calibrated temperature detection terminals constitute the ideal fieldbus platform for heating press control.
The basic software for hydraulic and mechanical vulcanizing presses and the help manufacturers bring products onto the market faster. The production data can be archived using built-in mass storage, standardized cloud protocols, and direct database connection from the PLC.
Example control architecture for conveyor technology and material handling
PC-based control with distributed EtherCAT I/O Terminals and EtherCAT Box modules from the series is ideally suited for use in conveyor systems for transporting tires from the machine to other processing stations. The EP7402 EtherCAT Box can be used to control roller conveyor systems. EtherCAT enables large systems with distances of up to 100 m between the individual I/O islands to be put into operation. The cable redundancy offered by EtherCAT ensures high system availability.
, such as those commonly found in conveyer systems, can easily be integrated into the central control system, thanks to the multi-fieldbus capability of the Beckhoff automation platform. Different hardware components such as scanners, RFID units, camera systems for product tracking, or even robotic systems are controlled via gateways and interfaces. The distributed safety system replaces the wire-based safety chain. The TwinSafe components read the safe signals from the system. The data transfer to the PC is performed via the Safety over EtherCAT protocol.
Example control architecture for final inspection and testing technology
PC-based control with integrated measurement technology is the optimal base for testing and inspection machines in tire production. High-performance industrial PCs, control panels with touch screen and mechanical push-button fields, with gateways to subordinate fieldbus systems, along with TwinCAT for controlling machine processes and motion control constitute the components of a lean, highly integrated control architecture.
Sequence control and measurement tasks are carried out with PC-based control on an integrated platform. The fast and highly accurate series measurement modules are used for demanding measurement tasks. The integration of the measurement technology into the control system offers the advantage of synchronous signal acquisition and full data access, which means that the whole range of process data and measurement signals are available to the control system at any time. In addition, a vision portfolio containing hardware and software is available for optical inspection. The integration of C/C++ and MATLAB®/Simulink® into the automation software opens up a wide range of applications in test and inspection machinery for final inspection.