Daily life without plastic products is no longer conceivable and demand continues to rise. Even the ongoing discussions about resource conservation and sustainability have not initiated a U-turn here, with plastics processing continuing to gain in importance globally. However, demands for the sustainable production of plastics and a circular economy are increasingly becoming drivers of innovative technologies and processes in the plastics industry.
The requirements for plastics machines with regard to high product quality and productivity, but at the same time with reduced resource consumption and high energy efficiency, are optimally met with innovative control technology from Beckhoff: whether in the use of high-precision drive technology for production of very thin films or in the minimization of material consumption by means of ultra-precise switching over to holding pressure during injection.
Beckhoff’s open PC-based control technology offers comprehensive system solutions in various performance classes for all areas of plastics machine automation. The basic principle is based on a powerful Industrial PC, a high-performance fieldbus connection with the connected peripheral devices for sensors and actuators, dynamic drive components, and the software for engineering and real-time control. The TwinCAT automation software, the “brain” of the machine, bundles all necessary functionalities such as PLC, motion control, robotics, measurement technology, image processing, communication, IoT functions, and the HMI operating software into a single package. The range of applications in PC-based control technology extends from injection molding, blow molding, extrusion technology, and additive manufacturing to the integration of handling, production cells, and post-processing. Since all control functions are replicated in software, even complex application requirements can be implemented with little engineering effort.