TwinCAT 3 is the new PC-based control software, with which the standard automation world is extended considerably. In addition to the object-oriented IEC 61131-3 extensions, the languages of the IT world are available with C and C++. The integration of Matlab®/Simulink® enables the application in scientific fields. The modules are executable in the different languages in a common runtime under hard real-time conditions, using multi-core technology and with 32- or 64-bit operating systems.
Due to the modular structure of the extended runtime and the predefined interfaces, TwinCAT 3 offers the possibility to instance the different controllers of the units of a woodworking line together on the machine’s central control hardware. These can be created independently of one another and in different programming languages.
TwinSAFE – the scalable safety solution
TwinCAT 3 also contains a new engineering concept for safety applications, which increases flexibility through the free choice of programming language: in addition to the familiar function block diagram language (FBD), programming can also be accomplished in the high-level language C.
TwinSAFE from Beckhoff is a safety solution with scalable software and hardware components. In addition to the familiar safety logic terminals for Beckhoff I/O systems, the TwinCAT Safety PLC also offers a pure software solution.
The servo drive in the EtherCAT Terminal
A further highlight at Ligna is the servo terminal for the Beckhoff EtherCAT Terminal system. The EL7201 integrates a complete servo drive for motors up to 200 W in a standard terminal housing. The new AM3100 servomotor series is optimised for the use of the servo terminal in a power range from 50 to 130 W. With the servo terminal, the range of Beckhoff servo drives becomes even more finely scalable: from the miniature servo drive to the AX5000 EtherCAT drive series with up to 120 KW.
Every step in the woodworking process can be controlled using PC-based control technology from Beckhoff. Functions such as “flying saw”, “cam plates” and CNC as well as industry-specific solutions such as “drill optimisation” are either integrated in the TwinCAT control software or available as additional software modules.