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Southern Manufacturing & Electronics

Farnborough, Hants(GU14 6XL)

11/02/2020 - 13/02/2020

Southern Manufacturing and Electronics is the most comprehensive annual industrial exhibition in the (more)

Industry 4.0 Summit

Manchester Central Convention Complex(M2 3GX)

31/03/2020 - 01/04/2020

The UK’s leading conference gathering of senior level executives from the UK manufacturing industry (more)

UKIVA Machine Vision Conference 2020

Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes(MK1 1ST)


Vision solutions have been applied in almost any industry you can think of. Food, beverage, pharmaceutical, (more)

PPMA Show 2020

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

29/09/2020 - 01/10/2020

PPMA Show 2020 is the UK’s largest ever event dedicated to state-of-the-art processing and packaging (more)

Advanced Engineering 2020

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

04/11/2020 - 05/11/2020

The UK's largest annual advanced manufacturing trade show, Advanced Engineering is your opportunity to (more)

One stop shop for robotics and motion

One stop shop for robotics and motion

Schneider Electric has launched, in the UK, a family of PacDrive-based robots as part of an end-to-end solution for production optimisation. The company asserts that until now automated production lines have used a combination of mechatronic solutions – discrete and synchronised motion control, delta, scara and 6 axis robots – and that generally, each individual mechatronic element has its own controller, PLC or safety system.

These are linked through the production process with a combination of hardwired signals, splitters, fieldbuses, Industrial Ethernet and gateways, and this introduces delays in intercommunication, resulting in a lack of synchronism that is not conducive to the high-performance demands of a modern production line.

In addition, remote connectivity for diagnostics and control, integration to MRP and plant supervisory systems becomes a cumbersome, costly process with many different interfaces and programming environments.

Schneider-Electric’s PacDrive 3 control and complementary delta robotics solution provides a totally integrated and coordinated solution for the production process. One controller to control multiple Schneider delta robots, scara robots, screte/synchronised motion control and third party 6-axis robots. This enables optimum synchronised control of the line from one central point, integrated safety, simplification of the machine topology and one point of access with a single programming environment. This optimises the production process and connectivity required for modern Industry 4.0 ready machines.

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