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IPC automation delivers user-friendly interface

IPC automation delivers user-friendly interface Bosch packaging technology adopted a back to basics approach in establishing its control requirements for a range of capsule filling machines used in the pharmaceutical and neutraceutical industries. The company looked in particular at what the operators would be doing, and this user orientated process resulted in a new interface and control system for the GKF 701 capsule fillers. To meet the needs of this system, Lenze Digitec PCMatic automation solution was chosen. The GKF 701 is the smallest of a range of capsule fillers. Up to 700 hard gelatine or gelatine free capsules per minute can be produced, each filled with powders, pellets or tablets. The hardware supply by Digitec is based around an embedded IPC with a 6.4in resistive touch screen. The IPC runs Digitec's PCMatic Automation suite which is real-time capable, robust (because it avoids hard disk drives or cooling fans) and which uses powerful Intel Celeron processors. The PCMatic automation solution is an open automation system based on a panel PC including visualisation, Soft PLC and motion controlled components. It operates on Windows-CE 4.2 software, whose hard real-time capability ensures an even, deterministic computational time distribution between visualisation and control. The pulse width between the two can be finely regulated in 1ms steps. The Soft PLC component of PCMatic is supplied in IEC-61131-3 and Bosch Packaging Technology uses it with the CoDeSys runtime and development environment, the leading hardware independent programming system under Windows for creating controller applications.

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