Flexible and compact
An important criterion for bdtronic when selecting handling systems for dispensing is an interpolated actuator control system which allows travel along radii and thus flexible contours. This is the only way to define precise dispensing points, create intricate patterns and fully encapsulate components of different shapes. The new desktop application with a Festo controller CECC-X with SoftMotion functionality fulfilled this need. A key role was played by the programming language CODESYS, with which the bdtronic software engineers had already been working for many years. Since the CECC-X can be integrated via CODESYS, it could be added to the company’s component family in no time at all. A further important criterion is easy reading-in and fast processing of CAD data.
With its compact dimensions, the controller is a perfect match for the planar surface gantry EXCM-30, which offers many functionalities for payloads of up to 3 kg. The gantry provides maximum working space coverage. And it can travel to any required position within the working space.
Festo has designed its compact handling systems as a kit with perfectly-matched standard components. The bdtronic mini-dis uses a planar surface gantry EXCM-30 with additional Z-axis EGSK as a kinematic mechanism including the controller CECC-X. It also includes a comprehensive software package for simple programming and commissioning, which is an integral part of the Festo complete solution. Having a large number of functions available in a very small space avoids the problems of both under- and over-dimensioning. The controller software, based on CODESYS, offers the most important basic functions that are needed to program travel paths even without an in-depth knowledge of programming. The controller interfaces allow the compact USB cameras, sensors, actuators and valves all to be connected. All of this results in great efficiency and saves considerable amounts of time and money.