As a subsystem, the modular SeGMo-Box relieves the communication network of the machine and optimises the flow of data, while the CPU module, as the node, handles communication with the machine control system (PLC). The configurable Ethernet-based real-time interface supports communication profiles such as PROFINET, EtherCAT, POWERLINK, EtherNet/IP and Modbus/TCP. The proven function blocks (FBs) of the existing PowerDRIVE-Box are used to integrate the system into the machine controller. The FBs generate the traversing tasks needed in order to control the drives and forward status data such as motor current, absolute position, device temperature and thresholds to the PLC. Analysis of this device data assists in the preventative maintenance of the machine, for instance.
The CPU module can also exchange data by means of a USB port or web browser. This allows parameter sets to be written to the CPU and status data to be read and processed directly.
In the future the range of functions of the modular SeGMo-Box can be extended via optional software add-on packages.