Flexibility, short cycle times and optimum use of materials: these were the requirements for the new machine for producing credit card slots for wallets. Autec, a manufacturer of automation systems for shoes and leather goods factories in Pisa, Italy, developed the machine for a prestigious Italian brand. The ideal solution: the Festo Motion Terminal.
Autec needed an easily reconfigurable component for the new machine. The function and flow rate of the valves had to be easy to change, and also had to be remotely controllable – as with the app-controlled Motion Terminal.
The software and apps played a major role in the system implementation. They define the functions of the valves and make a crucial contribution to the flexibility of the machine. In addition, the app enables various tools and the operation of the machine to be controlled remotely. Ilario Barsacchi, Engineer and Project Manager at Autec, explains: “Reconfiguring the Festo Motion Terminal is now extremely fast. Instead of ordering, installing and reconfiguring additional proportional valves, all we have to do is activate an app.”
The Motion Terminal enables a fast change in the tool function from suction gripper head to gripper head with pin terminal as the valves can be used both as proportional valves and as control valves. The system is then just like a reprogrammable piece of hardware and the software content is adapted to the relevant application. A management software program was developed for this machine and used on a PLC. The entire process was very simple and did not cause any difficulties.
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