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POWERLINK synchronizes tripod robot with a mixed drive system from B&R, KEB and YASKAWA

(PresseBox) (Eggelsberg, ) Tripod robots are mainly used for fast pick & place applications. The high de-mands on dynamics and accuracy call for fast and precise synchronization of the three built-in servo drives.

A tripod robot equipped with servo motors and drives from three different manufacturers was showcased by the Ethernet Powerlink Standardization Group EPSG at the Nuremberg SPS/IPC/Drives 2011 trade fair. Connecting the drives supplied by KEB, Yaskawa and B&R using POWERLINK guarantees the real-time synchronization and improved dynamic properties that are essential for the high level of accuracy that is required.

"This multi-vendor tripod robot highlights POWERLINK's excellent dynamic capabilities and complete freedom of integration," says EPSG director, Stefan Schönegger, "Just use POWERLINK and vendor independence is ensured, broadening the choice of components for even the most challenging applica-tions."

Bernecker + Rainer Industrie Elektronik Ges.m.b.H.

The Ethernet Powerlink Standardization Group (EPSG) is an independent organization founded in 2003 by leading companies from the drive and automation industry. Its aims are the standardization and further development of POWERLINK, which was first introduced by B&R in 2001. The high-performance real-time communication system is a protocol extension of the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet standard, designed to ensure real-time data transfer on the microsecond level. EPSG cooperates with leading standardization organizations, such as CAN in Automation (CiA) and the IEC. Anton Meindl, BU Manager Controls at B&R, is the EPSG's CEO.