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Article | May 31, 2001
Schneider Electric ELAU Packaging Solutions: Schneider Electric ELAU Packaging Solutions: Machinery looks to electronics
With an eye towards higher flexibility and efficiency, Robert Bosch Corp.’s Packaging Machinery Division (Bridgman, MI) is transitioning using Elau (Chicago, IL) motion controls from all-mechanical designs to a combination of mechanical, electronics, and software.
All main movements on Bosch machinery are now servo-driven and pulse and angle synchronous movements for any number of axes are coordinated and indicated by a central control. The use of electronics also supports a trend toward a cost-saving modular design of independent drives.
Benefits for packagers include increased functionality flexibility and improvement in costs and delivery times according to Bosch. Bosch’s on-going efforts center on industrial PCs; standardized graphical interface; and open architecture.
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