The Model LJ-SRT dual-infeed robotic top-loading cartoner from Bradman Lake (www.bradmanlake.com) was designed with customer solutions in mind, solutions that reduce total cost of ownership (TCO). So rather than sourcing its operator interface, servo drive, and motion control technologies from a variety of vendors each offering its own configuration tools, software, and support, Bradman Lake sought a single-source technology provider capable of supplying a fully integrated controls package. The result is that rather than spending time deciphering a variety of programming languages and software packages,
At the center of the controls package is the Allen-Bradley ControlLogix® L63 programmable automation controller from Rockwell Automation (www.rockwell.com).
“This processor allows customers to access information about everything happening on the machine, including in-depth productivity information,” says a
Also specified were Allen-Bradley Kinetix® 6000 servo drives to provide the machine with a common platform for high-speed coordinated motion control with remote access. With Kinetix Integrated Motion, the ControlLogix controller consolidates sequential and motion control into a single platform, eliminating the need for a separate motion controller. In addition to improving overall system synchronization, this brings a considerable reduction in the time required for engineering and installation.
Servo motors chosen for the LJ-SRT cartoner are Allen-Bradley MP-Series™ low-inertia servo motors. They utilize Smart Motor Technology, which provides automatic identification of correct motor-to-drive connectivity and further reduces machine commissioning time.
On the HMI side,
By relying on a single platform for sequential and motion control and implementing an integrated Rockwell Automation solution,
“Rockwell provided us with a solution that enables us to reduce build times for our machines,” says the