Web Exclusive | November 2017
Multifunctional controller platform for automation
Siemens has expanded its Simatic S7-1500 Advanced Controller portfolio for more challenging applications to include a new type of multifunctional platform that combines control and PC functions in a single device. Two new technology CPUs also widen the portfolio for mid-range motion control tasks.
The CPU 1518(F)-4 PN/DP MFP multifunctional platform is a new type of device for Advanced Controllers that enables high-level language functions to be integrated and stand-alone applications to be easily created and reused. The multifunctional platform combines a typical controller with tasks that had previously been outsourced to a PC
– such as model-based and high-level language programming and solutions with databases. Existing technological C/C++ algorithms can continue to be used, and the data exchange between PC and controller, which previously had to be programmed, has been simplified.
The new technology CPU 1516T-3 PN/DP and fail-safe technology CPU 1516TF-3 PN/DP combine standard, safety, and Motion Control functionalities, such as gearing and camming, in one device. The new CPUs complement the already available range of Advanced Controllers. Midrange Motion Control tasks can be easily implemented in conjunction with the Sinamics V90 PN and S210 servo drive systems. The Motion Control functionalities of all Simatic S7-1500 technology CPUs have also been extended to include the control of 2D to 4D kinematics. This now makes additional handling applications possible, such as Pick & Place, Cartesian Portal, Delta-Picker and Scara robots.