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Growing demands in all areas of manufacturing require new, more flexible automation systems capable of supporting integrated machine and plant concepts. The iQ Platform from Mitsubishi Electric is the first controller system that integrates all production processes, including robots, in a single interdisciplinary automation platform.
The integrated control concept of the iQ Platform is based on a powerful multi-processor architecture that includes PLC, motion control, CNC and robot controllers. In multi-processor mode the control and communications tasks are shared by the PLC CPU and up to three additional central processor units, which can be combined very flexibly. Just like the other controllers, the robot CPU is plugged into the backplane of the iQ Platform as an intelligent module.
The iQ Platform from Mitsubishi
Integrating the robot controller in a platform that controls both the machine and the robot delivers a number of application and cost benefits. The fast exchange of data and information between the controllers enables optimum connections and synchronisation between the machines and the robot in the production line. The standardised hardware and software technology and the modular architecture of the iQ Platform also make it possible to configure systems more flexibly and to expand the system to handle additional controller tasks as and when necessary.
The new system brings particularly high savings in engineering, since communication between the controllers via the common backplane bus is already integrated in the system and data transfer to ERP systems can also be implemented via the integrated MES functions without additional configuration. In addition to this, ready-to-use diagnostics functions are already included in the development software and control terminals, reducing the need for time-consuming and costly configuration and maintenance work. In a system controlled by iQ Platform the conventional robot controller only functions as an amplifier, relaying the control signals from the robot CPU to the robot. Of course, Mitsubishi Electric still also offers conventional systems consisting of a robot and a separate robot controller for applications not requiring such a highly-integrated automation system.
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