Siemens Motion Controller – SIMOTION

By CNC Design Pty Ltd
  • Siemens Motion Controller – SIMOTION

The SIMOTION motion control system for any discipline -

State-of-the-art machines must continually fulfil even higher requirements. No matter what requirements you place on your machine: SIMOTION The scalable motion control system offers you the highest degree of flexibility. It allows central or distributed machine concepts to be realized. With SIMOTION you can depend on user-friendly engineering and fast commissioning – a precise jump to increase your level of competitiveness.

Motion control is becoming increasingly significant when designing machines that control complex, fast and precise motion. In order to realize the most complex machines, SIMOTION supports the machine development across the entire life cycle.

This is achieved with tools that simplify planning in the development phase and support you in the commissioning phase with diagnostic functions.

The overall concept has one objective: Achieve the highest possible degree of simplicity. This is because the more difficult the requirements, the simpler it must be to handle the solution. This shortens development and engineering times, as well as the time to market for your machines.

Additional high cycle rates and the highest product quality are guaranteed. The modular system design follows the trend towards modular machine concepts.

Motion control has been merged with PLC and technological functions. This concept allows axes and machines to be controlled using just one system.

Many different machine versions can be implemented and scaled with just a few modules. This is the reason that SIMOTION covers all of the functions and with PROFIBUS and PROFINET provides the matching interfaces for communication between modules.

This means that you profit from our wide range of powerful and innovative standard automation and drive components based on a common platform. Further, when implementing your application, you can select between several platforms and programming languages. The advantage: high-performance machines with a higher degree of flexibility, shorter mechanical design and commissioning times with lower machine costs!

SIMOTION has established itself across the widest range of sectors:

  • Packaging industry
  • Plastics industry
  • Glass industry
  • Woodworking
  • Metal forming
  • Textile industry
  • Printing industry
  • Converting
  • General machinery construction

The SIMOTION system comprises three components: The engineering system, runtime software and hardware platforms.

With SCOUT, SIMOTION not only offers an integrated, seamless engineering system, but it also provides all of the tools required for programming and parameterizing, testing and commissioning as well as diagnostics.

The intuitive user prompting of MCC – Motion Control Chart – makes it easier to program even the most complex motion functions. The machine sequence is clearly and transparently shown using a flow diagram.

A high-performance editor is available both for programming in LAD as well as in FBD. In addition to standard logic functions, all of the motion control and technological functions can be used in LAD/FBD.

Using Structured Text ST, the complete functionality and flexibility of the SIMOTION system can be used in an environment that is suitable for high-level languages. This results in extremely efficient programming.

It is extremely simple to configure open-loop and closed-loop control functions using the DCC Editor. Multi-instance-capable function blocks are selected from a predefined library and are graphically interlinked with one another by dragging and dropping them.

CamTool Editors are included in SCOUT, which enable cams to be created in a tabular or polynomial form.

The runtime software has a modular structure and comprises a PLC, in compliance with IEC 61131-3, and optional functions such as positioning, synchronous operation, camming and interpolation.

These functions are available as additional commands. This means that you can create a motion sequence just as simply and flexibly as a PLC program.

Hydraulic applications with their high-speed control loops for position and pressure control can be implemented using the fast, distributed ET 200S I/O; these are preferably connected to SIMOTION via PROFINET, therefore permitting the shortest control cycles.

In addition to electric drives, this also allows hydraulic drives to be synchronized with one another – the ideal basis for seamless and integrated automation solutions such as e.g. conveyor belts and press lines.

Problems relating to interfaces between individual components, often critical from a time perspective, are completely eliminated.

Depending on the SIMOTION D version, SIMATIC HMI devices can be connected through PROFIBUS, PROFINET or Ethernet for visualization and operator control. PROFIBUS or PROFINET is used to connect the distributed I/O.

SIMOTION IT Diag is especially suitable for first-level diagnostics even once production has started.

Using SIMOTION IT Diag – when connected via Ethernet –, machine and control information can be read out using a standard web browser. The Ethernet connection can also be used to update the project and firmware.

In addition to system-specific standard diagnostic screens, machine- and customer-specific diagnostic screens can also be created and saved in the SIMOTION devices.

SIMOTION IT Diag can be used to eliminate time-consuming and costly service calls and reduce machine downtimes.

This guarantees the highest degree of scalability and flexibility. By integrating motion control and technological functions as well as PLC and closed-loop drive controls in just one compact module means that, in addition to the motion sequence, also the complete machine can be controlled.

SIMOTION D is directly integrated in the SINAMICS S120 as control module. This not only saves valuable space, but also means that the system has an outstanding response speed.

SIMOTION D is available in two mechanical designs – as single-axis system SIMOTION D410 and as multi-axis system SIMOTION D4x5 in various performance variants.

The SIMOTION D410 Control Unit is the ideal solution if motion control is required for one axis and PLC functionality in a compact package.

SIMOTION D410 can be used for single-axis applications – such as winders, crosscutters or feed equipment – but also in synchronous groups for modular machine concepts.

SIMOTION D, the version that is physically integrated into the SINAMICS S120 drive, is the ideal solution for machines with a high number of axes and where high requirements are placed on the precision.

This distributed automation structure allows the machine to be subdivided into various axis groups that are controlled from one SIMOTION motion control system. Communications between SIMOTION systems is either established via PROFIBUS DP or PROFINET.

SIMOTION D - Controls a complete machine with just one system.