A state-of-the-art system
For a typical shell-making robotic cell, a powerful PLC system enables all the connectivity, CPU power and memory capacity needed to make a state-of-the-art system.
Key cell components
There are three key elements to the overall architecture: the PLC, an industrial PC displaying Scada-HMI, and an articulated robot (which connects to the rest of the system through the Ethernet communication protocol).
- Configurable and scalable system
- Functions equally well as a small or large supervisory system:
- Can be delivered as a basic single-station HMI
- In a bigger system, can be turned into a distributed multi-user supervisory system
- Can be set up in multiple ways
- In a redundant-servers fashion
- Deploying a full factory status display
- Enables Internet-based connectivity for remote system status display
- Extensive connectivity package
- Any vendor automation products
- All vendor communication protocols
- Higher-level systems and databases
We use state-of-the-art high end PLC of reputable brands and, while most robotic cell manufacturers would provide a human machine interface (HMI) panel with limited CPU and expansion capacity, at Shell-O-Matic we recommend an industrial PC with the use of Scada software to perform the HMI.
In a Shell-O-Matic-powered robotic cell, the PLC takes control of all the inputs and outputs (I/Os), broadcasting their status over an easy-to-configure network connected by a robust, machine-level ethernet platform.
- Reliable communication
- Easy to expand if future automation is added
- Can be connected to surrounding automated systems or higher-level IT systems
- PLC brand can be selected to match existing customer factory automation standard.
Ethernet allows the PLC to connect to any robot brand, allowing the PLC to know the real-time status of the robot, and control its functions:
- Dictate robot routine to run as a function of the part recipe
- Allow robot programs to access all I/Os and process variables
- Enhance safety and human-robot collaboration