Siemens Industry, Inc. introduced the Converting Toolbox, a set of standardized automation tools for the integration of various machine components that previously had to be performed individually. The product simplifies web processing applications and offers greater flexibility for machine designers and builders of paper, film, foil and other converting machinery. It is completely scalable and is provided at no cost to qualified machine designers, builders and integrators.
The Converting Toolbox enables machine builders to achieve considerably faster time to market by reducing the time required for engineering, programming, commissioning and documentation, as much as 80% in some cases. It offers modular open functions, for items such as:
–Flying splice controls,
–Rotary knife with print mark correction,
–Speed set-point cascade and more.
Toolbox components take the form of pre-programmed functions. Sample applications demonstrate how each function can be efficiently and effectively implemented into a machine design. Such sample applications are ready-to-use after minor modifications and include basic HMI functionality. This enables the machine function to be tested and optimized in a very short time frame.
When a functionality module needs to be modified, extended or changed, the Converting Toolbox’s open source code provides a basis from which even the most specialized functions can be implemented quickly and easily.
Simotion®, the Siemens motion control system, is suited as an operating platform for the Converting Toolbox because applications can be operated directly on an intelligent drive, compactly and without need of an additional PLC. Simotion offers drive, controller and PC-based topologies. The Converting Toolbox also includes drives-based solutions using Siemens Sinamics® Drive Control Chart (DCC) graphical programming language.
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