By: Dr. U. Pahl

Vision & Motion – Fieldbus connectivity

Complex, modern production facilities in the automotive, electronic components, food, beverage and other similar sectors are characterized by high throughputs, numerous optical inspection, measuring and testing tasks and the deployment of decentralized control systems networked via fieldbus protocols.

Maintaining a high throughput demands rapid processing speeds, among other factors. These in turn demand a high degree of synchronization between individual process steps and thus also between automation components.

Vision systems with fieldbus interfaces offer new possibilities for controlling machines and facilities. Directly linking image processing with drive and control technology makes it possible to optimize cycle times in automated processes and to increase the precision of manufacturing facilities.

The sercos interface, in particular, features hard real-time capability and high synchronicity to guarantee the smooth running of automation solutions at process rates typically used for packing and filling processes and for assembly and handling processes.