The first models in the PMC (Pilz Motion Control) range are based on Mayr's proven, high-quality products and, taken together, they offer flexible, modular and scalable drive-based and control-based platforms for intelligent automation.
The PMCprimo 16+ enables highly complex applications to be implemented with ease. Up to 20 axes can be synchronised when the unit is used as a standalone controller, or a maximum of 61 PMCprimo 16+ controllers can be networked together to enable over 100 axes to be controlled. For each axis, the user simply adds a drive and motor.
Next in the range, the PMCprimo Drive can be used as an intelligent single-axis automation system by virtue of its integral drive or, alternatively, it can operate as a master to synchronise up to eight further axes by adding appropriate drives and motors.
Truly versatile, the PMCtendo DD digital servo drive incorporates a position controller. It can either be used as the platform for the PMCprimo or deployed as a slave unit in multi-axis applications, with instructions conveyed by one of a variety of industrial fieldbus protocols. A wide range of motors can be used with the PMCtendo DD (synchronous, asynchronous and linear motors) with resolver or sin-cos (Hiperface or Endat) encoder feedback.
To complete the PMC family, the PMCtendo AC servo motors are suitable for applications calling for highly dynamic, accurate positioning, or where smooth movements are required. With a front face that accepts most gearboxes designed for servo applications, the PMCtendo AC motors are available with or without integral brakes and with power ratings from 400W to 14kW.
By making use of the safety expertise available within Pilz, in the near future the PMC product range will offer all the benefits of high-end motion control with the added advantage of integrated safety. This reduces the costs associated with design, construction, programming and commissioning.
Furthermore, integral safety presents other opportunities. For instance, a quicker response to a safety input being triggered could mean that safety guards can be closer to the hazardous zone, resulting in a reduction in the machine's footprint. It is also possible to implement user-friendly set-up or maintenance procedures more easily, typically by implementing hold-to-run, inching, or single-step routines. This can enable the machine to spend a greater proportion of its time in production. And don't forget that integrating safety and 'standard' control can improve diagnostics, which means that faults can be rectified more quickly and production restarted faster.