Motion Control Sure Step Stepping System Video 4 of 5. Looking for help integrating industrial control components into your next Motion Control application? In this video (4 of 5) we show how an AutomationDirect SureStep Stepper System is used on a Rotary Index Table Station to rotate a slotted disk to dispense a combination of different colored glass marbles, brass balls, and steel balls, one at a time from a part hopper.
This LEARN video covers the Rotary Index Table Station that uses the Do-more H2 Series PLC. A C-more Touch Panel is used as the operator interface. Various sensors are also used with the Rotary Index Table to control operational functions.
The Rotary Index Table is the second stage of an overall application based on various Motion Control systems. The first and second stage are controlled with SureStep Stepper Systems using ADC products, with the final stage based on AutomationDirect’s SureServo Servo System.
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The operator interface that was chosen for our application is a C-more 6 inch Touch Panel. Let's take a quick look at some of the features that were programmed into its operation. The C-more Touch Panel consists of just one screen for simplicity. The HMI used is AutomationDirects part number EA9-T6CL. Although the C-more has a ton of features, very few objects were needed for this demonstration. The only objects used were the Switch, Indicator Button, Pushbutton, Numeric Display, Indicator Light, and Static Text objects as seen here. Control of the Rotary Index Table from the C-more Touch Panel can be broken down into a couple of categories that will allow a better understanding on how the objects were arranged. The Cycle Control includes the Cycle Manual/Auto selector Switch. The Cycle Start and Stop pushbuttons are also part of this area. The Table Position portion includes the Table Position readout in degrees, and from this area we also can Index the rotary disk one position with the Table Index pushbutton, or Jog the rotary disk one degree in either direction by using the Counter Clockwise and Clockwise jog pushbuttons. As the parts exit the Rotary Index Table at position 8, the color of the part exiting is displayed on the C-more. The distance that the Laser Distance Sensor is seeing is displayed. The Manual Control area includes pushbuttons to operate either the steel or brass reject pneumatic slide cylinders and also a pushbutton to trigger the color sensor. Here's a quick look at setting up the Ethernet communications with the Do-more PLC. For reference, the PC used via a Stride Ethernet Switch to program both the C-more and Do-more was setup with an IP Address of 192.168.0.9. The C-more was assigned IP Address 192.168.0.11, while the Do-more was assigned IP Address 192.168.0.10. The main areas in the software to setup Ethernet communications are found under the Setup tab. Look for the Panel Network and Panel Manager selections. Here are some links to additional information on the C-more Touch Panel that may be of benefit. Look for the other videos in this series. Thank you for watching.