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Formnext / Siemens Siemens and Scanlab team up on machine control concepts

| Editor: Briggette Jaya

Siemens and Scanlab GmbH have a joint co-operation in the area of controlling industrial laser machines and will be exhibiting a joint solution at Formnext.

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The Simatic IPC427E industrial PC with intelliscan scan head and integrated RTC6 control board, and Simatic S7-1500 software controller.
The Simatic IPC427E industrial PC with intelliscan scan head and integrated RTC6 control board, and Simatic S7-1500 software controller.
(Source: Scanlab)

Siemens AG and Scanlab GmbH say they have integrated the RTC6 scan head control board into the Siemens Simatic S7-1500 controller for use in laser-based manufacturing applications. This integrated control solution is applicable across a wide array of laser processing methods, ranging from laser cutting, welding, marking and drilling through to laser sintering (additive manufacturing) and micro-machining. The combined control reduces the effort associated with additional hardware, while shortening the engineering time — all of which generates noticeable added value for machine builders and system integrators, the companies noted.

In recent years, laser processing has been experiencing growth in the machine building sector, with diverse OEM components making up complex processing machines. When different suppliers work together, users profit from the reduced integration effort and the elimination of unnecessary interfaces. As such, a joint demonstrator, namely a joint-control solution, which is a co-operation of Siemens and Scanlab, will be exhibited at the Siemens booth at Formnext.

The Simatic IPC427E Industrial PC from Siemens serves as the platform for this new approach to controlling laser processing machines. The RTC6 scan system control board is integrated into the hardware platform via APIs and direct connection to the Simatic S7-1500 software controller. The PLC software’s functional components make ICE61131-3 conformant programming easy for machine builders. The common platform gathers all automation tasks onto one device, thereby enabling faster queries, thanks to fewer interfaces and a joint diagnostics concept. That makes the overall engineering effort more efficient.

Furthermore, all components are system-tested, exceptionally robust and compliant with international norms and guidelines for industrial applications. This integrated control solution measurably increases both machine performance and processing quality.

The joint tradeshow demonstrator addresses all industrial users interested in a comprehensive automation approach for their systems. After the show, the demonstrator will be housed at the Siemens Additive Manufacturing Center (AMEC) in Erlangen, Germany. Future development steps include the integration of virtual machine concepts for engineering, programming and virtual commissioning, which enable preliminary testing assisted by a digital twin.

At Formnext, Siemens will be in Hall 12.1, Booth D81, while Scanlabs will be in

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