POWERLINK sets new world record in drive axis synchronization

The latest generation of foil stretching machines from Brückner Maschinenbau has no need of gearboxes, belts or cardan shafts. Instead, 728 servo drives are synchronized in a 400 µs cycle using POWERLINK. This world record confirms the superior response times of this open source industrial Ethernet communication network (PresseBox) (Eggelsberg, ) POWERLINK demonstrates its true strength when it comes to the growing number of electronically controlled drives, which in turn are required to exchange an ever-increasing amount of data. The fact that POWERLINK has recently established a new world record in the number of synchronized drives proves it. The gearless drives of a new sequential foil stretching machine from the German manufacturer Brückner Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG require rigid synchronization. The machine features 384 modules with two drives each, with complete synchronization of the 728 servo drives handled by POWERLINK with a 400 µs cycle time and jitter below 1 µs.

POWERLINK is an Ethernet-based industrial field network system originally developed by B&R, an Austria-based supplier of industrial automation systems. Standard-compliant Ethernet frames, complete software solutions and the unique addressing system provide the open source POWERLINK field network with the flexibility required to handle multipurpose applications in strictly synchronous real-time systems. This allows the full range of functions to be used in parallel during operation without any reciprocal limitations.

500,000 POWERLINK systems have been installed since its launch in 2001. And as the only real-time industrial Ethernet system on the market, POWERLINK is not only able to claim system wide synchronicity in large plants - it can also prove it.


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