The UKIL drive/process control system utilizes the latest in hardware and software technology to offer the best performance, most dependable service and easiest system to operate available. A color touchscreen is used to display operating conditions and initiating commands. The graphic program is specialized for sizing machine operation with easy to understand symbols and illustrations. The software includes a machine control program running on the PC under Microsoft Windows 7 with a real time extension. Control software is IEC 61131-3 compliant, the operator interface utilizes Microsoft Visual Basic. The Ethercat communication is a fast, reliable, “state of the art” control system for the 21st century.
|Human Machine Interface (HMI):||480mm color touchscreen|
|PC based:||2Gb Compact Flash card – reliable diskless technology|
|Maximum ambient operating temp||50° C / AC unit is required for higher temperatures|
|Operating system (embedded):||Microsoft Windows 7 with real time extension|
|Control software:||IEC 61131-3 compliant|
|Style recipe storage||Up to 999 styles|
|Communication:||High speed Ethercat to drives and I/O|
|Drives:||Yaskawa A1000 AC Vector/Servo|
|I/O:||Beckhoff Ethercat distributed I/O|
|Motors:||SEW with encoder feedback for speed control|
|Control cabinets:||3C labeling on all wiring|
|eXpert Service Link:||Offers remote diagnostics|
|Remote access:||Through Teamviewer / internet connection|
The UKIL Drive System uses Yaskawa A1000 high performance AC vector (servo rated) drives with SEW gearmotors. Drive regulation is under the direction of the control program, which utilizes both encoder feedback and tension sensors to provide a mathematically derived torque or speed setpoint for each drive in the system. The drives have an inter-connected DC buss system so that drives that are regenerating produce power for the drives that are motoring, reducing overall power consumption for the most efficient operation.
The drive is designed to eliminate the common drive control related problems that occur on sizing machines. Standard features include a 480mm LCD touchscreen with complete process control and drive integration, calibrated tension control, elimination of operator adjustments at beam start-up, style programmable creep, slow, and fast speeds, and complete motion control at all times. A graphical alarm system allows for quick identification of out of tolerance machine conditions and machine stop causes. Process stop causes are mill programmable on a style by style basis for tolerance level and length of acceptable out of tolerance conditions. The LCD Touchscreen is IP67 washdown rated and is not equipped with fans or hard drive. The system is rated for 50 Deg C ambient operation and comes with a 2Gb Compact Flash card containing all programs including the Windows 7 embedded operating system. Easy to copy for emergency backup, the Compact Flash technology is extremely reliable.
Beam winding (or unwinding) employs motion control techniques rather than torque control alone in order to eliminate the typical problems at beam start up. Tension is style programmable throughout the loom beam buildup. Taper tension can be programmed as a function of beam diameter or yardage length. At the start of a new beam the operator simply tapes or wraps the sheet to the beam core face and presses the run push button.
The beam will automatically advance at a rate proportional to the delivery roll in order to wind the taped or wrapped seam under two layers of yarn without pulling the yarn loose, and will then begin to wind under tension. It is much easier and safer for the operator because they do not have to hold the sheet in position as the beam rotates, or “baby” the tension control potentiometer. There is not a tension control potentiometer to adjust as all tension reference is a function of the style data. At new beam startup, torque is calculated based upon the style data end count and tension setpoint. Initially, the beam control enters a phase of precise diameter calculation while maintaining programmed tension with tension feedback controlling torque. When the control logic is satisfied with the diameter measurement accuracy, beam tension control switches to pure motion control, eliminating unsatisfactory inertia calculations and friction compensation during acceleration and deceleration.
Tension control regulation is +/- 1 grams per end. Rugged, precision load cells are employed throughout the machine to measure actual yarn tension. Quadrature motor encoders are used to measure speed and beam diameters. A Profibus card residing in the Ethercat network is provided for communication with the AC vector drives.
The UKIL Process Control System with Touchscreen operator interface utilizes 21st century technology. The software includes a machine control program running on the PC under Microsoft Windows 7 with a real time extension. Control software is IEC 61131-3 compliant, which is a universal standard.
The operator interface utilizes Microsoft Visual Basic. When connected by Ethercat to the I/O and AC Vector drives, the result is a fast, reliable, “state of the art” control system for the 21st century.
Pressing the appropriate command pushbuttons on the display carries out operator functions. Pop up numeric and alphanumeric keypads appear on screen for easy entry of data when required. Process alarms and optional machine stopping levels are programmable on a style by style basis. All process faults may be selected for machine stop with a mill programmable length of stop activation. The temperature level and length of out of tolerance acceptance are mill determined.
Safety machine stops or drive faults are recorded for the last 10 faults and displayed on the screen. A set of Stop/Creep/Slow/Fast pushbuttons are located on the right side of the LCD Touchscreen for operator use. If the machine will not operate in any speed (creep/slow/fast), the pushbutton for that speed will display a red slash through it and pressing will show the reason it is inhibited.
I/O is the rugged and fast Ethercat I/O from Beckhoff. Virtually any type of I/O is available, direct strain gauge interface, current, voltage, relay, etc. Connection is through high quality Ethernet cable and connectors. The speed is 100Mb, allowing for 1000 digital I/O’s in 30us or 200 16 bit analog I/Os in 50us. I/O is distributed on the machine close to connecting points, reducing the length and complication of field wiring.