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Drive application: Electronic cam
In the past, mechanical cams were always used for harmonizing complex movement sequences in cyclical machinery.

Electronic Cam
With this method, a centrally driven shaft, the bevel-gear shaft, ensured synchronous operation of all cams. The speed of this bevel-gear shaft could determine the production speed of the machine. However, this mechanical solution is very inflexible and can no longer cope with the requirements of modern production and processing machines.

As a result, mechanical cams in system and mechanical engineering are increasingly being replaced by electronically controlled drives called electronic cams.

Electronic cam applications can be found in the following sectors:

The figure displays a typical example of electronic cam application. Freshly filled yogurt cups at the end of a conveyor belt are transferred to an adjacent conveyor belt for further processing. The tines of the rake are inserted between the yogurt cups, lifting and transferring them. The electronic cam can be used to realize a motion sequence ensuring that the cups are lifted smoothly.
The solution with MOVIDRIVE®
Separate unit series
The solution for the drive application with MOVIDRIVE® is based on a special software that is integrated into the “MOVIDRIVE® drive inverter with electronic cam” unit series. The entire motion sequence is controlled in the inverter. External control is not required for the electronic cam.

Electronic cam editor
A user-friendly electronic cam editor will support you during startup. Using a movement plan, you define the curve profile of the slave drive based on various movement types. You also have the option of importing existing cam data. You can use a physical drive or a virtual master encoder as the master drive. You can also set application-specific parameters for the engagement and disengagement phases of the slave drive using the electronic cam editor. For example, the slave drive can be engaged as either event-driven or position-based. Disengaging can also be event-driven or can occur after a predefined number of cycles.

Optimize curve profile
After you have created the curve, you can represent the three derivations of speed, acceleration, and jerkiness. You can thus use your PC to optimize the curve profile for smooth running.

Curve point table
The curve editor generates the curve point table based on the curve profile. This curve point table is the basis for the dependence of master and slave drives. You can also import an existing curve profile in the form of a curve point table.

Movement control with IPOSplus®
A significant feature of the MOVIDRIVE® drive inverters that comes into play with the electronic cam is the integrated IPOSplus® positioning and sequence control system. An IPOSplus® program in MOVIDRIVE® controls the entire motion sequence in MOVIDRIVE® as machine-oriented as possible. In addition, further system-specific functions can be controlled with this IPOSplus® program.

The benefits at a glance

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