Wide range of applications
Food industry: Bottling
To guarantee high production quality and speed, filling machine valves and analog sensors must be synchronized in real time with an extremely high degree of precision. With reACTION technology, filling valves and flow sensors can be synchronized at a resolution of 1 μs, which allows filling machines to be set up with extremely low tolerances. Not only does this minimize wasted raw materials, it also allows possible delays – resulting from activation times, for example – to be calculated automatically by the system. reACTION technology also maximizes product quality – regardless of the computing power provided by the controller or the network settings.
Metalworking: CNC laser cutting
To increase productivity, modern CNC laser cutting machines switch the laser on and off while in motion. This must be performed with a high degree of precision and tightly synchronized with axis positioning. Delays between CNC position setpoints and axis positions must also be compensated. The laser on/off cycles must be in the microsecond range, while the switching times themselves require precision in the nanosecond range. In these types of applications, a reACTION module can read setpoints and actual positions directly from the drive. This saves the cost of an external encoder, cuts back on wiring and also reduces the load on the controller.
Modern sorting plants require extensive and flexible automation to ensure the throughput required by the recycling industry. Precision and speed are particularly crucial for tasks such as evaluating sensors and controlling large pneumatic valve lines. At extremely high sorting speeds, compensation for switching tolerances is also important. reACTION technology can significantly boost the throughput of sorting plants and improve the quality of recycled materials.
Textiles: Air weaving
Air weaving is one of the most productive weaving methods. The weft thread is initially blown in and then aerodynamically guided using relay nozzles. These processes place very high demands on the precision and speed of the application – demands that can be mastered perfectly using reACTION technology. Shorter switching times and decreased dead volume considerably reduce the quantity of compressed air consumed by the main, relay and stretching nozzles.
Print: Registration mark detection
During the printing process, reACTION technology can be used to quickly read and measure marks – registration marks or product identification marks, for example – in the nanosecond range. Post-processing of printed material becomes faster and more precise, with less waste produced during cutting, folding, stapling and collating. In addition, by allowing for a smaller trim, ink consumption is also reduced.