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Smart drive solutions for sheet metalworking machines

Baumüller is participating in FABTECH 2023 and will be presenting itself as a complete partner for every phase of the life cycle

Baumüller, the motion control and automation specialist and comprehensive partner throughout the life cycle, will participate in FABTECH 2023. Baumueller-Nuermont Corp, Baumüller’s subsidiary in the US, will present cutting-edge technological solutions for sheet metalworking machines at booth D41454 during Fabtech 2023. This prestigious event, dedicated to the sheet metal forming industry, will take place in Chicago from September 11 to 14, 2023.

Visitors to the booth will find out why - among other things - servo eccentric presses are the best alternative to traditional pressing methods, what advantages the use of modern simulation technology in the engineering of sheet metalworking machines can offer, and how Baumüller SmartValue can contribute to a permanent reduction of the production's carbon dioxide (CO2) footprint.

Complete drive system for more flexibility

The booth focuses on the overall Baumüller’s solution for the automation of servo eccentric presses. Compared to conventional presses, these presses have the edge regarding productivity, product quality, and flexibility. The machine cycle time, robustness, energy use, and environmental compatibility can be optimized with high-performance direct drives and the compatible control unit. Baumüller has many years of experience providing solutions for servo eccentric presses and, as a full-range supplier, is at your side from the planning to the engineering to commissioning and service.

1 Complete drive system webBaumüller offers a complete system for servo eccentric presses consisting of the engineering, hardware, and software

ProSimulation: The benefits of Industry 4.0 for efficient drive design and minimum connected system load

With ProSimulation, Baumüller offers simulation models of its drive components. The digital twins provide many advantages, especially during the engineering phase: the development time is shortened, and therefore time to market is shortened, maximizing reliability and performance.  In addition, Baumüller can undertake the complete design of a motion control solution for a sheet metalworking machine.

2 Simulationsschema webThe simulation model of the servo eccentric press in ProSimulation enables efficient drive design and minimum connected system load of the machine

This offers numerous advantages, particularly for complex applications such as servo eccentric presses: It enables the selection of an efficient and resource-saving drive package. For example, the whole drive topology can be mapped in the software. This consists of the nonlinear transfer ratio of the eccentric mechanics, gearing, high-torque motors, servo drive technology, and energy storage in conjunction with dynamic movement and force profiles. The simulation creates transparency in the power and energy profiles and describes the charging and discharging processes in detail. This enables efficient dimensioning of the energy store, and therefore the connected system load can be reduced. This saves resources, considerably relieves the power supply system, and reduces the machine’s footprint.

Highlight: The simulation of a servo press is presented graphically on the booth using 3D animation.

Powerful hardware for more power and energy efficiency

Sheet metalworking applications pose significant power, speed, and space challenges. Baumüller offers a broad and scalable portfolio to address these challenges. Our DST2-series high-torque motors provide the power for the most demanding pressing processes. The motors can adapt perfectly to the press’s requirements thanks to different shaft and flange options.

During Fabtech 2023, Baumüller will present the b maXX 5000 product family for high-performance applications. The servo drives impress with their compact design, ample selection of safety functions, and energy recovery option. Intelligent energy management and using capacitors to store energy can reduce the connected system load, saving energy and costs.

In terms of machine control, with the powerful Box-PC b maXX PCC-04, Baumüller offers a flexible, scalable, and cost-efficient platform for multiple and diverse potentials uses thanks to its expandability and many interfaces.

With the b maXX PLC mc control platform, Baumüller combines the properties of industrial PCs and PLC controls, bringing the best of both worlds to optimize machine control. The product’s dimension -110 x 90 x 35 mm- makes it ideal for challenging machine control applications that require minimum footprint. Baumüller also offers suitable HMI panels with touch display for user-friendly machine operation.

Attractive solution: retrofitting a conventional press

The drive system of a conventional eccentric press consists of an asynchronous motor, a flywheel, and a coupling-brake combination. A servo motion control solution can often replace the existing system to get all the benefits of Industry 4.0 and a servo drive-based system. Retrofitting a machine allows for retaining part of the mechanism, and only the drive system is renewed. This solution increases the press's flexibility, productivity, and output product quality. In addition, a retrofit maximizes sustainability by extending the machine’s life and saving resources.

Retrofit of a traditional mechanical press into a servo press

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Life-cycle management worldwide

In addition to developing and manufacturing automation components, as a group of companies, Baumüller provides numerous services for plant and machinery manufacturing and machine operators. From project planning, design, and engineering through assembly and commissioning to maintenance, retrofitting, and relocation, Baumüller offers support over the entire life cycle of machines and systems. Baumüller attaches particular importance to the sustainable and resource-saving production of intelligent drive and automation solutions.

Baumueller-Nuermont Corp.
Fabtech, September 11 thru 14, 2023
D41454 – Lakeside Center, East Building, Chicago (USA)

Baumueller-Nuermont Corp. was formed to meet our North American customers’ growing demands for highly flexible service and automation solutions.

As a subsidiary of Germany-based Baumüller Nürnberg GmbH, we offer a broad range of services, from single parts to the design of complete automation systems, from assembly and installation services to complete plant relocations. We are your specialist in intelligent drive and automation systems.