Press automation

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Efficient solutions for metal forming – seamlessly integrated

The huge growth in product variants in many industries, faster and faster product changeovers, and at the same time demands for greater productivity make efficient production sequences essential in all aspects of metal forming. Press automation plays a key role here. Individually adapted solutions from Siemens for strip feeding lines, press automation, and roll feeds, integrated seamlessly in production sequences, ensure efficient and economical processes at every point.    

Press systems

Overview of solutions

Efficiency, innovation, and productivity

Engineering in the TIA Portal, proven software libraries for the transport of components in, through or out of presses, and scalable hardware from the Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) portfolio: Together, these three elements yield unique solutions with Safety Integrated. This is an important contribution to maximum productivity in times of increasingly faster changeovers between product variants.

Solutions for efficient component transport

Workpiece transport is fully automated in the latest production lines for economic reasons alone. The result is more flexible production in sheet metal processing: maximum output speed for production of large unit quantities, and economical production of smaller batch volumes.
With features such as vibration resistance, high-overload converter, and movement profiles that do not induce vibration, solutions from Siemens improve the efficiency of feeder systems for loading and unloading and of electronic transfer systems for in-press component transportation.

Economical in-press workpiece transportation

The solution in detail

The SIMATIC Technology PLC (SIMATIC T-CPU) motion control system also serves as the platform for the SIMATIC PressAutomation library, in which the essential functions for motion control programming and calculation have been implemented.
Additional packages, such as the SINAMICS Technology Extension VIBX to suppress triggering of mechanical vibration or SIMATIC S7-1500T Kinematics Transformation to implement kinematic transformations, can be included as required. SINAMICS S120 converters are used as the drive system, and vibration-resistant SIMOTICS motors can be used for vibration loads of up to 10 G when required.
Another benefit results in the merge of motion control (SIMATIC T-CPU), machine automation and failsafe technology (SIMATIC F-CPU) in combination with the certified library of press safety function blocks in one central platform.

Your advantages at a glance

Products for transfer system automation

Solutions for efficient strip feeding line automation

At a technical level, strip feeding lines are related to stretch-bending lines, cold rolling mills, and plants for flat wire production. The upstream machine modules wind sheet metal off a coil and feed it to the next system. They reduce the tensions in the material and improve its surface quality. Usually, they are used in combination with blanking presses in a blanking line, with rotating shears in a cut-to-length line, or complemented by a longitudinal cutting unit in a slitting machine.
A strip feeding line typically consists of an uncoiler and a leveler. Discontinuous systems also contain a loop storage pit and a roll feeder.

High throughput and efficient engineering

The solution in detail

The modular SINAMICS  S120 drive system and the SIMATIC S7-1500 controllers, which are available as failsafe and as technology CPUs, facilitate consistent automation of a strip feeding line from the decoiler to the roll feed.
At the same time, the SIMATIC S7-1500 controllers serve as a platform for application libraries such as SIMATIC Converting Toolbox for winding processes.
Application examples in combination with TIA Portal allow an extremely efficient engineering.
In addition to products and application software, you can also draw on Siemens’ extensive services, such as control panel construction, application services, machine simulation and analysis, and Condition Monitoring (CMS). This ensures swift and flexible configuration and commissioning of individual machines and plants.

Your advantages at a glance

Products for strip feeding line automation

Flexible, precise, and powerful

The electronic roll feeder is an integral part of almost every state-of-the-art conveyor-fed press or punching machine. It is often an autonomous, electrically driven machine unit. Replacing complex mechanical components in the roll feeder with intelligent units results in  lasting flexibility and productivity improvements for the manufacturing facility.

Flexible, material-friendly feeder automation

The solution in detail

With its SINAMICS S120 and SIMOTICS servomotors, Siemens provides an innovative solution for automating a roll feeder. Skillfully selected profiles allow for very flexible dynamics and positive jerk characteristics. An equivalent application is available for both SIMOTION and the SIMATIC S7-1500 controllers. Linking the roller feed to a higher-level master value enables direct connection to a press system.

Your advantages at a glance

Products for feeder systems

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Learn more about efficient handling system automation

Take advantage of the extensive information we have available. Get a more detailed picture of the favorable solutions for handling system automation from Siemens. 

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The Spare Parts Services from Digital Enterprise Services are available worldwide and ensure a smooth and fast delivery of spare parts – and thus optimal system availability.

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Examples from practical application

Automation solutions from Siemens are in use in handling systems around the world, providing highly efficient plant operation and many advantages in daily use. The following examples give you an idea of the excellent features solutions from Siemens have to offer.

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Press automation with added value
Siemens provides the right solution for every press automation application. Benefit from the powerful technology and outstanding expertise that Siemens can offer as a leading provider in industrial automation.