Control for 16 Axes
HydAx16 is a universally usable software package for simultaneous control of up to 16 hydraulic, electrical or pneumatic axes. HydAx16 is based on the Windows operating system. Windows has no native support for real-time processing, that is mandatory for feedback control tasks. Therefore the software product TwinCAT from Beckhoff Automation is additionally used as a basis. With this combination as a platform HydAx16 reaches control intervals of less or equal than two milliseconds.

With HydAx16, individual axes and their corresponding control variables (absolute or relative path, force/pressure and speed) can be brought together in relationship. This makes it possible to create working steps with cross-axis conditions. Despite these diverse and complex capabilities to create processes, no specific programming knowledge is required for building workflows. For this purpose HydAx16 offers a powerful, intuitive and easy-to-use graphical user interface. Workflows can be saved and are reusable. Sequencers can be fitted with various monitoring and termination criteria. This ensures the safety of processes and prevents damage to machinery and tools.

For the control of the process course a clear representation of all axes with current position, pressure and force values is available. All process data is recorded in real time and can be displayed in a chart. This allows a rapid and detailed analysis of the process history.

A typical application of HydAx16 is the control and regulation of hydraulic presses in the fields preforming, hydroforming, deep drawing and stamping. HydAx16 can be integrated into almost any existing facility in a simple way. This minimizes the expenditure of time and costs when modernizing existing production facilities.

The most important features at a glance:

• Control of up to 16 axes with two milliseconds interval
• Working steps with cross-axis conditions
• Modern user interface for easy creation of sequencers
• Control of auxiliary functions such as punching, ejecting, component detection, etc.
• Monitoring and termination criteria
• Display and recording of process data in real time
• Easy integration with existing systems