By Alison Dunn
Rexroth’s new EasyHandling mechatronics platform is designed to address the need for increasingly economic approaches to the automation of handling tasks. Systematic and seamless integration of all drive and control technologies with linear actuators, standardized mechanical and electrical interfaces, and new start-up and commissioning tools dramatically simplify the automation process. EasyHandling is more than just a modular system and is designed to reduce the total time required to assemble, configure and commission an installation by up to 80 per cent. The Rexroth EasyHandling system solution is based on a three-level architecture, which includes basic, comfort, and advanced versions. These cover all levels of automation – from mechatronic actuators, to intelligent axes, through to complete preconfigured system solution. The EasyHandling comfort level adds preconfigured Rexroth servo drives across the entire range of basic axes. Using newly developed hardware that supports several Ethernet protocols, servo drives realize communication with Rexroth IndraDrive Cs controllers via SERCOS III Ethernet, PROFINET IO, EtherNet/IP, and EtherCat. It is also possible to outfit the drives with a PROFIBUS or other traditional communication interface. The EasyHandling comfort version thus combines ultra-high versatility with unsurpassed ease in commissioning and start-up.