Intelligent automation solutions for the digital future

Intelligence in the drive 

The intelligent converters of the Baumüller b maXX 5000 product family with integrated softdrivePLC enable data analyses directly in the drive. In this way, logic operations cannot only be parameterized, but also be programmed. An example: If the control circuits vibrate due to resonant frequencies, this vibration can be minimized with the help of a more dynamic setting and productivity is increased. Vibrations in the mechanics can also be filtered out with the intelligent b maXX converters.  

Numerous controller functions are integrated in the b maXX 5000 series, to make the system even more efficient and intelligent. Functions such as transmission protection, adaptation of the controller parameters, error reactions or monitoring the thermal pump load via a temperature model ensure lower service costs, shorter standstill times and lower system costs.  

Numerous features: The new servo pump software version V2+ 

The adaptive pressure precontrol is a significant improvement of the software modules of the control function in the new servo pump software version V2+. The intelligent control algorithm adjusts adaptively to different pressure rise rates; this means that the parameterization only has to be set once and is then automatically regulated. The software enables an overshoot-free pressure jump in minimum time, thus ensuring an optimized process sequence. Since the corresponding parameters adjust automatically with a standard cycle of 125 µs during the production process, the adaptive control eliminates or greatly reduces pressure overshoots. The required pressure value therefore sets in fully automatically with controlled transition. 

The experts at Baumüller have enhanced the new software version V2+ of the servo pump to include several protection functions, so that wear of highly loaded parts of the servo pump does not influence the quality of the end products and also the load on the machine components is reduced. For example, by default, the pump load is monitored within highly loaded pressure maintenance mode. If the temperature model indicates a thermal overload, the bypass valves open automatically to remove the overheated oil. The servo pump is cooled until it has returned to normal temperature. A further positive aspect of the monitoring concerns the leakage characteristic. In the new version, this can be additionally recorded and compared with reference data. This makes diagnosis easier and wear or necessary replacement of the valves and seals can be detected faster. 

New power supply units for high performances 

The converter series b maXX 5000 includes feed-in and regenerative units as well as drive units, which can be quickly and easily combined by an integrated drive connect system. This allows the machine builder to benefit from low installation costs and short commissioning and service times. The converters are available for air, water and oil cooling methods and, thanks to their high power density, they require a very small installation space. The power supply units have now been expanded to include peak output of up to 300 kW. This is ideal, for example, for dynamic movements, such as opening and closing the injection mold or for the forming process in servopresses, where high peak power outputs are required at short notice. With a peak current of 420 A, the large axes are ideally suited for maximum dynamic performance.  

Engineering 4.0: Faster time-to-market with the new ProSimulation software  

Virtual configuration and testing of automation systems: The newly developed ProSimulation software provides customers with a platform for getting started with the world of simulation quickly. The new tool simplifies the virtual design, optimization and commissioning of machines and systems. Depending on customers’ levels of experience, they can quickly set up their own simulations and applications using the basic library or import existing software models due to to open interfaces. 

The advantages of ProSimulation include time and cost savings in the development and commissioning of new machines and systems as well as the optimization of existing machines. In addition, the company can build up urgently needed simulation expertise for the future, thus building competence in the areas of Industry 4.0 and digital twins. ProSimulation expands the functional range of the ProDrive software, which allows quick and easy commissioning, parameterization and operation of the b maXX converter family. 

ProSimulation permits virtual parameterization to optimize machine behavior. Real added value for the industry, because due to ever shorter development cycles in mechanical engineering, innovations can be tested within the shortest possible time, including offline. This means forward-looking positioning for optimum development. 

Greater performance: compact water-cooled servomotors  

Baumüller is expanding its range of servomotors to include the water-cooled models in sizes 45 and 56. With their space-saving installation and very high power density, the small models really come into their own with their water-cooling benefits. This enables motors installed in very tight spaces to be used at high power ratings. For the machine manufacturer, this means optimal mechanical properties, lower costs and better efficiency.  

In addition to the cost savings, the small water-cooled models also offer further advantages when it comes to installation space: The outer dimensions of the housing family are the same as an uncooled version; however, it offers significantly more performance. It therefore combines the advantage of maximum cooling with minimum motor dimensions. Another advantage offered by heat dissipation through the cooling medium of water is that the motors can be placed next to one another even when installed in tight spaces without causing each other to heat up. 

Baumüller completes its series with water cooling of size 45 and 56 servomotors, and is thus the only manufacturer to also offer smaller sized servomotors with all cooling methods. 

Global life cycle management 

In addition to the development and manufacture of automation components, Baumüller as a group of companies provides numerous services for mechanical and plant engineering and for machine operators. From project planning, design and engineering through assembly and commissioning, service to maintenance, retrofitting and relocation, Baumüller offers support over the entire life cycle of machines and systems. Within its smart services, Baumüller offers consultation and services for remote maintenance, diagnostics and networked production. With its subsidiaries Baumüller Reparaturwerk and Baumüller Anlagen-Systemtechnik, Baumüller also contributes its long-term experience in service, monitoring and optimizing automation & drive systems. 

With more than 40 branches worldwide, Baumüller is a reliable service partner with global network and decades of local experience, and is therefore extremely familiar with the respective national and regional circumstances.