System Integration & Control Systems Design

Modularity boosts performance

June 2021 System Integration & Control Systems Design

The Maxolution solutions from SEW-EURODRIVE are fully integrated and customised technologies that automate, upgrade and streamline existing production processes, while still allowing for future technology to be incorporated.

”Our strength is in our expertise and knowledge of assessing and implementing the right solution for a customer’s system objectives” says Dylan Enslin, Maxolution engineer with SEW-EURODRIVE. “The technologies behind these systems are extremely advanced and take into consideration that industry and its processes are constantly evolving, thus recognising the requirement for future upgrades and adjustments.

”Whether a user needs to source or enhance automated guided vehicles (AGVs), electrified mono systems (EMS), or replace or upgrade motors and gear boxes, we can guide them from the project planning stage through to installation, ensuring that our customised software meets requirements, that communications between machines are configured correctly and that the entire production process is seamlessly automated for best performance.”

The company believes that exchangeable modules are the future of factories. The concept of Maxolution systems is that it enables customers to react swiftly to changes in market requirements. This provides greater flexibility for production processes to be adjusted as needed and in the most efficient way possible.

Real-world examples

SEW-EURODRIVE was recently commissioned to develop a machine automation project with a customised Maxolution software solution. Project assessment included motor and motor size requirements, gear box configurations, what electronic capability was needed to drive the specified motors and synchronise motor capability – critical factors that all needed to be factored into the design of the automation solution.

Another successful project in the automotive manufacturing sector included an engine line where travel/hoist axis, gearbox sizing, variable speed drive requirements, motor positioning and electronic communications were specified for the implementation of an EMS system.

“We assist customers to select the best solution for their production requirements by ensuring that all components meet their unique requirements,” concludes Enslin. “Additionally, we work with system integrators and OEMs in a supporting role, assisting with project planning, costing, customised or standard software solutions, as well as design recommendations and commissioning.”


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