Automating a festo manufacturing machine with an Allen-Bradley PLC

Chand, Praneel and Sepulveda, Joven (2021) Automating a festo manufacturing machine with an Allen-Bradley PLC. Journal of Mechatronics and Robotics . ISSN ISSN: 2617-0345 (In Press)

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Industry equipment such as machinery utilising programmable logic controllers (PLCs) become outdated and obsolete over time. Support for older machines and controllers becomes limited and they become incompatible with new computer operating systems. In the end, they are no longer used by industry. However, obsolete machines can be refurbished and used for teaching or demonstration purposes. Hence, this paper presents the reconditioning of a Festo manufacturing machine by replacing the old Festo PLC with an Allen-Bradley PLC so that it’s compatible with the mini-industrial network in the mechatronics lab. The machine is a Festo MPS storage and retrieval station featuring three axis electromechanical gantries, a gripper, DC motors with encoder feedback, reed switches, and a pneumatic actuator. The I/O connections from these components to the old PLC is traced and a new interface to the Allen-Bradley PLC is established while keeping connectivity with the old Festo PLC for legacy control. This upgrade allows the machine to be used for student training in the automation courses. It also leaves an option for utilising the old Festo PLC if needed. A sample program has been developed to test and verify correct interfacing and operation of the Allen-Bradley PLC and Festo storage and retrieval station.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords that describe the item:Manufacturing, Automation, Recycling, Refurbishing, Festo MPS station, Allen-Bradley PLCs
Subjects:T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Divisions:Schools > Centre for Engineering and Industrial Design
ID Code:7850
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Deposited On:28 Oct 2021 19:23
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