Study of an advanced transport system exploiting magnetic levitation: the Beckhoff XPlanar

Prandin, Tommaso (2023) Study of an advanced transport system exploiting magnetic levitation: the Beckhoff XPlanar. [Laurea magistrale], Università di Bologna, Corso di Studio in Automation engineering / ingegneria dell’automazione [LM-DM270], Documento full-text non disponibile
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The transport system is one of the most important components to be chosen in the design of an automatic machine. There is a wide variety of different choices that can be made in picking this element, each one having its own strengths and its own drawbacks. If it is desired to obtain some elaborate behaviour from the transport system, it is a good idea to think about some flexible and advanced solutions. Among these transport systems, the newest is the Beckhoff XPlanar. This transport system exploits magnetic levitation to move some passive magnetic movers on a completely customizable plane, in an entirely contact-free way. This provides a fast, clean, and noiseless motion, which is extremely desirable in a modern automatic machine. The purpose of this Thesis is to analyse the potentialities and the problems of this new device, starting from the basics. After having presented in detail the topic, an analysis on the hardware components needed to build this system is performed. Then, it is conducted a study on the concepts needed to know how to build a controller having the purpose of dealing with this system. After that, the various types of motion are studied and executed and, later on, some experiments on the real kit are carried out. These studies start from the diagnostic and involve other analyses that are used to test the limits of this transport system. In performing these analyses, it is noticed how the kit presents some problems in reaching the limits of the dynamics. Finally, two different types of station cycle are implemented, which are useful to get a rough idea on the potentialities of this new advanced transport system.

Tipologia del documento
Tesi di laurea (Laurea magistrale)
Autore della tesi
Prandin, Tommaso
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Correlatore della tesi
Corso di studio
Ordinamento Cds
Parole chiave
XPlanar,Beckhoff,magnetic levitation,transport system,PLC programming,TwinCAT
Data di discussione della Tesi
2 Febbraio 2023

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