Hannover Messe 2019 Meeting automation requirements in industry 4.0: The potential of easy-operation components

| Editor: Theresa Knell

Yaskawa is showing its new GA500 frequency converter and the i3-Mechatronics solution “Yaskawa Cockpit”, which will be available to customers from summer 2019 as a further development of “Edition 1”. The enhanced GA500 expands the current generation of frequency converters by an especially compact model for industrial applications: this handy converter offers 800 parameters, forming a very comprehensive portfolio of functions for optimal solutions for almost every drive task.

The new development GA500 makes its world premiere in Hannover and expands the current generation of frequency converters by an especially compact model for industrial applications.
The new development GA500 makes its world premiere in Hannover and expands the current generation of frequency converters by an especially compact model for industrial applications.
(Source: Yaskawa)

Despite this broad range, it is child’s play parameterising it in five minutes by answering simple questions. In industrial production, commissioning is not only simplified substantially by the easy handling, but also significantly shortened. A further special point is that the GA500 is suitable for all kinds of motors, and thus for permanent-magnet motors too.

With the current “digital pact” for schools particularly in mind, a project class from the Hans-Dietrich Genscher School (HDG) in Wachtberg by Bonn shows what simple programming and operation can mean when it comes to industrial robots, with live demonstrations at Yaskawa’s fair booth. With the project “hdg robotic 4.0”, supported by Yaskawa, this distinguished community middle school is opening up new paths in communicating digitisation and technology competence.

Getting pupils fit for digitisation

This optional supplementary course makes pupils in the 7th to 9th classes fit for digitisation and provides key qualifications in the fields of programming and controlling microcontrollers and robots.

The i3-Mechatronics solution “Yaskawa Cockpit”, presented for the first time at the last Hannover Messe, is a topic in 2019 again, for this software will now be available for customers from summer 2019 as an enhanced “Edition 1”. Via this platform, data from components, robots or entire installations, including products from third-party suppliers, can be collected in real time and the information generated from it visualised attractively, understandably and relevantly, and also evaluated.

Robotics is playing a particularly significant role in the trend towards simple and flexible automation, as Yaskawa shows with a range of robotic exhibits. These include solutions for machine feeding and collaborative robots – in some cases mobile in a DTS (driverless transport system) – and extend to a gallery of planned models from Yaskawa’s first European robot production. Visitors will no doubt be keen to see the new and enlarged Motoman HC20 collaborative robot.

New turbo-electric motor for 100 and 600 kW

Yaskawa’s Environmental Energy Division (EED), specialising in the business fields wind, marine and industrial turbine applications, presents a new turbo-electric motor for the power range 100 to 600 kW. In contrast to comparable drives, this new development reaches the necessary high rotational speeds of 6000 to 20.000 min-1 without additional gears. It proves to be well ahead of conventional solutions with gears, with decisive advantages regarding compactness and service lifetime: the gearless turbo-motor requires 50 % less space, for example, and simultaneously needs less intensive maintenance because it consists of fewer components, the maker informs us.

Visit Yaskawa Europe GmbH at Hannover Messe in Hall 17, Booth B50.

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