SCS Automation and Control Ltd was established in 1997.
A Systems Integrator for
Rockwell Automation, and
products focusing on high quality motion control solutions for the food,
inspection, packaging and manufacturing
industries. Our aim is to fit in with the customers requirements, at any level
defined by the customer. Click on any picture below to enlarge, or appropriate
links to discover more about the application.
Rockwell Automation - Motion Integrator
Using the Rockwell Automation
we have successfully automated a wide range of processes, interfacing to
existing hardware, or developing new hardware solutions to meet new needs.
We can also pick on a number of other suppliers to provide the best solution
for any project.
Let SCS Automation help you achieve Operational
and Energy Efficiency with Intelligent Motor Control.
Increased manufacturing costs and
increased competition have made it a business necessity to improve your
overall operational and energy efficiency at your manufacturing
facilities. You can accomplish this by using Rockwell Automation®
Intelligent Motor Control solutions to monitor and protect your motors,
enhance motor performance and make your motor systems more reliable and
easier to use.
With electric motors as the driving
force behind most production output, improved motor control performance
and motor efficiency means greater overall production efficiency. The
technology behind Intelligent Motor Control — including variable
frequency drives, intelligent software and networked motor condition
monitoring devices — is capable of providing you with both an immediate
and measurable impact on energy use and operational efficiency.
Custom made linear actuators.
Example here shows a twin motor or a common
rail, both capable of running independently. Applications include
adjustment of optics, gripping systems requiring fine torque control and
gauge alignment. Available with linear encoders with resolutions down to
0.1um, or without encoder, using built in analogue halls - 6.5um.
Sticky tape un wind unit.
In conjunction with our mechanical build
partner, an unwind unit for handling stick packed tape and present to a
process machine. This unit provided tension control to prevent over
stretching the tape and feeding into a lazy loop system.
Pressure testing module for charging a Unit
Under Test with up to 120psi of air pressure. Any leaks are observed by
monitoring air flow after a preset charge time.
High Speed Linear Actuator.
Developed for a leading encoder manufacturer
to demonstrate their range of linear encoders at high speed. This
demonstrator controls two linear motors on the same rail up to speeds of 10M
/ Second, with a 10um encoder.
Fast Feed Changer.
with a 25 m fully steerable antenna has a diverse range of applications.
Originally designed as a sensitive receiver for radio astronomy and
radiowave propagation studies, it has subsequently also been used as a
weather radar and a satellite ground station. Only one feed can occupy the
focal point at a time. A cabin at the focus houses the feed as well as the
receiver front end. Each application requires a different feed
arrangement. To maximise the use of the antenna, SCS designed and built a 4
head Fast Feed Change System. Based around the
Kinetix2000 system and linear slides.
Copley Linear Actuator Flying shear.
System to cut product on the move using two
Copley linear actuator. Running simultaneous electronic CAMs linked to a
encoder mounted on the in-line conveyor system.
High Speed Eddy current and vision NDT
AutoInspec machine for presenting components
under test to be inspected on the inside using eddy current techniques, and linescan vision
techniques on the outside.
High Speed Component sorting with vision
Third party equipment can be specified, sourced,
procured, and developed. Here is an example of a twin lane bowl feeder,
feeding a 120ppm, with sorting and selection using twin Checker Cameras.
Multiply parts can be selected using control lines on the camera. Below is a
video sorting components using more traditional methods.
EMC Test chamber
chamber is a metallic room of about 8m x 4m x 5m, a paddle was constructed
from Aluminium Plates fitted to a shaft, the resulting Paddle would be
approximately 2m diameter by 3.5M long, mounted on a horizontal shaft
running across the middle or the Chamber. The aim was to rotate the Paddle
in a stepped manner, with precision control with two methods of
operation, continuous rotation & stepped. Continuous mode required a speed
of between 0.05rpm to 4 rpm. In the stepped method the system needed to
dwell at each position indefinitely, typically there would be a few hundred
steps in a rotation.
Multi Axis control systems
Standard multi - axis control systems, XYZ and
Theta axis control system built to the exacting standards of our customer, using the flexible
Ultra 3000, Kinetix
2000 or 6000 bus system servo drives. Example
here shows Control Logix PLC with traditional VCS
interfaces. Others option include Ethernet, DeviceNet or Sercos interfaces
using Control Logix, Compact Logix or SLC500
PLC, or PAC (Process Automation Controllers.)
Retro-Fit design and build work
Retro fit work, up-grading existing production equipment with servo based motion and control to increase productivity. With careful planning with production and maintenance staff, this system was in place and working over a weekend.
Here cables were installed prior shut down, software developed and tested
pre delivery ensuring a trouble free change over. The control of these
servos were added to an existing Control Logix PLC, by simply adding a
3 axis Sercos module, and additional code.
Man Machine Controls
Man machine operator interfaces development.
Here shows the Allen Bradley 600 colour Panel View system.
Teach / Learn and playback systems
Component manipulator to repeating multiple
tasks. X,Y,Z and Q axis to position the parts, with a bespoke work head. The
system uses Control Logix and an SCS developed teach
and playback program.
Sorting machine module, using Cognex In-Sight
cameras. Here configured for sorting spent batteries. The controller
is based around the Ultra 5000 intelligent
drive, also used as the ejector control.
Coil winding machine developed to provide
multi-winding with variable pitch and length capability. The number of and
speed of winds is powered by a Rockwell Nema range
of brushless motor.
Torque control and monitoring
Bespoke Ultra 3000
Drive in a box, complete with start/ stop control and status lamps. BNC
connections on the side allow for Torque Monitoring. Similar units made to
order, call SCS for details.
A complete control system for measuring the
unique parameters of a customers component. Producing design proposals
through to software and the build and test of the finished unit in
production. Here a Baldor BXII is used with two Copley Junus amplifiers driving two ElectroCraft Brushed motors with encoder
Here is an example of a small control panel. We
can build to existing drawings, or produce design drawings from your
specifications. This included a speed monitoring circuit to release guard
doors when the motor is in a stationary state.
The stem drilling
control panel. A process which has been developed for drilling small
deep holes using acid electrolytes. The system controls the
electrolyte as its fed through an insulated titanium tube. The
tube or electrode is carefully straightened and guided into the
workpiece material. The system provides a voltage between 6
and 20 volts applied to the electrode causes anodic dissolution of
the positive metal ions to take place in the gap between electrode
and work piece. This voltage is periodically reversed to prevent the
building up of undissolved metal ions on the electrode tip. The
electrolyte is pumped down the tubes to return via a narrow gap
between the tube insulation and the hole wall. The return
electrolyte is filtered and re-circulated. A servo drive controls
the a constant feedrate and set such that the rate of electrode
advance is matches the rate of metal ion removal.
The SCS AutoInspect machine shown here uses a
Cognex Line scan vision system to inspect top and bottom packaging
labels for the correct bar code, promotional test, best before date, and use
by dates. Down load sales manual.
Mechanical interfacing. Using the latest design
tools we are able to match precisely the load inertia to the motor to obtain
the optimum performance. Here we see a Rockwell Motor type
H6200 direct driving a Hepco Belt linear
actuator. The video below shows an application capable of operating up to
speeds of 10M / Sec with acceleration / decelerations up to 5G
Bespoke printed circuit board designs for
various applications, including induction heater amplifier (shown here),
interface adapters and other special purpose modules.
An example of a larger panel, built to customers designs,
incorporating 3 axis of Ultra Servo drives, and a Baldor multi axis
Control Logix application driving X and Z axis
on a high speed simulator. X Axis is configured as a master slave system.
Due to the high speeds involved and fast acceleration / deceleration, shunt
resistors are used to dump excessive power
Be-spoke speed controller, with digital
readout, remote enable utilising the Copley 412CE brushed motor controller.
For more information.
Plug in analogue positioning card with Dead
band amplifier for the Copley Motion 412CE brushed amplifier.
Download more information.
Electro Craft BRU 100 / 105 / 200 range of
amplifiers to Ultra 100 / 200 amplifier kit, easily converts your existing
wiring to connect into the Ultra amplifiers, utilising in many cases the
same motor / feedback system.