Contactless power and data transmission for transport system

24 January 2022

With an innovative No Cable Technology (NCT) solution its XTS intelligent transport system Beckhoff can offer a huge increase in machine flexibility.

The solution is made possible by contactless power supply and synchronous real-time data communication, which enables individual XTS movers to be expanded into mobile handling and processing stations.

The modular XTS system has been expanded with NCT to include a special motor module as well as electronics that can be mounted on the movers. The hardware required for the transmission technology is fully integrated into the motor module, so existing functionalities and compact set-up are retained. No additional connections or supply lines are needed. 

The control of the hardware on the mover is via TwinCAT and all known TwinCAT functionalities are available for simple project implementation.

NCT makes it possible to process and check the quality of products on the mover while the process is running. Sufficient power and fast communication enable easy connection of sensors and actuators. The data communication is said to be real-time capable and can synchronise system-wide events with ┬Ás accuracy, opening up new solution options especially in the areas of product handling, machining and measuring in parallel with product transport, as well as adapting production machines for rapidly changing production requirements.

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