Such short delivery times for special-purpose machines place high demands on machine design and planning. Christoph Bestle, who has been responsible for programming electrical systems, creating circuit diagrams and PLC programming at MatriX since 2009, uses the WAGO I/O PRO
development environment – based on CODESYS 2 – for control systems to program the WAGO I/O-SYSTEM 750
. Using this system, it was easy for him to manage the high levels of planning effort that are required for new application fields, such as the final assembly tests on packaged, high-value consumer products like smartphones or medical devices. He views WAGO’s I/O components and stepper controllers as modules that can be combined as needed for automation within the framework of a modular machine. Indeed, this is similar to how he views Pilz safety components.
Again and again, the engineers at MatriX experience WAGO as a partner with a comprehensive product portfolio they can always draw on to meet their needs. Martin Sokolowski, Manager of R&D and Engineering at MatriX, believes that this is due to WAGO’s focus on the numerous medium-sized machine manufacturers in Germany. He says: “WAGO also deals with orders in small quantities, thus supporting our development and growth.” Long-term personal contact with his suppliers is as important to him as that with MatriX’s customers.
The IEC 61131-compliant programming system provides the system manufacturer with a great advantage in the form of integrated visualization. Christoph Bestle explains: “We install the engineering tool on every machine. This makes us flexible when small adjustments are needed on location.
By integrating the latest WAGO controller generation in a targeted fashion, as MatriX has been consistently doing for years, the developers are paving the way for use of the new engineering software. One of WAGO’s newest generation PFCs, the PFC200
, is the migration product for the change from the CODESYS-2-based WAGO I/O-PRO to the new e!COCKPIT
system, which is based on CODESYS 3. The PFC200
supports both software generations. The lack of complex changes in the hardware configuration or parts lists makes the transition to e!COCKPIT