*This article is in collaboration withPhoenixContact. The original Dutch version can be readhere.



图片:vertidrive M8在行动清洁中

Safe, sustainable, and fast cleaning

VertiDrive develops and produces safe, sustainable, and efficientrobotic crawler solutionsfor steel surface preparation activities, such as abrasive and hydro blasting, (U)HP washing and cleaning in maritime, offshore, and petrochemical industries.

‘’由于我们的遥控解决方案,工作人员可以从地面安全距离进行大部分活动。欧宝娱乐在线客服因此,将花费在危险高度上花费的时间最小化,使这种方法比传统的爆破和清洁大型钢结构更安全。Rens van den Berg, Product Development Engineer at VertiDrive.

“此外,我们的爆破和机器人washing solutions deliver consistently higher quality, cost savings up to 80 percent, and are up to 8 times faster than manual methods. Because of the robot’s efficiency, it is also a more environmentally friendly solution since the robots consume less (fresh) water and use less cleaning agents.’’Rens van den berg, Product Development Engineer at VertiDrive.

For a new generation of cleaning robots, VertiDrive needed an industrial control platform that would offer much more openness and flexibility than the classic PLC. First, to allow non-experienced robot operators to work even safer, faster, and more cost-efficiently. And second, to be able to offer VertiDrive customers maximum service now and in the future.

PLCnext Technology offers the solution

The combination of a classic PLC with an industrial PC, an obvious solution, would be too large in terms of dimensions and increase the chance of malfunctions. An integrated, compact control solution would provide many more benefits for both the customer and the hardware, software, and service engineers.

Rens van den Berg and his colleagues at VertiDrive saw that the PLCnext Technology not only offers the necessary openness and flexibility for this but also makes it possible to use other programming languages and tools for real-time, deterministic control applications. This allows certain control applications to be developed faster, better, and with higher quality. This is especially important now that there is an increasing scarcity of programmers trained in PLC programming.

Most innovative cargo hold cleaning robot

TheM8 Cargo Hold Cleaneris VertiDrive’s latest generation cleaning robot controlled by a PLCnext Controller. Thanks to the integrated lane assistance, the different cleaning programs, and the user-friendly Teach-in functionality, the M8 robot stays perfectly on schedule and offers maximum results with high accuracy. The wireless control allows the operator to easily operate the high-pressure nozzles up to 3000 bar of the robot from a safe distance (500 Bar for the M8). These and other smart features already make the M8 the most innovative cleaning robot in its class.

VertiDrive M8 Cargo Hold Cleaning Robot

Unlimited Possibilities

Rens foresees that an infinite number of more innovative functions can be integrated thanks to the PLCnext Technology: “Consider, for example, an automatic Teach-in function. Because Open Source Software can also be used for the control application, we can add completely new functionalities to the cleaning robot.”

On thePLCnext Community, you will find a lot of information about the possibilities of the PLCnext Technology and knowledge is shared. But Phoenix Contact also offers expert support and good training. For example, Rens and his colleague Justus attended the PLCnext Technology workshop, after which they had the necessary knowledge for a flying start.

Have a look at the M8 solution

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