High speed programmable controller
SAFphire is a Programmable Linear Controller designed specifically for closed-loop coordinated drive control applications. SAFphire controllers offer single digit millisecond scan times to allow for high performance dynamic responses.
With two built in ethernet ports and a variety of analog and digital IO cards, the SAFphire has the ability to integrate into a system with a variety of other devices and also has the ability to interface to both AC and DC drives from a number of different manufacturers. The ethernet ports allow the SAFphire to also interface to most of the well-known PLC and HMI’s on the market today.
Programming and troubleshooting are done via the SBL32 windows application using predefined function blocks.
The inclusion of Drive specific function blocks simplifies complex regulator design. SAFphire is used in applications such as:
- Rolling Mills
- Process Lines
- Printing Presses
- Material Handling
- Lumber and Paper Mills
When engineers are challenged with designing control systems that require the coordination of multiple drives and precise control combining one or more complex linear variables such as tension, torque, position or speed, common challenges are encountered:
• Slow update times provided by PLC and DCS systems
• Unreliable or obsolete hard-wired analogue control cards
• Difficulty diagnosing problems and troubleshooting issues
SAFphire was developed to resolve these issues and simplify the implementation of complex closed loop control systems using the following features:
- High speed digital signal processing
- Servo-like tension and position control
- Windows based graphical function block programming language
- Pre-defined drive-oriented control blocks
- User created macros
- Scope and chart recorder functions for diagnostics
- On-screen help
- Remote support for program changes and troubleshooting
- Fibre optic communication to AC and DC drives from ABB and SAF
Programming is done via SBL32 programming software. This software is supported to run from Windows XP up to Windows 10. Parameters are viewed on line in numeric or graphical form. SBL32 programming software includes built in Block Documentation. Built in Scope and Chart recorder functionality allows for the graphical display of signals. An Ethernet connection can be used for programming and diagnostics allowing for fast updates while loading programs or trouble shooting the system.
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