Automation Canada Quarterly Volume 2 Issue 5 - 14

ADVANCING AUTOMATION

ALL ABOUT CTRLX AUTOMATION
WITH DAVE HINDER
BY SARAH PICKARD
What if customizing your factory
automation could be as easy as
downloading an app? That's the reality
Bosch Rexroth seeks to provide with the
ctrlX AUTOMATION system. Dubbed the
'smartphone of automation', the ctrlX
AUTOMATION system seeks to make
automation more user friendly, and give
more control to smaller manufacturing
companies who may not be able to
develop their own specialized applications
while using standard control systems.
During this year's German Technology
Day, we headed over to the Bosch Rexroth booth to sit down with Dave Hinder,
Product Manager, Electric Drives & Controls, to learn more about this system.
Q: So, what sort of apps are available with this system?
A: Motion, PLC, IoT, Firewall, VPN etc. You can also create your own apps using
any programming language supported by Linux. Ie. C+, Python, Google
Blockly, Java, Javascript, etc.
Q: Where do you see ctrlX AUTOMATION having the biggest impact?
A: Everywhere! This automation not only works for machine automation, but
also places like building automation, controlling climate, security, etc. Because
of the endless possibilities, your imagination is the only limitation to the uses of
ctrlX AUTOMATION. You can be sure that in the next 5 to 10 years this way of
doing things will be the standard. ctrlX AUTOMATION is just the logical step to
the future for automation.

C A N A D I A N A U TO M AT I O N

Q: Are there any particular sectors that have really grasped onto this
system? Mining, food and beverage, etc?
A: Cartesian robots are our initial focus customer applications. Any product
handling applications where blended point to point movements are needed.
Next will be printing and converting and packaging machinery. Later on, we
will be offering CNC control as well.
Q: If I wanted to install this system, is there any specialized equipment I
would need, or is it a matter of software installation?
A: Depends on what you want to do, ctrlX AUTOMATION offers a complete
flexible hardware system for your machine design. What you are doing would
dictate what products are needed. For persons working from home, you can
start a project and get a lot of it developed virtually without having any
hardware!
Q: Approximately what stage would the hardware begin to be necessary?
A: It all depends on the application. In some cases, you could do most of the
program and just finish it off with the hardware.
Q: Anything else particularly interesting about the ctrlX AUTOMATION?
A: ctrlX AUTOMATION also geared toward the future generation of persons:
'the 'y' generation that are familiar with the modern programming languages
and will be the ones developing new machines and automated solutions. ctrlX
AUTOMATION has been designed to reduce its overall footprint within the
control cabinet. Using the most modern power technologies and processes
enabled Bosch Rexroth to minimize the cabinet volume required by the
components. ctrlX AUTOMATION also provides a new ctrlX WORLD app
ecosystem and ctrlX developer community to help new users understand,
grow and develop their ideas.

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Automation Canada Quarterly Volume 2 Issue 5

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Automation Canada Quarterly Volume 2 Issue 5

Cover page
Table of Contents
Advancing Microdrives
Yaskawa Ad
Enertic's Article P.1
Enertic's Article P.2
Enertic's Article P.3
ABB Ad
EC Titanium Article
Motor Disconnect Switches P.1
Motor Disconnect Switches P.2
WEG/SEEL Article P.1
WEG/SEEL Article P.2
ctrlX Article
Motor Maintenance P.1
Automation Canada Quarterly Volume 2 Issue 5 - Cover page
Automation Canada Quarterly Volume 2 Issue 5 - Table of Contents
Automation Canada Quarterly Volume 2 Issue 5 - Advancing Microdrives
Automation Canada Quarterly Volume 2 Issue 5 - Yaskawa Ad
Automation Canada Quarterly Volume 2 Issue 5 - Enertic's Article P.1
Automation Canada Quarterly Volume 2 Issue 5 - Enertic's Article P.2
Automation Canada Quarterly Volume 2 Issue 5 - Enertic's Article P.3
Automation Canada Quarterly Volume 2 Issue 5 - ABB Ad
Automation Canada Quarterly Volume 2 Issue 5 - EC Titanium Article
Automation Canada Quarterly Volume 2 Issue 5 - Motor Disconnect Switches P.1
Automation Canada Quarterly Volume 2 Issue 5 - Motor Disconnect Switches P.2
Automation Canada Quarterly Volume 2 Issue 5 - WEG/SEEL Article P.1
Automation Canada Quarterly Volume 2 Issue 5 - WEG/SEEL Article P.2
Automation Canada Quarterly Volume 2 Issue 5 - ctrlX Article
Automation Canada Quarterly Volume 2 Issue 5 - Motor Maintenance P.1
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