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Bucket Wheel Reclaimer Reeler Tuning

Data acquisition with ibaPDA and EtherNet/IP

Business benefits

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High speed data acquisition

allows for fast and accurate control system analysis and tuning

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Data continuously recorded

without the need for triggering

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Acts like a "black box"

for your drive system

The Project

iba Oceania designed and implemented a data logging and analysis package to assist in fault finding and tuning of a Reclaimer Reeler control scheme. The Reelers on this machine had been historically problematic, causing production delays and damage to the drive system clutches. The data analysis allowed the engineering team to clearly identify flaws in the existing control scheme. This allowed control improvements to be developed offline, designed to specifically target the issues identified in the data analysis. The new control program was installed and the iba system used to assist in commissioning and tuning the new control improvements. It has resulted in a significant improvement in machine reliability and productivity. The iba system has proved itself to be an invaluable tool for both engineers and operators to monitor and maintain their machine.

The Technology

The Reelers are driven by VVVF drives, controlled by a Rockwell PLC. The iba system is connected to the PLC via an Ethernet/IP interface which allows monitoring of all the control system variables and drive control signals.

"Virtual" signals were used within ibaPDA to apply further processing algorithms to the raw PLC signals. Convenient and powerful data analysis in ibaAnalyzer helped to identify existing issues and to remove them.

iba Products

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ibaAnalyzer

ibaAnalyzer is characterized by its broad capability for analyzing and evaluating data. The application is intuitive and offers an advanced set of functions. The license for analyzing measurement files, which have been generated with the iba system, is free of charge.

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ibaPDA

As the central core of the iba system, ibaPDA has proven itself as one of the most versatile data acquisition systems for maintenance and production for many years. Among the many powerful features of ibaPDA are asset-agnostic acquisition, high-speed synchronous archiving, and real-time streaming analytics.

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ibaPDA is a PC-based system to centrally record data. The recording can be made to store data continuously or event based. The data is filed as so-called DAT-files and can be analysed, processed and archived with the ibaAnalyzer software tool which is free of charge. An efficient report generator allows for the creation of customized analytical reports. ibaPDA-Interface-Ethernet-IP allows for data to be captured using the Ethernet/IP protocol over TCP/IP for Rockwell PLCs.

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