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IA 210 PLC Application: Materials Handling Process Show data sheet (pdf file) Print page
Technical Description

  IA 210 is a compact teaching and practice unit for the control of a materials handling process using a PLC. Two processes can be simulated: a punching process, or workpiece control in the form of a sort operation. All components are in a clearly laid out design.
  Black and white cylindrical workpieces are fed from a container onto a conveyor belt. On the belt is a reflex photoelectric proximity switch which differentiates between light and dark and feeds the white items to the pre-selected process (punching or sorting). The black workpieces are always carried to the end of the belt, where they drop into a collector.
Three 5/2-way solenoid valves, three double-acting cylinders and a pneumatic roller pushbutton can be operated via the PLC to execute the necessary steps: releasing the workpiece from the container; pushing the workpiece onto the conveyor belt; sorting or punching the workpiece. For punching, the workpiece is brought to a predefined position. The working cylinder can switch between sorting and punching modes by a simple sequence of actions.
  The unit is designed for operation in conjunction with a PLC module. Use of PLC module IA 130 is recommended.
  The well-structured instructional material sets out the fundamentals and provides a step-by-step guide through the experiments.

Learning Objectives / Experiments

- Familiarisation with and analysis of an automated

  materials handling process
  * understanding and analysis of the mechanical,

      pneumatic and electrical functions
  * familiarisation with the symbols, terms and

     modes of representation of pneumatic and

     electrical function diagrams
  * familiarisation with automation components:

     cylinders, solenoid valves, photoelectric proximity

- Familiarisation with the use of a PLC
  * basic methods of programming
  * adapting the program to the given handling

- Simulation of a punching process
  * conveyor belt is stopped for punching
  * conveyor belt also stops as soon as workpiece

     drops from belt end 
- Workpiece control simulation
  * light-coloured workpieces are separated out; dark

     items reach the belt end


* Automation fundamentals system1
* Handling demonstrator1

* Simulation of a punching process1
* Simulation of workpiece control

Available accessories
IA 130 -- PLC Module
Alternative products
IA 520 -- Computer Integrated Manufacturing and Handling System
RT 800 -- PLC Application: Mixing Process

[1] Compact unit for experiments in the field of automation
[2] Handling device with solenoid valves
[3] Double-acting cylinder (15mm stroke): fixing / discharge of workpieces to container
[4] Double-acting cylinder (80mm stroke): pushes workpiece onto conveyor belt
[5] Double-acting cylinder (40mm stroke): executes the process (sorting or punching)
[6] Conveyor belt with guide plates and DC motor
[7] Cylindrical Plexiglas storage container holding 11 workpieces
[8] 15 workpieces made of Polyoxymethylene (POM): 10x white, 5x black
[9] Pneumatic components fitted with quick-release couplings for 4mm hoses
[10] Operation of actuators with compressed air
[11] Lab jacks to external PLC
[12] Set of laboratory cables and pneumatic hoses
[13] Compressed air supply: max. 6bar, 3bar recommended


Technical Data

3 electrically operated 5/2-way valves
- with spring return
- with pilot valve
Reflex photoelectric proximity switch
- pnp, light-switching
- 5...150mm
Geared DC motor
- reduction ratio: 142,5 : 1
- nominal torque 5,92Nm
- nominal speed: 22min-1
Polyester weave conveyor belt
Workpieces, d x h: 40x20mm


Dimensions and Weight
l x w x h: 1000x450x580mm
Weight: approx. 40kg
Required for Operation
230V, 50/60Hz, 1 phase or 120V, 60Hz/CSA, 1 phase
Compressed air supply: max. 6bar, 3bar recommended
Scope of Delivery

1 experimentation set-up, complete,
15 workpieces
1 set of laboratory cables

2 collector bins
1 set of instructional material

Order Details

058.21000  IA 210  PLC Application:

                                Material Handling Process

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