We implement complex positioning tasks for our customers in the field of Engineered Systems: The solutions are complex mechatronic systems based on our many years of experience in positioning technology. We work together with the customer at the beginning of each project to develop a robust concept and check the technical feasibility to develop detailed solutions. Interdisciplinary teams take care of implementing in close cooperation with several technical disciplines such as mechanics, drive and control engineering, and measurement technology. Short communication channels, solution-based work, and the high motivation of all participants help us to reach our goal quickly. In order to meet the requirements of our customers, technical adaptations of existing standard products are often necessary - up to completely new designs of entire systems. The exciting aspect of this work: the requirements often take us to the limits of technical possibilities. However, the innovative spirit, joy of challenges, and the willingness to forge ahead, we at PI miCos are able to push those supposed limits even further each time: The solutions developed in this way push us and our customers forward - and secure the technological leadership for us in high-precision positioning technology.
The Electronics and Software Development Group at Eschbach complements the team of experienced mechanical designers with the know-how and the development services for suitable electrical design, integrated electronics, digital control technology, and industrial bus systems.
Our electrical construction team develops the concepts for control cabinets and draws up the details. This results in powerful secondary distribution, low-noise connection of electronics for motion control and, if safety is a customer requirement, we also integrate suitable solutions. This also means that data and power need to be transferred between the control cabinet and the mechanical system. For this purpose, the team and the technical sales department immerse themselves mentally into the planned application in order to develop requirement-specific connections, e.g., for cleanrooms, vacuum or low temperature applications. The electronics team develops analog and digital sensors for position and safety functions or integrates them to achieve the high PI positioning quality. The team develops the solutions for the appropriate automation technology and connection to customer-specific control systems for the architecture of complex machines with several combined degrees of freedom (Engineered Systems). For this purpose, communication architectures based on serial industrial bus systems, mostly EtherCAT, are created and tested. The team's engineers then take the responsibility during the realization phase for starting and operating, and integrating nanometer-precision machines that manage to position loads exactly even if they weigh several tons.
Our Software Team works closely together with the colleagues responsible for starting and operating and the in-house production. The team develops user-friendly software for testing and measuring procedures in production that partially automates and digitizes processes. The measurement data generated during production is collected in databases and used with other technical product information for continuous improvement by analyzing, modeling, and simulating entire product families.
As functions and high demands on the robustness of the entire mechatronic system increase more and more, the team supports the regular systematic analysis of all products. They check for compatibility between mechanics and electronics during firmware updates and tests new mechanics thoroughly before they go into production.