I attended the Bosch Rexroth CNC Course in Detroit on October 15th. It was an excellent course that went through a variety of topics. I was very fortunate to receive this course thanks to the great folks at Bosch Rexroth. My investment was my time and my company (Virtual Photons Electrons) paid for all the expenses. There is no substitute for sitting down and getting hands-on training. As my grandfather Melvin Thompson told my father when he told him he was going to college at St. Olaf, "you don't learn how to milk a cow by reading a book." I am convinced you can not truly learn anything without getting your hands dirty and doing it, however you need both - theory and practice.
Below is the setup that each attendee had for the hands-on course. This was the first day of class so you can see a very simple ladder logic program that I was just starting to create. From right to left on the photo below you see:
- The PC running the IndraWorks Engineering IDE (as well as other software, such as IndraWorks Operations, and other software including simulators),
- To the left of the screen is the CNC/PLC which in this case is an IndraControl L65 (which has an Intel Celeron M/1 GHz, 512MB RAM, 8MB SRAM, 1 GB Compact Flash, with SERCOS II, PROFIBUS, Ethernet, real-time ethernet - I/O including 8 digital input and 8 digital output with the power supply to drive it)
- Think of this as the brain of the overall system
- To the far left is the IndraDrive Cs which is the system that is also known as the motion controller. These controls will drive/control manufacturing equipment (at a very low level) such as those motors or devices that one might find in a machine tool or a conveyor line (to name just two examples).