Out of the box ConveyLinx-Ai is a zero pressure accumulation controller for either two Senergy Motors or Pulse Gear Drives. This is accomplished by connecting two drive motors, two sensors, supplementary I/O, and an Standard Cat5 Shielded ethernet cable to the next downstream card.
After wiring is completed, you must install the free downloadable software package EasyRoll. After installation, a PC is connected to the first or last ConveyLinx-Ai card by using a standard Ethernet cable. EasyRoll then initiates automatic addressing and configuration for Zero Pressure Accumulation operations of each card connected. Further changes to the configuration can also be accomplished by using EasyRoll. There is a wide range of parameters that can be adjusted, for example all timers, roller speed, acceleration and deceleration, direction of transportation and many more features only found in ConveyLinx-Ai.
When it comes to more complex conveyors, ConveyLinx-Ai can be directly connected to a Siemens PLC by using ProfiNet standard bus. All required GSD files are available. Once a PLC is connected it may take control over any and every zone in the conveyor system if required. There are certain levels of “Control” a PLC can use such as “ZPA Mode” which allow you basic control over the system such as motor speed, accumulation points, and tracking. There is also a PLC mode which gives you access of every single I/O and register available on the card which effectively turns the card into a motor starter and I/O block. ConveyLinx-Ai Ethernet capabilities also allow for EthernetIP and ModbusTCP as well giving you many more options for PLC connectivity.
ConveyLinx-Ai also supports internal Tracking for you ZPA system. Tracking Data can be passed from Zone to Zone automatically as product travel down the conveyor system. If there are complex mechanical control on the Conveyor such as Pushers, transfers, mergers, or diverters, then you can used the internal tracking to make the appropriate decision.
Our software tool, ConveyLogix, allows you to create your own customized programs and download directly into ConveyLinx-Ai for control of all motors and I/O, effectively transforming the module into a fully functional PLC. This type of control makes it perfect for controlling the more complex mechanical devices on a system without the use of another PLC.
When the conveyor is fully configured and ready for operation, a backup of all parameters and settings can be made to save them for further use. However this backup file is not required for later adjustments or changes to the conveyor. All further changes and adjustments only need an installed version of EasyRoll on the laptop.