MACHINE AND PROCESS CONTROL SYSTEM VARICONTROL VC 1

One control platform for all tasks

With the VariControl VC 1 machine and process control system, Bihler emphasizes the keywords „Ease of Use“ and „Process Safety“ at a new, higher level. With state of the art software and hardware features, the intelligent control system guarantees greater efficiency in your production. The highly flexible control platform allows you to easily control even the most complex automation solutions in the field of stamping and forming assembly technology – on all Bihler machine types.

 

Highlights: Simple, fast machine setup without programming experience

  • Short setup times

  • Minimized risk of error

  • Increased machine performance

  • Increased machine availability

  • Reduced manufacturing costs

  • Reduced tool spare parts costs

     

    Setup without an external programming device

  • Significant cost savings

Direct programming of NC process modules or valve controllers with simple input masks in the control system

  • Simple integration of additional servo process modules such as NC units, feeds, presses, strip transport, thread forming or screw fastening units and controls for special functions
  • Application range of VC 1 universally expandable
  • Flexible use for all Bihler machines and servo-based special solutions
  • Control of valve banks or single solenoid valves including end position controls programmable with simple input masks

Freely configurable production menus and user interfaces

  • Can be individually adapted for any application by the customer

Multimedia diagnostic and online help system

  • Easy to operate even for less highly qualified employees
  • Clear, unambiguous instructions
  • Simple integration of operating instructions, help texts, graphics, films and individual hot spots for the rapid combining of functions

Integrated recording of measured values and production data

  • Efficient process monitoring
  • High level of transparency during production
  • Integration into any in-house customer network via standardized OPC UA interface (MES / ERP)
  • Worldwide access capability
  • Automatic documentation of processes/manufactured parts
  • Extremely simple networking of machines for streamlined production planning
  • Minimum downtime

Simple integration of subsequent processes

  • Production systems become scalable
  • The machine grows in step with the requirements (quality, throughput, level of automation)
  • Low initial investment
  • Reusable for new products

Remote maintenance capacity via secure Internet connection (VPN) and Bihler remote maintenance portal

  • Improved support and enhanced security
  • Fewer service interventions
  • Very short reaction times
  • Cost savings
  • Alternative support with AR glasses

Online change of operating language

  • Possible to change language during system operation
  • No downtime

Ready for digital manufacturing (Industry 4.0)

  • Secure communication and simple networking with external systems for evaluation via OPC UA with connection to MES (Manufacturing Execution System) production control systems
  • OPC UA interface for connection to external order management such as ERP system (Enterprise Resource Planning) – ERP, among other things, sends production orders to the VC 1 control System
  • Minimizing downtime through constant online diagnostics of the machine and all processes

Contact

Richard Wagner
Head of Control Technology

Otto Bihler Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG
Lechbrucker Str. 15
87642 Halblech
Germany

Tel.: +49(0)8368/18-281
E-Mail: richard.wagner@bihler.de