AE-PLC-P Automatic Pressing Workstation



The "AE-PLC-P" workstation includes a set of practical exercises through which the student will understand how to control an automatic pressing system with a pneumatic handling system.



The "AE-PLC-P" is an automatic pressing workstation commanded by a PLC. The "AE-PLC-P" moves the pieces from the input zone tothe pressing zone, once the piece is detected in the pressing zone, the "AE-PLC-P" emulates pressing the pieces with a hydraulic actuator.

The "AE-PLC-P" workstation is designed as a modular system to facilitate the understanding of the unit. The main components are:

  • The PLC: is composed by the CPU limit and all extra modules needed to perform a corrent working of the workstation and all the extramodules needed to perform a correct working of the workstation.
  • The control panel: with start/stop button, emergency pushbutton, reset button, light indicators to show current state of the process, etc.
  • The pneumatic circuit: contains the required solenoid valves, the pressure components, the filters and regulators to assure the appropriate working of the unit.
  • The Hydraulic circuit: contains the required solenoid valves, actuators, filters and regulators to assure the appropriate working of the unit.
  • The workstation: is composed by real industrial components used by the industrial pressing systems with pneumatic manipulator suchas reed sensors, presence sensors, rotary actuators, vacuum cups, etc.

The "AE-PLC-P" is an independent workstation that can work alone and/or in conjunction with other workstation to make up a complete Flexible Manufacturing system*.

*The Flexible manufacturing systems product list is available at "Flexible Manufacturing Systems (FMS)" area of the general catalogue.



  1. Introduction to flexible manufacturing system (FMS).
  2. Introduction to pneumatics and electro-pneumatics.
  3. Introduction to hydraulics and electro-hydraulics.
  4. Introduction to vacuum technology.
  5. Study of the sensor detection.
  6. Configuration of a pneumatic application.
  7. Configuration of a hydraulic application.
  8. Manual control of a Pressing system.
  9. Automatic control of a Pressing system.
  10. Change the parameters of the Pressing process.
  11. Optimization of the process time.
  12. Study and analysis of the faults inserted in the process with the fault generation module.