By virtue of the increasing amount of automated systems, the importance of monitoring and controlling these complex systems rises, too. Obviously, the automated systems should be operated with minimum staff deployment. Therefore, it is necessary to offer tools to the operators for controlling the processes. “SCADA” is typically mentioned in this context, which integrates computer systems for exactly these monitoring- and controlling- tasks and relieves the operators. The definition of SCADA is given below, explaining, where it is used, and how it works.
In this project, the arm of a bucket excavator was equipped with a computer-controllable interface. In the context of the project, a control system for hydraulic cylinders was developed. Furthermore, algorithms for the distributed control approaches were designed and optimized for a Volvo bucket excavator.