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User-friendly machine operator interface

May 1, 2009   Canadian Plastics



User-friendly machine operator interface

Standard-Knapp is introducing the new Operator Interface, a graphically driven interface that can be customized to each Standard-Knapp machine, and that utilizes colour touch-screen technology to offer a new level of intuitive machine control.

Through computer-aided fault recovery, it reduces Mean Time to Recover (MTR) and increases efficiency for challenging 24/7 applications in the food and beverage industries.

The main screen of this innovative solution contains a speedometer that tracks the speed of the machine in number of cases packed per minute. The centre of the speedometer contains a colour-changing button that switches from green to yellow to red to indicate the presence of machine faults and errors.

A product selection screen displays a photograph of each product and allows the operator to easily choose the specific product to be packaged, eliminating costly errors and jamming. With a simple push of the touch-screen image, the machine electronically aligns itself to the size and requirements of the specified product. Further simplifying the process, the corner of each product image contains a coloured box that corresponds to the colour-coded change parts needed to package each product.

Standard-Knapp (Portland, Conn.); www.standard-knapp.com; 860-342-1100

Accurate high performance controller

RKC Instrument announces the release of the FB100 high performance temperature/process controller with an accuracy of 0.1 per cent.

The 1/16 DIN is housed in a panel saving 74 mm short case which has NEMA4X and IP66 waterproof and dustproof protection.

Sampling time can be selected as 50 ms, 100 ms, or 250 ms, depending on the application. A special start-up tuning feature calculates optimum PID values and eliminates time that conventional autotuning requires at start-up. The operator can select from autotuning, advanced autotuning, or a more advanced Brilliant II autotuning feature which allows selectable PID control.

The FB100 has universal input, up to five digital inputs, three digital outputs, A multi-memory area function stores up to eight sets of control parameters and may be set easily through front key operation, DI, or communications. The multi-memory area may be used to create up to 16 segments of ramp/soak control.

A loader port comes standard to permit communication with a PC using its USB port. Win-UCI software is provided to make data monitoring/logging easy in setting control parameters or copying parameters to another FB series controller via PC. Communication capabilities include RS-232C, RS-422A, RS-485 and Modbus.

RKC Instruments (South Bend, Ill.); www.rkcinst-usa.com; 547-273-6099

Acetronic Industrial Controls Inc. (Mississauga, Ont.); 1-800-803-8871

Non-mercury melt pressure transducers

Gneuss Inc. has recently developed the new NTX non-mercury melt pressure transducers and transmitters, offering premium performance and longer life compared to existing mercury, NaK (sodium potassium), and other alternative fill-mediums.

The NTX series meet current high demand for measurement sensors incorporating superior performance and are environmentally safe, having no disposal limitations regarding hazardous waste.

Additional benefits include excellent response, repeatability, and available with higher accuracy up to 0.15 per cent. The sensors are rated to temperatures of up to 930F, and are also very suitable for use in the pharmaceutical and food processing sectors.

The NTX series sensors are interchangeable with other brands, offering most typical configurations regarding flexible capillary, combination melt temperature, electrical outputs, and popular connector options.

Gneuss Inc. (Matthews, N.C.); www.gneuss.com; 704-841-7251


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