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Showing posts with label Control Systems. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Control Systems. Show all posts

Friday, December 11, 2015

CIMTEC Problem Solving

This piece consists of three separate case studies, which highlight the problem-solving ability of CIMTEC. The company names will remain anonymous.

1) Problem / Requirement:

Problems holding tolerances on upstream processes and manual assembly, resulting in high scrap levels of finished products.
Solution: Precision Assembly System
CIMTEC developed an automated assembly using two six-axis robots, with the robot presenting each component to a camera for inspection prior to assembly so out-of-tolerance sub-components would not result in a scrapped final assembly.
The customer not only achieved huge savings by eliminating the amount of scrap, but also increased overall quality and production by detecting faulty components before final assembly.

2) Problem / Requirement:

Scrap on a multi-layer web line was too high, due to problems with web movement causing poor seals.
Solution: Dynamic Tracking System
CIMTEC engineers provided a system that added cameras to measure the web position in both X and Y axes, with servos to move the press based on data from the camera.
The accuracy provided by this measurement system resulted in a measurable reduction in scrap, thus increasing product quality. The savings were dramatic, and the customer is moving forward with similar applications on more lines of productions within the facility.

3) Problem/ Requirement:

The company needed to maintain tighter tolerances on steel plate thickness used by their customers in stamping operations.
Solution: Laser Thickness Measurement System
CIMTEC developed and installed laser thickness monitoring to log dimensions and reject out-of-tolerance steel plate. Data derived from logging over time allowed a reduction in plate thickness from the previous manufacturing method.
The company saved a considerable amount by reducing raw material cost. Data derived from logging over time allowed a reduction in plate thickness from their supplier, saving them hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Monday, July 15, 2013

CIMTEC Automation Invites You to Attend PROFINET Training on Sept. 12th

CIMTEC Automation LLC is participating in the upcoming PROFINET training seminar being held in Raleigh North Carolina on September 12th 2013.

CIMTEC Automation sees this event as a unique opportunity for engineering and technical professionals to gain a thorough understanding of PROFINET. This event is sponsored by CIMTEC and other member organizations making this a free event for all registrants.

profinetThis event will cover:

- Organization behind PROFINET
- System Architecture: PROFINET and other buses

PROFINET Fundamentals
- Industrial Ethernet Overview

… connect IO & a legacy fieldbus?
… get data from sensors/actuators?
… integrate machines & do motion control?
… install my infrastructure & use wireless connections?

Wrap-up and Resources

  Register Now,
  Seating is Limited!

Event Details

Training Class DATE

September 12th 2013Training Class LOCATION

Raleigh, NC (Hilton North Raleigh)

Training Class TIME SCHEDULE

8:00am                Registration and Light Breakfast

8:30am                Class begins

10:00am              Morning Break, coffee and other beverages

12:00noon           Hosted Lunch

1:00pm                Class resumes

3:15pm                Afternoon Break, snacks and beverages

4:30pm                Class ends

  Register Now,
  Seating is Limited!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Camber Inspection System (CIS) from Cimtec Engineered Products

Often during manufacturing process of bars, beams and machined parts maintaining a tight tolerance for straightness, run out and roundness is required. Automating this inspection process can improve productivity, efficiency, quality and throughput.

The Cimtec Camber Inspection System (CIS) utilizes a high accuracy SICK laser based sensor to measure the distance from a fixed position on the users machine to the part to be inspected. As in the most recent example of a bar straightening system for major metals manufacturer in North Carolina, the sensor head was mounted to the ram of the hydraulic press for straightening large diameter metal bars.

During the straightening operation the system performed two (2) full rotations and provided a stop signal to alert the customer’s machine controller of a high or low point during the product rotation. A Horner PLC with integral HMI coordinated the dimensional measurement information and displayed the results to the operator.

The Camber Inspection System (CIS) interprets analog signals from the SICK DT20 HI high accuracy Laser based sensor. This allows the system to determine the high and low positions throughout the product rotation very quickly and accurately. The Camber Inspection System (CIS) can be easily programmed and provides simple product set up selection for the operator.

A visual indicator light and option for audible alarm is also provided to alert the operator when the high or low point is identified around the product circumference. The physical mounting considerations take into account the potentially harsh working environment. The controls are typically housed in a NEMA 4X cabinet capable of being mounted at a typical operator control station.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

CIMTEC Buys Remaining New GE 90-70 Parts from GE IP

All remaining New GE 90-70 PLC Parts are now owned by CIMTEC Automation! We have purchased the last remaining inventory from GE on all 90-70 New PLC parts and have plenty in stock today to keep your 90-70 systems running. The current inventory list includes:

IC697ALG230 IC697MDL250
IC697ALG320 IC697MDL340
IC697BEM711 IC697MDL350
IC697BEM713 IC697MDL653
IC697CHS750 IC697MDL654
IC697CHS782 IC697MDL671
IC697CHS790 IC697MDL740
IC697CMM742 IC697MDL750
IC697CPM790 IC697MDL940
IC697HSC700 IC697PWR711

Check each of these parts on our site to find the quantities available and the latest prices for these last remaining 90-70 PLC parts.

CIMTEC has been supporting the GE 90-70 product line ever since it was introduced in 1987. We have a full team of PLC Engineers to support the product and we fully understand all of the migrations that have taken place in the product line over the year.

In the coming weeks, we will be rounding out our complete 90-70 offering of new parts. As well, we can provide remanufactured 90-70 parts and can repair any 90-70 part in-house with great turnaround times.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

GE-IP Innovation Showcase - Wrightsville Beach - Oct 15

Come see how new collaborative automation solutions from GE Intelligent Platforms will enable you to transform your business

GE Intelligent Platforms is changing what is possible in the world of industrial automation. We invite you to join us for the unveiling of GE’s revolutionary new automation solutions at one of our global Innovation Showcase events.

To register for the Monday, October 15th showcase, please Click Here

Wrightsville Beach Location
The Blockade Runner Beach Resort
275 Waynick Boulevard
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

12:00 Lunch
1:00 Presentation
3:00 Labs

The Future of the Industrial Revolution begins here

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Cimtec to Host GE-IP Innovation Showcase

Cimtec will host the Innovation Showcase stop at GE-IP Headquarters in Charlottesville, VA. on July 10th.

This will be a great chance to see  the GE-IP factory and meet the design team there.   Also be the first to demo GE-IP's new family of products including the RXi

Bernie Anger,  GM of GE-IP Controls and Communications Systems will give his vision for the future of the automation industry.

Sign up below. or call us

GE Intelligent Platforms is changing what is possible in the world of industrial automation. Our innovative new PROFINET-enabled PACSystems controller and I/O solutions, industrial PCs, HMI solutions and cloud-based collaborative automation platforms are re-defining application development, deployment and management, and eliminating the traditional confines of manufacturing and process automation to deliver:

• Improved plant performance

Increase uptime

Lower total cost of ownership

Whether you are developing or deploying new equipment, expanding an existing process, or modernizing your facility, these emerging technologies will transform your approach to automation and dramatically improve productivity.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Cimtec is pleased to announce integration of CDI team

Press Release below...


CIMTEC Automation (Charlotte, NC) today announced that it has acquired Computer Dynamics, Inc. (CDI), formerly a wholly owned subsidiary of GE Intelligent Platforms(GE IP). The acquisition will combine CIMTEC's established distribution base, in-house repair capabilities, and on-line presence with the wide variety of Industrial Computer Platforms and Flat Panel Display systems from CDI

“This acquisition will give our existing customers the ability to continue to purchase most of the products in the CDI product line, will enable us to continue to support our customers through improved customer service, and will allow us to bring products to market more quickly than before,” states CDI Product Manager, Tom Behnke. “The overwhelming feedback from our existing customers has been extremely positive regarding the continuance of the product line.”

For CDI products other than the Wolverine, CIMTEC Automation will provide:
  • Presales support for new product purchases
  • Warranty support for the CDI installed base, excluding the Wolverine product line
  • Out of warranty repair support for the installed base of CDI products
  • Technical support for the CDI installed base
For the past 25 years, CIMTEC Automation has been a leading provider of factory automation products, services and engineered solutions, incorporating PLC products from GE IP, motion control products, vision products and software technology into unique solutions to meet diverse automation challenges. Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, CIMTEC also provides technical and field support services plus complete automation engineering. The company’s Qualitrol ( division has provided repair services for most major PLC lines and offered remanufactured PLC parts for obsolete and discontinued products lines for the past 18 years. Combined with the expertise of our customer service and support staff, CIMTEC Automation offers today’s manufacturers a unique, one-stop automation solution.

Two former CDI employees who have joined CIMTEC will be the points of contact for product and repair inquiries. For Repair and RMA support, contact Tom Behnke (, and for Product inquiries, contact Ryan Nelson ( Tom and Ryan can be reached toll-free (US and Canada) at 1-866-599-6512, or at 704-227-4600.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

New GP4000 Pro-face HMI

Pro-Face America has launched the New GP-4000 series - an innovative new Operator Interface HMI offering extensive connectivity, energy efficient LCD with LED display, and comprehensive features with GP-Pro EX 3.01 HMI Development software.

Pro-Face GP-4000 Series uses the NEW GP-Pro EX v3 with extensive features, expanding functionality and connectivity for every HMI unit.

GP-4000 Series Operator Interface has Best in Class Connectivity, Powerful HMI Functionality and Full Compatibility with Pro-face GP-Pro EX 3.0 and GP-4000 products and projects.

Pro-face Operator Interface Series Overview:
  • Easy to Use: Operators can easily monitor conditions and the operating environment in real time using 3D real parts.

  • Saves Energy: Reduces on-site power consumption in a variety of ways including an on-board LED backlight in all models, and a dimmer setting used to decrease and eventually stand-by the display after being idle for a set period of time.

  • Quick On-site Recovery: Simply touch the alarm message to check the relevant data in chronological sequence.

  • Remote Monitoring: GP-Viewer EX software provides various remote monitoring functions, such as checking the screen of the GP located on a production site from a remote office.

  • Additional information on the GP-4000 series can be found on the Pro-face America website at

Monday, March 5, 2012

Encoders – Measurement in a Compact Size

SICK has a full line of encoders, including Incremental, Absolute, Wire-draw, Linear & Wheeled encoders. These are now the smallest encoders on the market, and SICK offers a complete function set to help solve your most challenging encoder applications.  In addition to its compact size, we offer the DFS-60 series which is completely customizable & programmable to every encoder application.

The new DFS-60 small footprint & compact size mean it can be mounted in space constrained areas and is easier and less expense to install.  The DFS-60 provides encoder solutions in an ultra-compact size from SICK, the innovative, global market leader in encoders.

For distances, positions and angles when precise positioning is required, an encoder is unbeatable. For distance measurement applications, the resolution of the encoder is in the micrometer range.

When making angular measurements, it is equivalent to a few thousandth of a degree.


Face mount and servo flange
Compact 2.0 inch housing
Electrical interfaces include TTL/RS422, HTL/push pull, PROFIBUS, CANopen, DeviceNet

Typical Markets:

• Wind turbines                                • Tire assembly equipment

• Servo motors                                 • Sheet and web offset presses / printing machinery

• Overhead cranes                            • Automated storage / retrieval systems

• Packaging machines                      • Robotic systems


SICK has decades of encoder application experience, a vast network of encoder expertise from our application engineers and a highly technical sales force.

About us: From providing product availability and pricing information, to resolving technical problems, the team at CIMTEC is prepared to work closely with you to ensure complete application solution support. For assistance, please call 704-227-4600, click on this link:  SICK Encoders or e-mail our applications group at

Migrating from older GE PLC’s

CIMTEC Automation  has been selling GE PLC’s since the mid-eighties introduction of the Series Six. Many of the PLC’s are still running factories today but there is an ever present fear that should they fail a replacement would not be easy to find. Many controls engineers also recognize that a proactive migration while the system is functioning would be less costly, less risky, and less stressful to all those involved.

While it can be easy to push the latest and greatest technology there can be roadblocks on the path to a newer control system. CIMTEC has developed and executed many migration projects using these steps to ensure a migration can be done with no surprises and for as low a cost as possible.
  1. Customer provides current program running in old system
  2. GE product specialist will review program to develop comprehensive proposal
  3. Upon acceptance of proposal migration begins and involves many steps:
    1. Hardware evaluation:
      1. What modules can stay as is?
      2. What modules require new firmware or chips?
      3. What modules need to be replaced?
    2. Program evaluation:
      1. How many rungs of logic are we dealing with?
      2. How many instructions won’t convert well?
      3. Are the rung comments in the right place?
      4. Do tag names follow current software rules/conventions or will they need to be manually changed?
      5. How complex will the I/O map change be?
      6. Should functions that are available now but were not historically be used to simplify logic?
      7. Are there portions of the program that should be removed entirely as they won’t be necessary?
      8. How much manual intervention will be required?
    3. Program conversion
    4. Proof read of converted program (3 hours to 3 weeks depending on length)
    5. Manual intervention of converted program
    6. Acquisition of proposed hardware
    7. Testing of program in proposed hardware

Delivery and installation of new hardware and converted program.

For more information please contact us

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Looking for GE Field Control?

Through our authorization as a GE Energy distributor, Cimtec now has access to a large inventory of legacy GE Field Control products.

For details,  please review our  Field Control Parts listing or contact Cimtec Inside Sales directly  1-866-599-6507 - Email:

Field Control was designed as a distributed I/O system that could be used with GE IP 90-30, 90-70 and PAC systems, and was used in a wide array of industrial applications where rugged, high performance distributed I/O was required. The heart of the Field Control system is the Bus Interface Unit. The Bus Interface Unit provides intelligent processing, I/O scanning, and feature configuration for a group of up to eight I/O modules. Together, the Bus Interface Unit and its modules make up a Field Control station. All Terminal Blocks must be mounted on a DIN rail. The DIN rail, which serves as an integral part of the grounding system, can also be mounted on a panel.

Field Control Features

Features and benefits of Field Control include:
  • Wiring savings, Better up time
  • Easy installation and maintenance
  • Open architecture / adaptable to a variety of networks  distributed I/O
  • Small, compact I/O modules with generic terminal wiring bases

The GE Intelligent Platform’s Field Control product was introduced in the early 1990’s and they formally discontinued manufacturing in 2008.  It is one of the Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) and I/0 systems of choice for many GE Drive systems, Turbine Control systems and stand-alone automation systems. There is a significant installed base of the Field Control product and GE Intelligent Platforms is trusting GE Energy to provide remanufactured parts and repair services for our mutual valued customers. Many customers will transition and migrate to other control and I/O

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Hirschmann offers lifetime warranty

New Lifetime Warranty Program Provides Customers the Ability to Register Their Devices and Receive an Extended Lifetime Warranty

Hirschmann extends the limited warranty of specific Hirschmann Ethernet products purchased after May 1, 2011 to lifetime.

CIMTEC Automation, an Authorized Hirschmann Distributor, invites you to take part in a limited-time offer from Hirschmann.  Hirschmann is extending the limited warranty on many of its products to a LIFETIME Warranty.

This program applies to purchases made in the United States and Canada and includes the following Ethernet switch families:

RS20, RS30, RS40, RSB20, MS20, MS30, RSR20, RS30, MACH100, MACH1000, OCTOPUS, as well as the BAT family of wireless Ethernet radios and the FiberINTERFACE series of fieldbus fiber media converters/transceivers.

To learn more or to register your switch, go to

Monday, October 17, 2011

Cimtec to Host GE-IP Modernization Workshop Dec 6.

Dec 6, 2011:    Charlotte NC.

Signup information and promotional offer below.

Reduce the complexity, improve the performance, and lower the cost of your distributed control system

This unique workshop will demonstrate how you can save time, reduce hardware cost and improve your system’s performance. See the latest capabilities made possible by Ethernet technology, and learn about powerful integration tools to easily migrate your systems—using the integrated Profinet Network on our PACSystems RX3i controller, VersaMax distributed I/O, and a wide range of third-party devices.

Seats are limited—register below!

Sign up here:

Promotional Offer:   RX3i Profinet Starter Kit rev2

Friday, October 14, 2011

Identifying Registration Marks in Laminate Films

By using a registration mark, not only is the final print of higher quality, but less scrap is created by print passes that do not line up.

Many manufacturing processes rely on registration marks to line up sheet materials for cutting or printing. Some packaging companies use multi-laminate films for their packaging applications, and can require elaborate printed graphics that include several colors. If even one of the colors is offset, the resulting print can appear blurred. In order to maintain a high level of quality with these complex printing systems, printers use registration marks on the base film to act as an orientation point for multi-color printing so that all of the color passes a realigned. By using a registration mark not only is the final print of higher quality, but less scrap is created by print passes that do not line up.

The registration mark is only one part of the alignment process. The printing system has to be able to identify the registration mark and align either the base material or the printing apparatus accordingly. Traditionally, registration marks were aligned visually by the operator, and relied on the judgment of the operator to achieve accuracy. Other types of registration marks, such as perforations in the base material allowed the material to be aligned on pins to maintain the correct orientation. However, the human eye can only provide so much accuracy, and alignment pins are not always appropriate, depending on the type of material and its final use.

Additionally an eyespot is provided to assist with registration both by the manufacturer and by the end user. The consistency of the eyespot-to-eyespot dimension is not only of value during the printing process, but is also used to determine correct seal and cut-off dimensions for the packaging filler. Variation in either printed registration or eyespot repeatability can lead to packaging quality issues and value added product returns to the printed films manufacturer.

Using Digital Imaging to Improve Printing Quality

Today, advancements in digital imaging allow this technology to be applied to the printing process and to greatly improve the overall quality. Digital imaging can also be used to measure the distance between printed registration marks to minimize the amount of scrap that is generated.

Cimtec's Solution for Printing

Cimtec has developed a custom solution for this application specifically for the printing industry. A digital imaging system for this application consists of an optical sensor, such as a SICK high switching frequency (10 KHz) sensor, that will read the printed eyespot that is located along the edge of the material web. An SICK-Stegmann optical encoder is utilized to calculate the line speed based on the drive roll. The impression distance is then calculated by the PLC controller based on the time differential between eyespots multiplied by the line speed. The system includes a human machine interface (HMI) that has the capability to display multiple values. These values are called up individually by function keys on the controller front control panel:

  • Single impression distance measurement (F1)

  • Average impression dimension (F2-over X number of impressions as input by the operator F3)

  • Impression length tolerance value (F4-high and F5-low)

  • Impression count set point (F6)

  • Linear compensation factors (F7)

Output signals are provided when the dimensional tolerances values (F4) and (F5) are exceeded or to stop the line upon reaching the predetermined impression count (F6).

The alerts provided by this specific Cimtec solution will allow manufacturers to have a better handle on their printing operations and to maintain higher quality of the printing process. Through higher quality, manufacturers will reduce the amount of excess material as well as mis-printed material, which will in turn reduce overall production costs. Also, the improved consistency of the printing process has direct influence on maintaining a quality package during filling operations and improved end user satisfaction.

Friday, July 15, 2011

How to change a battery in GE 90-30 PLC

Here is a quick video on how the change the battery in your 9030 PLC

Video Link from Qualitrol International

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Proficy Cimplicity and Windows 7

Many of our customers have a corporate IT initiative to move to Windows 7.   In other cases they purchase new hardware and notice that Windows 7 is the only OS available.   Cimplicity version 8.1 provides full support for Windows 7.    Automatic configuration upgrades with Cimplicity are the best around.  We've converted version 3 to version 8.1 with no manual touch ups.

Don't get caught with an old system that is not easily replaceable due to hardware availability.  Older Cimplicity versions (4,5) typically run on Windows NT machines and versions 6 and 7 run on XP.   Both these platforms are hard to find these days, so in the case of a hardware failure, buying a new PC and simply re-installing existing software may not be an option.  The best option is to upgrade proactively now while the older system is still functioning and you can do a side by side migration.

Calculate Return on OEE Improvement

Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)

Improving Production Performance

Manufacturing facility managers are always looking for ways to improve the efficiency of their production lines and identify bottlenecks in their operations. One of the metrics that managers can use to characterize the performance of their organization is Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE). Managers that examine data on their production performance in an efficient manner and can correlate events with causes in real time can gain more control over their operational procedures and ultimately increase the quality and performance of their facility.
What is Overall Equipment Effectiveness?

OEE is a factor that is used by production managers to evaluate performance and effectiveness of a process, whether that process takes place at a single workstation or across a complete factory. OEE takes in several individual measurable metrics and normalizes them in such a way that OEE can be compared to other production lines or even other industries. OEE is often used as a key performance indicator (KPI) for manufacturing operations, particularly those focused on lean manufacturing. OEE also allows companies to benchmark their individual manufacturing lines against other plants within their organization and across their industry.
How to Measure OEE

There are three basic metrics that are used to calculate OEE:

  • Availability - Availability is the percentage of time that a machine is available for operation. Availability is the same as “uptime”, and is calculated as a ratio of available time divided by schedule time.

  • Performance - Performance compares the operational speed of a machine to its designed speed. Performance is calculated by multiplying the number of parts produced by the ideal cycle time, then dividing by the available time.

  • Quality - Quality measures the percentage of quality or “good” parts out of the total part run. Quality is calculated by dividing the number of good parts created by the total number of parts created.

OEE is therefore Availability X Performance X Quality. So, if a machine has 95% Availability, 85% Performance, and 93% Quality, then OEE = 0.95 X 0.85 X 0.93 = 0.75, or 75%. Because it is nearly impossible to achieve a perfect OEE, as even small reductions are multiplied through the equation, a target OEE of 85% is a common goal for many manufacturing operations. However, many manufacturing operations are thought to have actual OEE levels of 40-50%.
Tools for Tracking OEE

While it is possible to track OEE through manual data recording and collection, it is far more efficient to automate this data collection. Manual data collection is more prone to operator error, so, OEE values calculated with manually collected data is less accurate than if it is calculated using data collected automatically. Manual data collection is also slow, and it takes time to gather and analyze hand-written or hand-entered data.

GE Intelligent Platforms's Intelligent Platforms' Proficy Plant Applications Efficiency is a tool that can help facility managers get a handle on their current OEE, and plan methods to improve OEE. Proficy Plant Applications Efficiency can automatically collect the data from each manufacturing line needed to calculate OEE in real time, so managers can monitor line performance from shift to shift, looking for disparities in OEE and implementing effective solutions. Proficy Efficiency allows manufacturing facilities to leverage their existing manufacturing and automation systems by connecting with many different kinds of applications.
Benefits of Tracking OEE

When a manufacturing facility deploys an OEE tracking system effectively, the facility can get a better handle on production and performance metrics. These metrics can help managers make faster and more informed decisions about optimizing manufacturing processes. Managers can track downtime, production levels, and waste, and can determine causes or effects of system events in real time, allowing them to respond faster, and in turn improve OEE. Performance can be compared shift by shift and hour by hour, or product to product.

If OEE can be improved, facilities can increase their profit while maintaining operational costs:

Profit = Plant Sales x Plant Gross Margin x % Increase in OEE

For example, consider a plant producing $10M in product sales per year with a plant gross margin of 50% and a plant OEE of 60%. If the plant can realize a 10% increase in OEE from efficiency software & focused performance improvement efforts, this would result in an increase in profits of $300,000.

By implementing an automated method for measuring OEE, such as GE Intelligent Platforms's Intelligent Platforms' Proficy Plant Applications Efficiency software, companies can identify and take action on negative factors such as equipment bottlenecks, unexpected downtime, and production losses caused by shortages in materials or resources. Manufacturers that identify these negative conditions and take action can increase equipment utilization rates, providing them with a distinct and sustainable advantage over their competitors.


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Proficy Historian 4.0


Easy Configuration and Administration
  • Simple configuration
  • True thin-client administration
  • Support for virtualization

Unparalleled, Enterprise-wide Performance
  • Sub-second data collection
  • Ultra-efficient data compression
  • Collect up to 2 Million data points per server
  • Manage up to 1000 collectors per server
  • Precise time stamp resolution

Open and Layered Compatibility
  • Wide range of collectors including OPC Alarms and Events
  • Highly compatible with 3rd partysolutions
  • Leverages 64-bit architectures,with full 32-bitcompatibility
  • Embedded applications support via Windows XPe

Standard Interfaces for Data Access
  • Open access for ERP and MES applications
  • Full featured SDK
  • OLE DB
  • User API
  • OPC Historical Data Access (HDA)

Highly Reliable System Architecture
  • Fault tolerant architecture
  • Support for Microsoft Cluster Server
  • Redundant data collectors
  • Supports multiple time zones and Daylight Savings Time

Advanced Data Management
  • Designed to help customers comply with FDA’s 21 CFR Part 11
  • Calculation and Server-to-Server Collector
  • Powerful data management and system optimization tools for Enterprise level administration

Wide Range of Performance and Execution Applications
  • Access to advanced visualization and powerful analytical tools
  • Wide range of Industry- and Application- specific solutions
  • Empower the enterprise through seamless integration with the full Proficy platform

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Dancer Control

High-speed multi-axis coordinated servo motion control.

Industries Served:

Textiles, Films, Packaging, Converters, Printing, Publishing
Products Used

  • ISA-Bus Multi-Axis Motion Controller
  • Industrial PC
  • Servo and Vector Drives and Motors

The Advantages:

  • Improves machine performance and reliability.
  • High-speed coordination combined with automatic adjustment and easy setup.
  • All motion and logic are centralized in one location.
  • Tight control and high-performance servo motors increase machine speed and throughput, and prevent the introduction of any tension disturbance to slitters.
  • Powerful torque/inertia ratio and bandwidth results in rapid and accurate accelerations and decelerations.
  • Safer work environment for operators due to significantly lower machine noise.
  • Increased flexibility from the use of an open-architecture PC-based control system.

How It Works:

  • The multi-access servo control board works in conjunction with high-performance servos.
  • These servos are controlled by the multi-axis motion controller board in the industrial PC.
  • To coordinate unwind and winder drive control with the motion control system, Vector Drives are tied into the same multi-axis motion controller board that controls the servo drives.