Multiple Plantwatch systems provide traceability for production of battery systems. Robots, PLC's, vision cameras and bar code readers interact to create genealogy of the products.
Data collection and evaluation for inserts on packaging lines Communicate to printers, PLC, conveyor and camera Receive job set up and control data flow to printer while error proofing
Pallet build error proofing Halo with 16 cameras scans pallet on all sides System builds bill of material to compare to expected from SQL Rejects pallet if variation in load verses expected
Caterpillar needed to retrofit a robotic loaded connecting rod station. Control of a slide, a dot peen marker, vision inspection for OCR of the cast heat code, quality analysis of the dot peen code, and data logging for trace-ability was required. Functions: OPC, TCP/IP, Graphics, Logic Wizard, File manager
Norbert Industries is tracking internal engine components for Pratt Whitney jet engines. Data Matrix marks are created using a Dot Peen marker and read by a hand held imager. The data is compiled in SQL for reporting.
HTE installed one of its 3D LaserVision snap ring inspection stations to improve detection of improper seating in the cylinder groove. During installation GM asked if PlantWatch could control the cell by talking to the Allen Bradley PLC via OPC as well as communicate to the existing Cognex camera application for read results. PlantWatch was configured to perform the functions to control the system, collect the data and images and communicate to PLC in less than 4 hours. Functions: OPC, FM
Job tracking of print jobs Tracks operator, job number and status, printer ID Operator interface, hand held scanner and badge reader
HTT needed to marry the lot code of heat treated steering shafts to the furnace process parameters and serial numbers of each shaft laser etched with a data matrix. The ability of PlantWatch to look up furnace data per serial number gives HTT the reverse genealogy data their end customer is asking for. Functions: Graphics, file manager, TCP/IP, digital I/O
System integrator needed to communicate, control and visualize an X-Ray process. Shortly after the initial PlantWatch installation the end customer asked for communication to a proprietary mid level system bidirectionally. PlantWatch quickly and easily connected to the system adhering to its rules in a standard format. Functions:
Crown Group needed to get automated control of e-coat baths based on which part type was to be coated. Plantwatch quickly recognized the part type from a rack mounted data matrix and adjusted the rectifier as well as logged process parameters and allowed visualization of the process through the graphics screens created in Plantwatch. Functions: I/O, Graphics
Autocon needed to quickly provide traceability to a line it was building for ZF Lemforder. Using Plantwatch the line was delivered with required traceability on time. Quote from Autocon :
Cummins Jamestown Engine plant running since 2012 with 9 copies of PlantWatch provides traceability of serialized fuel injectors and their attributes as they are installed in the head. When the head is mated to the block the injector flow data is used to program the ECM module. Both automated and manual operations are in use. Functions: Graphics,
Vision system control reading full pallet of shipping labels to confirm correct load per customer order. Functions: I/O, Control, file manager, graphics
System identifies components of a closet structure package Parts are identified by bar code reader and compared to build list. If incorrect part is scanned conveyor is stopped. Build sheet created for each job with time date , # of each component
Traceability of serialized exhaust systems. Camera control,bar code scanner control, OPC to Omron PLC, graphics, component traceability to finished product, label print and verification,
Plant wide serialized traceability. Birth through X Ray, Aggregate to batch for Heat treat, through deagragate and ship on three lines provides customer requirements . Functions: OPC, Database browser,TCP/IP,Graphics, Web Client,
Verify data matrix mark quality , Communicate to laser marker for correct part type, Control station: light curtains, rf id tags, turntable Control camera, trigger, save images , Error proof part type
Tier one automotive supplier engine assembly line Laser marker serializes part with data matrix Part is id'd at each of 15 stations to collect data from torques, leak test Before line release system checks for pass on all stations Data saved and moved to Plex ERP.