|PROCESS AND REQUIREMENTS
In this application, the customer has a wide variety
of sheet metal parts on a coil processing line with batches ranging from
1 to 1000 pieces. The system has to be easy to use, maintain and set up
for operators and set-up personnel.
Using a standard MMI package (Man Machine Interface),
we present all set-up data to the screen after entering a part number on
the keyboard. The operator is then able to verify process data and enter
batch size. The system also monitors punch press die information to verify
correct die set-up and match for the specific part number requested. If
all information is correct, the operator may proceed to the monitor screen
and input batch data. The operator uses the monitor screen to provide a
graphical representation of current process and it's operation status.
When the operator is ready to run, a cycle start can be initiated by depressing
a push button on the machine to initiate the actual machine operation.
When the batch is complete, the system will stop and wait for a new command
from the operator.
All part number files are stored in a simple Excel
spreadsheet and can be modified by the customer at any time. By linking
the machine to a network connection, such as Ethernet, the file data can
be accessed from a remote computer. Spreadsheet data may be updated from
a remote computer as well as viewing important manufacturing information
on current operational status, production status and other system information.
The system provided the following real advantages to
This solution allowed the customer to automate the process
and provide the necessary amount of operator intervention and self checking
that they felt comfortable with. The overall cost of the system allowed
the customer to implement this system at 1/3 of the projected cost!
Short Learning curve
Easy to update and use
Easy to understand and maintain files
Low cost performance boost
Figure 1. Flexible Coil Line provides customer with rapid and self
checking set-up information and automatic batch processing.
Figure 2. Set-up screen provides operator with all necessary data
to verify correct part.
Figure 3. Monitor screen provides necessary on-line process data
and graphical representation of the process.
Figure 4. Main menu allows user to access desired screen with a
simple mouse click.
Figure 5. Alarm screen provides operator and supervisor with important
process and system alarms.