Automation & Control: data-collection software package for extruders

Automation & Control Inc.,l USA , offers a simple, inexpensive data-collection software package for extruders, called FIN. It was developed in Visual Basic and uses low-cost Ethernet I/Os that do not interfere with machine controls. FIN can be set up to look for barrel temperatures, pressures, or other data points, and to impose high/low limits and alarms for out-of-spec conditions.
The company’s first installation monitors over a dozen temperature points, extruder motor speed, feeder setpoints and batch weights, pressure at screen changers, and vacuum on the vent. Automation & Control supplies FIN software with a Dell computer and Hewlett-Packard color printer for about US$25,000.

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