A forerunner of cTracker, SmartTHICK is our entry-level line supervision and control software, based on an operator panel, developed, fine-tuned and consolidated over time, for the management of thickness changes on roller coating lines.
SmartTHICK is a line recipe management system which, thanks to Cefla Finishing's virtual tracking, is able to control changes in thickness between panels by autonomously handling machine height changes. The system informs sequentially, through the intelligent management of the gap between batches, and according to the height adjustment required, the machines on the line whenever there is a change in thickness (e.g. for batch changes). This information can be declared manually by the operator or optionally read automatically by a double laser measuring system that can be installed at line inlet after checking the compatibility with the part dimensions and layout.
SmartTHICK can check the recipes of the UV ovens present on the line and control "third party" machines, if suitably provided by the manufacturer.
SmartTHICK mainly deals with:
Sequential management of working thickness;
Diagnostic management detailed for each machine, even in the event of incorrect positioning.
The SmartSPEED system, which forms an integral part of SmartTHICK, also makes available a synchronised speed management option for the line machines.
The coating lines are provided with SmartSPEED, our synchronised management system for managing the speed of the machines present in single branches of a line or shared by entire lines. This entry-level automation, by facilitating the work of operators ensuring single-point speed adjustment, increases process control efficiency.
Wired control network
SmartSPEED operates autonomously, through a wired management and information exchange network at drives level where line control is carried out, even in the absence of an installed supervision system (such as Smarthick or cTracker).
Improved management of speed changes
Relying on a system like this means being able to automatically manage, from a single point, speed changes resulting, for example, from production changes. This is achieved acting from a single point on the various branches of the line, thus improving the efficiency of human work as operators no longer have to worry about entering information on each machine individually.