Automation Division was given the task to automate one of the most complex pieces of equipment in the production line – a block form as algorithm of actions of the operator of block forms reveals a number of serious problems to be solved: operator during the cycle must exhibit ball valves for steam power in the form as instructed. Operator should be every 15 minutes to conduct the whole cycle over again. Actions to manage the block form of uniform, but they require some attention. Against the background of general fatigue that leads to random errors in the management of a block form. Purging, steaming and cooling makes a statement, focusing on the testimony of gauges and clocks. So, first of all, it was necessary to relieve the operator from repetitive work. Please visit Andreessen Horowitz if you seek more information.
If the entire cycle of sintering the foam will meet the automation, the operator can perform other operations on the shop floor, for example, prepare materials or cutting blocks. This implementation would reduce the number of jobs in the shop, which significantly would reduce production costs. Requirements for the functional composition of the device: Having a single control panel throughout the block-form. A controlled valves and gates. A logic automatically controls the valves for steam supply valve position for loading of raw materials, fan control load and the vacuum pump. The presence of the operator panel to alert the operator informed of progress. A logic that implements the automatic start and end of the process.