DMC was brought in to replace an out-of-date hydraulic press tracking system. The old system ran on an antiquated OS and had frequent issues with system crashes and a lack of storage space. The new system addresses these issues and adds new features such as additional data channels for compatibility with newer presses and improved accuracy of sample times.
The system architecture consists of a central PC running a LabVIEW application which records data from remote field point units on each press. Prior to starting a job, the operator enters data for the batch and initiates the data acquisition. A new feature of the system is to detect the beginning of press operation and automatically record data, for the rare occurrence that an operator forgets to initiate acquisition. This feature protects the customer from scrapping expensive, high-precision parts, which require valid production data for acceptance. Recorded press data includes temperature, pressure, and stroke length. Press status for all stations can be viewed, along with data trend graphs.