Being able to control quality
and monitor the amount of materials consumed is key to operating efficient plants,
production lines and overall business.
Graco realizes that their customers demand this of them and as a result,
contacted Matrikon to help them with their spray systems. Graco needed a
way for their customers to deliver
production information such as how much paint was used, recipes, alarm logs,
and other quality assurance data from the finishing line to the Operation Manager's office PC.
Graco has prominently
influenced the fluid handling industry since 1926. Their applications include
spray finishing and paint circulation, lubrication, sealants and adhesives
along with power application equipment for the contractor industry. With
offices and distribution spanning throughout the world, Graco is leading the
Huhta of Graco was involved in the project that directed Matrikon to develop AMR 1.0
(Advanced Material Reporting) Client Software in addition to the Modbus driver
interface. AMR 1.0 collected data and monitored the activity of Graco's
PrecisionMix II plural component spray system ratio controller. AMR 1.0
enabled Production Managers to monitor volumes, recipes, alarm logs and other
data coming from the finishing line.
The implementation went
smoothly and was deemed a success. Plant floor information is now accessible
from the Operation Manager's desk allowing for better monitoring of time and
resources and subsequently improving efficiency.
"During development, I was very pleased with the responsiveness, attention
to detail, and quality work that Matrikon provided," said Brent Huhta. The result led Matrikon
to go on and expand the AMR 1.0 to AMR 2.0 The second version of the client
application interfaces with other Graco spray systems such as the Informer, ProBatch, and PrecisionMix II 3K.
Matrikon Modbus Server provides
floor PrecisionMix II plural component
spray system and the AMR 1.0 client