Product News: Controls & Controllers
Laser Controller optimizes Overall Equipment Effectiveness.
Press Release Summary:
July 10, 2014 - Optimizing capability of CO2 and fiber laser marking systems, CLARiTY™ Laser Controller offers line set-up wizard to aid maintenance and production staff during both initial line set-up and product changeovers. On-board diagnostics tool presents instant fault information in logical way with drill-down option to enable identification of most frequent causes of printer faults. With on-board Code Assurance, controller helps ensure correct code is placed on right product time after time.
Original Press Release
Videojet CLARiTY(TM) Laser Controller Helps Manufacturers Achieve Sustainable Improvements
Press release date: July 3, 2014
Chicago, Illinois – As manufacturers face an increasingly competitive environment, leading operations have embraced lean manufacturing principles to drive uptime and improve yield. To help manufacturers achieve sustainable improvements in Availability and Quality, Videojet Technologies, a global leader in coding, marking and printing solutions, has launched its new CLARiTY™ Laser Controller to enhance the capability of its entire range of CO2 and fiber laser marking systems. The new laser user interface places a powerful tool in the hands of production staff that significantly reduces line set-up and changeover time, aids operators in troubleshooting problems, and helps ensure the right code is placed on the right product time after time.
“Our new CLARiTY™ Laser Controller offers specific functionality to help drive sustainable improvements in Overall Equipment Effectiveness,” said Markus Vetter, Laser Business Unit Manager at Videojet Technologies. “The line set-up wizard and our suite of productivity tools help operators address the sources of both planned and unplanned downtime. With the onboard suite of Code Assurance features, production supervisors and quality teams can easily create error-proofing rules during job set-up that limit operator input to predefined choices.”
The new CLARiTY™ Laser Controller offers an innovative line set-up wizard to aid maintenance and production staff during both initial line set-up and during product changeovers. The interface provides a visual representation of the laser on the packaging line, eliminating trial and error by configuring the print job to match the required production set-up. “Flexible production lines, by definition, experience more planned downtime than dedicated lines. The ability to compress changeover times releases valuable time to use for production,” explained Vetter. “Depending on user familiarity, the new line set-up wizard can be between 25-50% faster than our legacy controller interface. Assuming even a modest number of changeovers per day, these time savings add up to meaningful production hours over the year.”
In addition to minimizing planned downtime, the CLARiTY™ Laser Controller offers tools to address the root causes of unplanned downtime. The on-board diagnostics tool presents instant fault information in a logical way with a drill-down option to enable the identification of the most frequent causes of printer faults. Vetter commented, “The value of the diagnostics tool is the combination of the Printer and Operational Availability metrics along with the underlying pareto of faults. The data is presented in a logical way, helping operations staff confidently identify the root cause of downtime and fix it to achieve sustainable process improvement.”
To address manufacturers’ needs to eliminate sources of poor quality, the CLARiTY™ Laser Controller offers on-board Code Assurance. “More than half of coding errors are caused by operator error and the most common mistakes include incorrect data entry and job selection. At a minimum, these mistakes can result in excessive scrap or rework, or worse, could result in potential fines or damage to the brand itself,” commented Vetter. Predefined coding rules can be easily established during set-up that limit the operator’s choices to an allowable range, helping eliminate errors and the resulting impact to quality.
With the addition of the CLARiTY™ Laser Controller, Videojet now offers a common controller interface for all of its main primary and secondary packaging printers. Vetter said, “A common user interface is a great benefit to operations using more than one printing technology. Operator training can be drastically reduced when common operations like job selection, data entry, and checking printer status can now be learned from a single interface design. Videojet is excited to bring innovation to laser coding, and the CLARiTY™ Laser Controller combines an intuitive user interface and powerful functionality to drive tangible improvements in customer operations.”
For more information about the CLARiTY™ Laser Controller, call 1-800-843-3610 or visit http://www.videojet.com.
About Videojet Technologies
Videojet Technologies is a world-leader in the product identification market, providing in-line printing, coding, and marking products, application specific fluids, and product life cycle services. Our goal is to partner with our customers in the consumer packaged goods, pharmaceutical, and industrial goods industries to improve their productivity, to protect and grow their brands, and to stay ahead of industry trends and regulations. With our customer application experts and technology leadership in continuous ink jet (CIJ), thermal ink jet (TIJ), laser marking, thermal transfer overprinting (TTO), case coding and labeling, and wide array printing, Videojet has more than 325,000 printers installed worldwide. Our customers rely on Videojet products to print on over ten billion products daily. Customer sales, application, service, and training support is provided by direct operations with over 3,000 team member in 26 countries worldwide. In addition, Videojet distribution network includes more than 400 distributors and OEMs, serving 135 countries.