Press Release Summary:
Dynamic Checkweigher Series features Rockwell Automation® platform and HI4050CW controller. Unit is used to weigh items automatically and is integrated with Rockwell Automation CompactLogix® PLC. Product is capable of processing up to 350 pieces per minute and suitable to weigh boxes, cans, bottles, rigid shrink-wrapped or flexible packages. Checkweigher is compatible with items such as sugars, raw meats, fruits, vegetables, chemicals, fertilizers, and consumer packaged goods.
Original Press Release:
Open Source Check Weighing Machines, Designed for Seamless Integration into the Connected Enterprise™
In a recent win with one of the largest paint manufacturers in the United States, Hardy Process Solutions’ Dynamic Checkweighers were able to meet customer connectivity and data requirements with its open-source approach by delivering equipment that not only easily integrates into the factory control system, but also produces precisely the data set the customer was seeking.
Hardy continues to meet unique customer needs with its groundbreaking open source controls approach for its Checkweigher machinery. Built on a Rockwell Automation® platform and using Hardy’s HI4050CW Controller, the Dynamic Checkweigher series delivers high performance and ultimate flexibility for current product inspection needs in a wide variety of manufacturing or processing plants.
Using Wide Area Networking (WAN) connectivity, the customer was able to:
- View & take control of any Hardy Dynamic Checkweighing machine on their network thru VPN tunneling
- Push down product recipes and operating parameters from a centralized control center
- Monitor real-time production trends and process performance
- Set alarms around real time trend data and
- Share and distribute TAGS with upstream control systems
- Track and Monitor local changes made on the equipment
Hardy provided these capabilities to the customer all without modification to the equipment software.
The Hardy Dynamic Checkweigher series is a fully automated system designed to automatically weigh items while in motion. The Checkweigher controller can communicate both upstream and downstream across Rockwell Automation’s The Connected Enterprise™. Machine control, statistics, and analytics are managed with an integrated Rockwell Automation CompactLogix® PLC, while the high performance Hardy HI 4050CW Checkweigher controller contributes as a co-processer, generating fast, stable and accurate weigh data. The resulting high speed check weighing system can process up to 350 pieces per minute and generate a myriad of process data that is easily shared with any other device on The Connected Enterprise Network.
Flexible and highly accurate, the Hardy Dynamic Checkweigher weighs products of virtually any shape or size in containers such as boxes, cans, bottles, rigid shrink-wrapped packages or flexible packages. Items compatible with the system include bagged and boxed sugars, raw meats, fruits, vegetables, chemicals, fertilizers, and consumer packaged goods.
About Hardy Process Solutions (A Roper Technologies Company)
Hardy Process Solutions has established itself as an industry leader in the weighing automation world by providing highly accurate precision measurements, while seamlessly integrating process weight signals into a Rockwell plant control system. At Hardy, we believe that industrial weighing solutions should be EASY to engineer and operate. We believe that simplicity delivers the LOWEST TOTAL COST to own. That’s why our solutions are EASIER to install, integrate, commission, diagnose and maintain in all four areas of the supply chain.
1. STOCK - accurate weight and level measurement/monitoring
2. MAKE - adaptable weight & rate material feed measurement/control
3. PACK - for robust rate & weight feed measurement/control
4. SHIP - off-the-shelf static and dynamic check weighing solutions