EtherNet/IP™ Now Available for Montalvo Z4 Tension Controllers

March 2, 2017, Gorham, ME, USA – Montalvo, international specialists in web tension control, is announcing ODVA EtherNet/IP™ Communication for its series of Z4 Tension Controllers. Available as a communication option for new Z4 Tension Controllers, or as an upgrade for existing Z4’s in the field, EtherNet/IP™ allows customers to easily interface with an existing HMI on the operator panel of the machine, allow management to record, and store information about the condition of the machine, and reduce, or eliminate the need for running cables/wires for installation.

Sales Manager Larry Jones says, “Manufacturing facilities are becoming increasingly connected and by adding EtherNet/IP™ to our Z4 controllers, tension control can join that connection. Our customers desire more data collection and faster communications, networked with their existing systems; this will allow them to achieve that. Being able to offer this option not just with new controllers but being able to upgrade existing controllers currently out in the field is another key advantage with our Z4 EtherNet/IP™”

ODVA EtherNet/IP™ Features Include:

  • Faster communication between Z4’s and other networked devices
  • Easily interface with existing HMI
  • Parameters made available for customized tracking and logging
  • Easily integrates into existing Ethernet system

Z4 Tension Controllers:

  • Load Cell Feedback Version
  • Dancer Feedback Version
  • Dancer Feedback with Load Cell Tension Indication Version
  • Available for Unwind, Intermediate/Nip, or Rewind Tension Control
  • Wide Range of Available Functions: Soft Start, Anti-Coast, Flying Splice, Web Break Detection, Inertia Compensation, Taper, Progressive Gain
  • Innovative and Exclusive Technology: Variable Wrap Angle & Range Expansion

About Montalvo

Since 1947 the Montalvo Corporation has specialized in manufacturing, integrating, retrofitting and servicing a wide range of tension control products for a variety of industries including, converting, paper, film, foil, nonwovens, plastic, corrugated, packaging, medical, composite and more. Montalvo’s products include load cells, tension controllers, tension indicators, amplifiers, tension control brakes and clutches, sensors and safety chucks. Montalvo has four worldwide offices in the USA, Denmark, Germany & China.

For additional information please visit the Z4 Tension Controllers pages on

Montalvo Corporation

For more information contact:

Bryon Williams


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