Booth S-1639, PackExpo, Chicago - October, 29 2006 - Mettler-Toledo Hi-Speed's XE-Series has added new displays, controls, and electronics to its proven high-accuracy, affordable EMFR checkweighing platform to increase user productivity and line efficiency. The new XE-Series provides best-in-class dynamic weighing technology, robust, flexible platform, and modular design, as well as water ingress protection to IP65 standards. The new displays, controls, and electronics are also available as upgrades to existing Hi-Speed machines.
The XE-Series represents an affordable entrée into electromagnetic force restoration weighing technology, a faster and more accurate checkweighing technique that requires less maintenance. It is the result of more than 40 years of Mettler-Toledo innovation and research in this area.
New Displays Increase Productivity
The XE-Series' 5.7-inch QVGA touchscreen display provides intuitive, menu-driven access to checkweigher functions. Familiar, browser-like navigation gives users fast access to important controls and read-outs, while allowing them to drill down easily into machine and line performance measures and statistics. The vivid display has brightness and contrast controls for low-light visibility.
The touchscreen provides 13 unique control areas; touchable "buttons" leading to more information. "For instance, there is a seven-to-eight line 'message center' at the bottom of the main screen that scrolls short reports about machine status, fault events, and errors," said Mark Feher, Hi-Speed business development manager, checkweighers. "Touching that takes users to a full-screen view where they can see every event along with the time it occurred. This makes trouble-shooting much easier." Similarly, line changeovers require only three taps on the screen, shortening downtime.
Open Architecture Improves Efficiency
These new displays are the front end for a new electronics package for the XE-Series, an industrial-strength PC-based system using the Open Modular Architecture Controls (OMAC) for easy integration into production lines. The new system also allows the checkweigher to be set up as an OLE for Process and Control (OPC) server to store production data and present it on the Internet.
The XE-Series can use this industry standard to communicate with and control other intelligent sensor machines on plant networks via serial, Ethernet, Ethernet IP, USB, Bluetooth (for wireless report printing), Fieldbus, PROFIBUS, DeviceNet, or ControlNet. This network also allows the XE-Series to provide feedback for continuous process improvement. For instance, a trend toward excessive unit weight could trigger a signal from the XE Series to a filler machine to reduce fill and bring unit weight back within the targeted range, reducing rejections and waste.
About Mettler-Toledo Hi-Speed Checkweigher
Mettler-Toledo Hi-Speed is North America's largest checkweigher manufacturer. In 1981, the company joined METTLER TOLEDO, the world's largest manufacturer of weighing solutions for laboratory, industrial, and food retailing applications, with more than 8,000 employees and $1.5 billion (US dollars) revenue in 2005. Hi-Speed, with sister companies Safeline and Garvens, make up the Mettler-Toledo Product Inspection Division, the world's largest manufacturer and marketer of checkweighers, metal detection devices, and other end-of-line inspection systems serving local and multi-national customers worldwide.
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