Brückner’s “Easy Operation” is a completely new, integrated solution, focusing on the process view as opposed to the usual machine view. At the same time the new operating concept offers guided operation by usage of assistants ensuring constant high efficiency and quality in film production.
Continually increasing speed and output with ever shorter delivery times and production lots, but at the same time satisfying a growing demand for quality and product variety make running a film stretching line a highly complex business. Film producers and their operating personnel stand before increasing challenges when it comes to guaranteeing a stable and efficient production with the highest quality film.
Brückner recognized this development at an early stage and created a new concept for operating stretching lines called – Easy Operation (EOP).
Process instead of machine control
The traditional way of control and still the standard today is the so-called machine control. The machine visualization, used as front-end, represents details of sensors and actors. User interaction requires high skills and knowledge. E.g. film temperature control is done indirectly, acting on air temperature and fan speed both machine parameters. Following the process control approach, the user will directly set the film temperature. The related machine parameter settings of air temperature and fan speed are calculated by a smart algorithm (patent pending).
Guided operation by usage of assistants
The efficiency of the production process and the obtained film quality depends on various factors, e.g. operator skills, shift, weekday. For critical, often performed activities, so-called assistants are in development. The assistant will guide the operator by means of predefined, customizable operating steps. The operating steps may follow e.g. the company standard procedure. Using an assistant the operator still maintains full control of the process. If required he may interfere manually at any time.
The advantage is obvious – constant high efficiency and quality.