Introducing electrical control units, Piab expands scope for piFLOW® vacuum conveyors.
Taby, Sweden – Offering their customers the option of using microcomputer-based electrical controls for the popular piFLOW® vacuum conveyors, Piab is introducing the first version of a new electrical control unit ECU-10. The electrical control unit simplifies the addition of extra control functions in conveying systems.
Apart from supporting basic conveying functionality, the new electrical control unit enables, for instance, pipe emptying, and allows for additional level detectors to be used at feed as well as discharge points.
”As electrical controls are easier to implement than pneumatic controls, the new unit enables our customers to increase the number of functions they control in their conveying systems. For instance, more advanced filter maintenance can be introduced, enabling multiple filter cleaning cycles to be used in order to make sure filters are kept clean and unrestricted at all time,” explains Tomas Dahl, OEM Support Manager.
The new electrical control unit can also be used to enable slow speed conveying of fragile materials. This means that when fragile materials are to be conveyed, electrical piGENTLE™ functionality is integrated in the valve unit that goes with the electrical control unit. In addition, it can be connected to an overarching programmable logic controller (PLC) system that is utilised to control the entire manufacturing process in customer facilities.
Piab's piFLOW® vacuum conveyors can be tailor-made to maximise the productivity for a broad range of applications, and the new electrical control unit further increases the conveyors' configurability. Several different languages can be selected from the control unit's full menu. The control unit has a user-friendly touch screen, where users choose the settings for functions such as emptying times, suction times, fluidisation and more.
Piab provides smart solutions for the automated world, helping thousands of end users and machine producers in e-commerce logistics, food, pharma, automotive and other manufacturing industries to improve energy-efficiency, productivity and working environments. With 430 employees and SEK 1bn in sales 2017, Piab is a global organization, serving customers in almost 70 countries from a network of subsidiaries and distributors. By leveraging the ongoing technological development in automation and robotics, and targeting high-growth segments and geographies, Piab's vision is to become the global leader in gripping and moving solutions.
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