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Plastech’s New Microcontrollers Provide Intelligent Security at Low Cost

  • Friday, 6th May 2005
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UK’s RTM solution provider, Plastech TT, have introduced a new microcontroller based systems for their range of resin injection machines.

Plastech’s design team has written their own bespoke software enabling the microcontrollers to control a new generation of composite machinery, which provide what they claim to be reliable intelligent control at a fraction of the cost of traditional PLC systems.

The new electronic packages are smaller than a box of matches, are rugged and consume very little power. The company claim said that their application on the machines’ control is staggering in terms of computing power, which allows for greater security and reliability at a low cost.

The company’s utilisation of these advances in the state of the art electronic technology make it financially feasible to introduce intelligent control to even their lowest cost machine model. An example of this is their new intelligent system that provides the operator with accurate alarm conditions of resin gel time.

This monitors the safe working time of the mixed resin system and the resin flow rate, constantly computing safety margins before switching to different alarm conditions to provide greater machine use security.

These systems run safely on an internal 9 volt battery which automatically powers up when needed. When not in use the system remains in sleep mode conserving energy for months.

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