CHICAGO — Barber-Colman Co. (Booth N5110), known for selling its machine controllers to plastics equipment makers, now is targeting the retrofit market of plastics processors, through its Foxtracker program, officials announced June 17 at NPE. Barber-Colman also introduced its I/A Series of plantwide supervisory software for Windows NT.
Barber-Colman of Loves Park, Ill., has developed the program with its sister firm, Foxboro Co. of Foxboro, Mass. Both firms are owned by Siebe plc, a $5 billion company in Windsor, England. Foxboro provides information systems based on Windows NT.
Under Foxtracker, Barber-Colman will install a turnkey supervisory software system for its Maco controller, or virtually any existing machine controller, the company said. The base price is $25,000 for a four-machine application, which includes hardware, software, installation and an application package. It is available for injection molding, extrusion and blow molding.
John Simontacchi, Barber-Colman vice president and general manager, said he wants ``end-user'' products, such as Foxtracker, to generate 10 percent of sales this year.
For the I/A software, Barber-Colman took Foxboro's software and created controls for injection and blow molding and extrusion.
Supervisory software — which gives managers access to data from machines on the plant floor, is a fast-growing part of the control industry, according to George Sarney, president and chief operating officer of Siebe Control Systems in Foxboro.
``What is happening today is, all devices that are on the factory floor are becoming part of a control network,'' Sarney said. ``The integration of controls with information is really where the industry is at.''
Sarney announced that Siebe purchased APV plc, a London firm that makes mixers, valves and pumps for food-processing and pharmeceutical industries. The acquisition gives Siebe another $1 billion in sales, he said.