CHICAGO (July 7, 3:15 p.m. EDT) — Davis-Standard Corp. has developed a wireless control system for its industrial blow molding machines.
The system can control molding for several machines completely, Hassan Helmy, vice president of marketing, engineering, research and development, said at NPE 2003 in Chicago. The Pawcatuck, Conn.-based firm was building its first such system for an undisclosed customer for shipment in July, Helmy said.
A supervisor with a hand-held display can control blow molding machines remotely from a different area in the plant. However, that freedom can spawn security issues if unauthorized personnel can interfere with data in the hand-held display.
“We need to sort out how to handle access to the system,” Helmy explained.
D-S has developed wireless, remote monitoring of extrusion systems in conjunction with Adaptive Instruments LLC. Helmy said his firm has taken the concept a step further with blow molding by adding control capability.