Milacron Inc. has received U.S. patent No. 6,609,038 for the integration of advanced multimedia capabilities into the controllers that run plastics processing machinery —things like video, photographs and advanced text messaging.
The features help machine operators set up new molding jobs and do trouble-shooting, right on the plant floor.
“Multimedia capabilities on the open architecture of our patented PC-based Xtreem control,” said Ron Sparer, controls development manager of the Cincinnati machinery maker.
Multimedia allows molders to create their own videos, photos or written memos that automatically appear on the control panel when an operator calls up a new mold program or a specific error happens. Video and photos also eliminate language barriers.
Multimedia capability is now an option on Milacron presses with Xtreem NT control. The technology will be a standard feature on the company's new Xtreem XP controller.