Bolton, Ontario-based injection press maker Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. and Matrikon Inc. have teamed up to introduce a factory-monitoring and scheduling system designed for injection molding.
SmartLink is based on industrial automation software from Matrikon, a producer of plant software and a major system integrator based in Edmondton, Alberta.
Matrikon was named one of the 50 largest process automation suppliers in North America by Control magazine.
The plant-monitoring system uses Matrikon's MxNet and MxPTACi as the Web-based interface for process monitoring and production scheduling.
“What differentiates SmartLink from other plant-monitoring products on the market is its simplicity and flexibility,” said Mike Gould, Husky's vice president of factory planning. “The solution provides all levels of the organization access to real-time data of factory performance, regardless of where they are located.”
SmartLink can be connected to non-Husky machines. Other features include instant notification via e-mail and pager, constraint-based planning that synchronizes production with tooling and maintenance, optimum data storage that compresses data and reduces the amount of storage space required, and the flexibility to easily add modules.