CHICAGO (Aug. 7, 5:35 p.m. EDT) — Facts Inc. debuted two process control technologies at NPE 2006 in Chicago.
The Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, firm said its new Universal Scanner Interface is a cost-effective way to control gauge in extruded profiles. USI sends linear scan data to a Facts console where the web profile is displayed to allow corrections via closed-loop and auto-die bolt control.
Director of marketing and sales Al Hodge said USI is ideal for retrofitting since it leaves major parts of the control system in place. Facts works with several gauge suppliers to ensure its system meshes with existing lines.
“Electronics are what get obsolete,” he said. “We can do a whole upgrade in a day.”
Also introduced in conjunction with X-Rite Inc. was the VeriColor Spectro system of noncontact color measurement in extrusion. Unlike conventional color systems requiring samples sent to a laboratory, the new technology is online, said Hodge, and provides absolute color measurements and color identification from a spectrophotometer.