Davis-Standard LLC has announced its DS Activ-Check system for continuous extruder predictive monitoring, in response to the demand for “smart” technology.
Activ-Check lets processors take advantage of real-time predictive maintenance by providing early notifications of potential extruder failures. The system alerts machine operators to issues before they happen, reducing unplanned downtime while collecting valuable data, the company said. Users receive notifications by email or text. Continuous monitoring of machine status is available on smart devices and personal computers.
Davis-Standard said the system is easy to operate. Users can touch a location to view details or use on-screen setup for email or text notifications.
Vibration sensors on the extruder reducer give data regarding the condition of the gears, bearings and lubrication system. The extruder motor is supplied with combination temperature and vibration sensors. The extruder lubrication system, if provided, includes pressure, flow and temperature sensors.
Operators also can monitor key health-indicator parameters in the drive power unit, for an early indicator of potential power unit issues.
“The Activ-Check system provides much-needed data for processors to improve performance, including being able to plan production around scheduled maintenance activities,” said John Clemens, director of extrusion controls at Davis-Standard, which is based in Pawcatuck, Conn.
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