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9/12/2019 Member News
Vetaphone Moves Beyond Industry 4.0

Vetaphone Moves Beyond Industry 4.0

As a pioneer in corona and plasma surface treatment we continuously strive to be at the forefront of the technological development, taking Industry 4.0 to a new level. Our CEO, Frank Eisby explains, “Many see the integrated display as the end-game – we see it as the beginning and have made it available on our iCC7 unit since 2017.”

The overall aim of our designers is to facilitate technology operation so that it is as easy and effective as possible. By making control of the surface treatment system an intuitive task, and collating and utilising feedback from operators who use the technology in a commercial environment on an everyday basis, we have refined the function to its maximum point in current working conditions.

“On the iCC7 we keep the front page of the display simple, with optional in-depth sophistication that allows the operative to explore more detailed information as required. Our iCC7 logs function and maintenance requirements, with remote analysis via a download tool and USB port,” Frank Eisby continues.

In taking Industry 4.0 to the next step, we are well aware that surface treatment alone is only part of the process. A hardware interface, such as PROFINET, is just one of the many different types available on our equipment that allow centralised set-up and control from the main machine HMI. Centralised HMI allows one operator to oversee production, including several lines at the same time. As a service we provide free software advice during implementation of the interface, which with graduated feedback provides the operator with only the information required at that stage – although full details are accessible at any time.

With a growing list of key OEMs in our portfolio, we understand the importance of hassle-free set-up on the latest presses, laminating, and extruding lines. Although only an ancillary part and process, corona or plasma surface treatment is a vital link in any smooth and efficient production line. “Our OEMs need to be sure that our equipment meets their own high standards for reliable performance, which is the reason we have been successful in increasing our global market penetration”, adds Frank Eisby.

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