Adaptive Control Solutions

Advanced automation

The Adaptive group offers PC-based automation solutions for the dyeing and finishing sector and has expanded rapidly as manufacturers increasingly recognise the flexibility such technology offers. Formed in 1998, Adaptive has headquarters in both the UK and the United States.

Dyeing and finishing systems

Adaptive EPC and APC controllers provide advanced control using touchscreen technology combined with powerful VB.NET programming tools. Cost-effective automation solutions include the entry-level EPC, with its 6.4 inch TFT display and Windows XP-embedded operating system, and the APC, which starts with the popular 12.1-inch TFT display, utilising Windows 2000/XP operating systems. Web browser technology allows full monitoring of the controller via a local network or through Adaptive’s comprehensive central system ‘Plant Explorer’.

Functions within the software include:

Program Screen – The current job screen provides the user with a clear display of the actual position within the theoretical profile and also highlights the current step in the procedure. Overruns are highlighted by each step. Work List Screen – Provides the user with a real-time schedule of jobs. The work list can be created or updated locally with the start and end times of all other jobs in the schedule being updated automatically. Live Graph – A full colour graph is continually plotted and updated. The traces can be redefined at any time to provide the relevant information to the user. Fault diagnosis is also assisted, since the inputs and outputs are also displayed. Machine Mimic – Real time mimic provides a graphical interface showing clear and rapid simulation of the machine status. Password-protected engineering modes make the testing of inputs and outputs from the touch screen mimic possible. History Viewer – Using an onboard industry-standard database, the units can store years of production data. All I/O, variables and parameters are contained within the history files and can be printed as part of quality assurance and non-conformance reporting.Connectivity – Standard networking and web browser tools allow the systems to connect to a company network for on-line monitoring.

Cost-effective liquid dispensing and distribution

Adaptive offers a highly-accurate yet simple volumetric dispensing system for batch and continuous operations, designed to re-use supplier containers in order to reduce cost. Controlled by the company’s industrial touchscreen PC and incorporating stock control of each product, they can be easily linked to third-party recipe management systems. Rapid installation and low cost of ownership enables a quick payback, as well as eliminating all manual handling and associated Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) problems.

Hardware features include:

Batch or continuous operations – It is possible to have one system dispensing to both batch and continuous machines. Utilisation of supplier containers – A major cost advantage of the dispenser is that additional tank farms are not necessary. Using chemical supplier containers such as IBCs, barrels or bulk store tanks reduces costs, installation time and space requirements. Single or multiple lines – The system can be configured with more than one product or destination lines. This offers the benefit of either isolating non-compatible products or simply reducing the distance from product to machine. Variable speed pump – This ensures high accuracy dispensing while still offering low overall dispense times. Quality engineering – Made from chemically-inert materials, the system uses high-quality valves, pumps and flow meters with micro-switch feedbacks to indicate leakage or failure. Hot and cold water feeds – Depending on the chemical being dispensed, hot or cold water can be selected for line priming and/or rinse chase water.

Software features include:

PC Controller – Using the Adaptive APC 12.1-inch touchscreen controller, the software employs the latest web browser tools to allow the system to be viewed remotely. On-board database – An industry-standard on-board database records each dispense with desired and actual amounts along with any system alarms. Automatic stock control – The stock control screen is used to display current stock levels and will display warning indicators for stock low and re-stock required. User-friendly interface – The large full-colour graphical interface allows effortless product reassignment.

Adaptive Control Solutions

Advanced automation

Adaptive Control Solutions Ltd.
Unit 5 Thackley Court Industrial Estate,
Thackley Old Road, Shipley,
West Yorkshire, BD18 1BW, United Kingdom

The Adaptive group offers PC-based automation solutions for the dyeing and finishing sector and has expanded rapidly as manufacturers increasingly recognise the flexibility such technology offers. Formed in 1998, Adaptive has headquarters in both the UK and the United States.

Dyeing and finishing systems

Adaptive EPC and APC controllers provide advanced control using touchscreen technology combined with powerful VB.NET programming tools. Cost-effective automation solutions include the entry-level EPC, with its 6.4 inch TFT display and Windows XP-embedded operating system, and the APC, which starts with the popular 12.1-inch TFT display, utilising Windows 2000/XP operating systems. Web browser technology allows full monitoring of the controller via a local network or through Adaptive’s comprehensive central system ‘Plant Explorer’.

Functions within the software include:

Program Screen – The current job screen provides the user with a clear display of the actual position within the theoretical profile and also highlights the current step in the procedure. Overruns are highlighted by each step. Work List Screen – Provides the user with a real-time schedule of jobs. The work list can be created or updated locally with the start and end times of all other jobs in the schedule being updated automatically. Live Graph – A full colour graph is continually plotted and updated. The traces can be redefined at any time to provide the relevant information to the user. Fault diagnosis is also assisted, since the inputs and outputs are also displayed. Machine Mimic – Real time mimic provides a graphical interface showing clear and rapid simulation of the machine status. Password-protected engineering modes make the testing of inputs and outputs from the touch screen mimic possible. History Viewer – Using an onboard industry-standard database, the units can store years of production data. All I/O, variables and parameters are contained within the history files and can be printed as part of quality assurance and non-conformance reporting.Connectivity – Standard networking and web browser tools allow the systems to connect to a company network for on-line monitoring.

Cost-effective liquid dispensing and distribution

Adaptive offers a highly-accurate yet simple volumetric dispensing system for batch and continuous operations, designed to re-use supplier containers in order to reduce cost. Controlled by the company’s industrial touchscreen PC and incorporating stock control of each product, they can be easily linked to third-party recipe management systems. Rapid installation and low cost of ownership enables a quick payback, as well as eliminating all manual handling and associated Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) problems.

Hardware features include:

Batch or continuous operations – It is possible to have one system dispensing to both batch and continuous machines. Utilisation of supplier containers – A major cost advantage of the dispenser is that additional tank farms are not necessary. Using chemical supplier containers such as IBCs, barrels or bulk store tanks reduces costs, installation time and space requirements. Single or multiple lines – The system can be configured with more than one product or destination lines. This offers the benefit of either isolating non-compatible products or simply reducing the distance from product to machine. Variable speed pump – This ensures high accuracy dispensing while still offering low overall dispense times. Quality engineering – Made from chemically-inert materials, the system uses high-quality valves, pumps and flow meters with micro-switch feedbacks to indicate leakage or failure. Hot and cold water feeds – Depending on the chemical being dispensed, hot or cold water can be selected for line priming and/or rinse chase water.

Software features include:

PC Controller – Using the Adaptive APC 12.1-inch touchscreen controller, the software employs the latest web browser tools to allow the system to be viewed remotely. On-board database – An industry-standard on-board database records each dispense with desired and actual amounts along with any system alarms. Automatic stock control – The stock control screen is used to display current stock levels and will display warning indicators for stock low and re-stock required. User-friendly interface – The large full-colour graphical interface allows effortless product reassignment.

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