PC-based automation solutions for dyeing and finishing. The company 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.
Adaptive EPC and APC controllers provide advanced control using touchscreen technology combined with powerful VB.NET programming tools. Cost-effective automation includes entry-level EPC, with 6.4 inch TFT display and Windows XP-embedded operating system, and the APC, which starts with the popular 12.1-inch TFT display, using Windows 2000/XP operating systems. Web browser technology allows full monitoring of the controller via a local network or through Adaptive’s ‘Plant Explorer’.
FUNCTIONS WITHIN THE SOFTWARE INCLUDE
Program Screen – provides the user with a clear display of the position within the theoretical profile and highlights the current step in the procedure
Work List Screen – provides a real-time schedule of jobs, created or updated locally with automatic updates
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
Machine Mimic – real time mimic provides a graphical interface showing clear and rapid simulation of the machine status.
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 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.