METTLER-TOLEDO Safeline has added the ability to mirror a metal detector's interface remotely, known as emulation, to its Profile metal detectors
Using a Virtual Network Computing (VNC) client, Emulation allows operators to mirror the interface of one or multiple in-line metal detectors onto networked devices, including mobile phones, tablets and laptops and other industrial equipment. This approach is an extremely flexible method of data display, delivering productivity benefits through improved access to data remotely, as well as delivering safety benefits by reducing the need for line operators to access the metal detector directly, which are often installed in hazardous or inaccessible locations.
Innovative Emulation technology is also linked with METTLER-TOLEDO Product Inspection's data management software, Prodx, which automatically collects critical inspection process data in one convenient location, significantly reducing the need to interact directly with critical control points (CCPs). ProdX also facilitates faster set-up between production batches and is able to convey advance warnings generated by product inspection devices of adverse trends that may lead to downtime and threaten the efficiency of the production line. Together, the two technologies make processes more streamlined, more accessible and more efficient.
Head of Sales at METTLER-TOLEDO Safeline Mike Bradley explains how Emulation can be used in a factory setting: "In the first instance, a free of charge application is downloaded which links directly to a metal detector. This means designated personnel can remotely monitor the current status of the device by logging in from an office, or even another site if the supporting infrastructure is in place."
"Using Emulation, it is possible to view any setting changes that have been made to the metal detector, and to review access log statistics without having to be directly in front of the machine. It’s even possible to control the metal detector from the remote device"
Bradley adds. Bradley continues: "There are many important benefits to such an approach. First and foremost, it improves safety in factory environments. Often, metal detectors are installed in inaccessible places. By enabling operators to view the Human Machine Interface (HMI) remotely, production workers can gain access to metal detector data in more convenient settings, often reducing the requirement to climb a ladder or work at height to access the control panel."