Manufacturing Systems Inc.


  Laser "Bridge" Projects

A particular application of the Batch Process software that has been developed was for a purchased “laser scribe” machine.  The laser scribed various information and pictures onto the Client's parts and involved a number of aspects:

The first requirement of this project was to work with the companies IT department and to help developed an interface for their customer service representative.  This interface allowed the representatives to be able to enter and store the Customer’s requested information directly into a data base.   

When the order, which sometimes was accompanied with a part, arrived at the laser station, the operator could then enter the order number.  A number of “checks and balances” were implemented to verify that the correct part was associated with the correct order. The "bridge" program that was developed would then retrieve the customers information through the companies intranet.

The software also access another database that was developed for this project that maintained the information for the specific part number and provided information to setup the laser. This database also provided a number of “machine” parameters which allowed the software to "guide" the operator though the process.  

The sequence of operation was typically as follows:  After the operator entered the order number, the program would display some information that would allow the operator to verify be able to verify if the correct part was being processed.  The program would then instruct the operator to load the appropriate fixture.  When the operator indicated that the fixture was loaded, the program would then instruct what part to load into the fixture.  When the operator acknowledged that all was ready, the laser was instructed by the program to adjust the X,Y positions, the focal length, and any Laser parameters that were necessary for that particular part and finish.  When the part was completed, the program would “reset” the machine and would instruct the operator to remove the part and the fixture.  This process eliminated the need to run "test" parts which saved a tremendous amount of time and parts.  Operator training and mistakes were also greatly reduced.

This was a very successful project and is a good representation of the type of coordination and team work that has been typically been needed with the Clients.  One of the more challenging aspects of this project was to work with the company that provided the laser equipment so that the "bridge" program could setup and "remotely" operate the laser.

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