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Safety and simplicity for the Operator


The control systems have been designed with two primary goals:

The first is "simplicity" for the operator.  This has been accomplished through not providing the large number of buttons found on most custom equipment.  One approach has been to make the control software "smart" enough to perform the auto calibration and to be able to automatically clear "jams" when detected.  The second approach has been to divide the controls into three distinct levels of access.  The first level is for the operator and only has the bare minimum of switches, buttons and indicators necessary.  The second level is the controls necessary for set-up of the equipment.  The third level of access is for maintenance.  Under this level of access, all functions can be manipulated, etc. 

The picture to the left demonstrates these three levels of access.  The first is the "Emergency Stop" button for the operator. The second level allows the setup operator to manipulate all of the process functions.  The simplicity of the control panel makes it very easy for operators to begin using this machine without being intimidated or extensive training.

Another primary goal for each of the projects has been safety.  In addition to being specified to be built and labeled per UL Standards, safety modules, (usually Banner brand) have been integrated into the control systems.  These systems insure that when the Emergency Stop is activated that all functions stop. 


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