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Automated Coating Thickness Measurement in Production

Coating Thickness on Steel Engine Pistons

Automatic Coating Thickness Measurement

More and more often adherence to a specification for the coating thickness of a product is directly monitored in the production facility. This reduces the risk for failure and enables the process to be adjusted in a timely manner. The prerequisite for such an application is a reliable measurement instrument that allows communication with control and monitoring units in the production facility.

Automatic Layer Thickness Measurement for the Optimization of Manufacturing Processes

To control and if necessary adjust a manufacturing process it is optimal to monitor the process itself and provide direct feedback to regulate the process. For a coating process with tight tolerances regarding the layer thickness this means to measure the coating thickness right after applying the coat. Such process monitoring is an ideal task for the FISCHERSCOPEยฎ MMSยฎ PC2. Coating thicknesses at different positions can be measured simultaneously with up to eight probes.

PLC Using with the FISCHERSCOPEยฎ MMSยฎ PC2

A key feature for automated process control is the communication between all technical units involved. In industrial manufacturing plants control and monitoring normally take place via a PLC.

The FISCHERSCOPEยฎ MMSยฎ PC2 has USB and serial communication interfaces as standard, in addition it can be equipped with a digital I/O module which allows remote control of the unit from a PLC.

Components and Software of the FISCHERSCOPEยฎ MMSยฎ PC2

The readings of the probes are presented on a TFT display with a good read-out capability. Direct operation of the unit takes place via an integrated touch screen or with an external keyboard and/or mouse. Microsoft Windowsโ„ข CE is used as the operating system, a familiar user interface from many PC programs. The software of the instrument is multilingual and is capable to generate reports in CSV and ASCII format.

Additionally, tolerance limits can be defined for each probe individually, either for parts sorting or just to indicate violation of the tolerance limit using a signal lamp and/or acoustic alarm.

Your Measuring Instrument for the Automatic Coating Thickness Measurement in Production

For automated coating thickness measurement in a production facility Fischer provides a suitable solution with the FISCHERSCOPEยฎ MMSยฎ PC2, connected via modern communication interfaces to a PLC. Up to 8 probes can be controlled, selected according to application needs out of the wide variety of Fischer probes. Ask your local Fischer representative for further information.

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