Network communication software

Key Technology introduces new OPC-compliant network communication software for all G6 optical sorters and automatic defect removal (ADR) systems.

These are the only sorters in the food processing industry that provide OPC-compliant communication software for plant-wide networking, allowing processors to improve operations.

The new software allows the G6 systems to easily interface with plant networks, extending machine monitoring and communication control capabilities beyond the plant floor to the control room. According to the company, interfacing G6 sorters and ADR systems with the plant network increases automation, reducing operator error.

Machine monitoring allows the plant network to read various settings on the user interface, monitoring both machine status and product data.

The quality of incoming product, as defined by the rate of occurrence of any number of specific defect categories, can be monitored over time and charted to identify trends.

The new communication software provides data to the network, so that networks can be programmed to alert operators or administrators if certain predefined conditions occur.

Specific machine functions can now be controlled remotely or automatically. Product changeovers can be automatically achieved via the network by recalling the product set-up file from memory.

The new OPC-compliant network communication software is available immediately for all G6 sorters and ADR systems, which include the company’s current family of Optyx and Tegra sorters and ADR, 5 as well as legacy sorters and ADR systems, and other company’s sorters that have been upgraded with the G6 electro-optical platform.

According to the company, applications include fresh, frozen, and dried fruits, vegetables, berries, nuts, potatoes and potato strips, snack foods, confections, coffee, and seafood, as well as tobacco and recycled plastics.

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