Jay Jenkins is the newest member to the Production Components team. Coming in as a technician specialist, Jay is diving head first into the hows, whys and whens of all the technology we represent. In doing so, Jay has become versed in Physicom, our newest principal. Here’s what he knows:
PC (Production Components): Jay, give us a quick introduction to Physicom. In a nutshell, what kind of products do they offer, and how can they be applied to manufacturers?
JJ (Jay Jenkins): Well, the Physicom line provides process monitoring instruments for a slew of applications ranging from load/force measurement for press fitting and forming via strain gauge load cells; torque measurements for rotary applications such as engine displacement tests; electric motor output and automotive dial response. They also offer displacement applications of bending or deformation, length tolerances, pneumatic cylinders and feed strokes. Most of Physicom’s applications involve some type of force over distance measurement in a press operation.Jackie live streaming movie
PC: In addition to force and distance measurement, can other processes or tests be conducted?
JJ: Sure. Electrical resistance measurement is another strong area for Physicom. Their products can test torque, pressure, resistance and temperature derivatives. Also, voltage supply can be measured using piezo electronic components. On top of all that, they offer laser sensors for triangular scanning, reading second and third measurements, signal processing such as amplifiers indicators and isolators for creating smooth channel frequency, giving you less signal noise as interference while collecting data.
PC: Their controllers and monitors sound real useful, but do I need to use load cells and sensors from Physicom, or can I use other brands and types?
JJ: You can use other brands as long as they meet the required load parameters for the job at hand. The great thing about the Physicom systems is that they are easily adaptable to existing setups and equipment – plug and play kind of devices.
PC: How many different monitoring criteria can be applied to a program? And can I mix and match different types of evaluation methods?
JJ: Well, for instance, the 9310 model gives you three evaluating windows and for the flagship 9307 model you have 10 evaluating windows, allowing a combination of pass or fail requirements including:
– Rectangular – where you have the traditional in one side and out the other. This feature allows you to set x and y points for the parameters of pass and fail.
– Trapezoidal – this is similar to the rectangular window but allows for a wider range for longer load evaluations if the rectangular window is not applicable
– Mathematical – this function allows you to use algorithmic equations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to further hone in on the efficiency of parts past the standard use of viewing windows. You can use the result of one operation as a quantity to complete any one of these functions.
– Threshold – where instead of an actual window, you have a vertical boundary displayed, allowing parts to pass as long as they do not exceed the high point or drop below the low point as it passes through.
– Envelope – This is like a bandwidth around your curve. It can go around the whole curve or just parts of it, where you just want to be sure that it follows the general shape and form of a master curve.
– Block Window – This window is the final portion of your curve – it allows you to make sure the maximum force has been applied as another way of determining whether to pass or fail a part. In this window, the part can fall below the boxes border but once it enters into the box it will fail if it again drops below the border, signaling a breakthrough or broken part.
And yes, you can mix and match any evaluation type, but you are limited to three evaluations in the 9310 and 10 in the 9307.
PC: Can the controller only be used to MONITOR, or can it also provide some CONTROL of the process?
JJ: The equipment is designed to be used for monitoring but it can in some cases be used for controlling. For instance, you can tag a window or evaluation to be “live” whereby if it fails the particular evaluation, it will trigger an output, which in turn can be received by your PLC to abort the cycle, or do something else. Controlling functionality would require more in-depth adaptations.
PC: Can this technology be adapted to existing machinery or must it be designed in from the start?
JJ: Yes this equipment can easily be applied to existing machines. This is one of Physicom’s primary focuses – to offer products that allow versatility for various demands.
PC: Does the unit collect data and if so, how much data can be stored?
JJ: Yes the unit does collect data but no, it doesn’t store data on the actual unit. However the display screen will keep ghost curves displayed on the screen as a reference mark. For data storing capabilities, an online data basing system is available which allows you to collect, store and process results.
PC: What if I have multiple stations that I want to monitor, can I control multiple stations from a single control?
JJ: This equipment does allow you to link multiple units to one Master control PC for easy data collection. This is perfect for automated applications. However, this device is designed to monitor only one station at a time. The 9307 does give you a feature of using two Y- channels simultaneously if need be, giving you the option to monitor two loads on the same plane as well as a third on the X plane.
PC: Do you support any control integration protocols, such as Device Net, Ethernet/IP, etc?
JJ: Device Net is available. No Ethernet/IP yet but this will be available in upcoming models. Profibus is also available giving you top performing transmitting speeds. A 10 Khz of sampling rate is available to you in the 9307 model.
PC: Can you provide integration assistance to existing machinery or handle the integration to a new station?
JJ: Yes, the easy adaptability of this system gives you the luxury to just plug and play the system. Adding these products to a new station will enhance the capabilities of that station with higher quality of production, quantitative data support, and a deeper understanding of your process and your machines capabilities.
PC: What about training, will PCI provide training, and if so, is it an extra cost?
JJ: Yes initial training is included with the installation of any Physicom device, which is included in the pricing. More in-depth or further training will be available if necessary and will be at the customer’s expense.
To learn more about Physicom, go to http://www.physicomcorp.com/