Graham Engineering, with headquarters in York, Pennsylvania, will demonstrate its Navigator machine control system at the upcoming K Show.
The K fair, which is the largest polymer trade fair of its kind in the world, will be held 16-23 October at Messe Dusseldorf.
The Navigator system is now offered across all Graham brands, including Engineering, Welex and American Kuhne.
These divisions specialise in production of medical tubing, blow moulding, sheet production and other related applications.
Based on a Windows platform, Navigator supports “intuitive, integrated process control”, according to company CEO, David Schroeder.
Graham vice-president Justin Kilgore explains further: “High visual correlation between the touchscreen and machine function ensures an intuitive user experience that provides ease of use and a rapid learning curve for both new and experienced operators.”
The hardware presenting the interface has been designed to withstand harsh industrial conditions, including electrical interference and high temperatures.
Navigator offers supervisory line control and an open architecture supporting data collection for process analysis and machine trouble shooting.
Originally developed for Graham’s extrusion blow moulding systems, and then adapted for the Welex sheet extrusion line, the control system is now available for American Kuhne extrusion systems.
Three levels of functionality are available: XC100 for stand-alone extruders; XC200 for one or more extruders in simultaneous operation, and; XC300 for integrated production lines with multiple components, such as a puller, water bath, or winder.
Graham Engineering will have a series of demonstrations on its stand at the K Show (Hall 16, stand A71), including an American Kuhne medical extrusion system featuring three modular extruders and the XC300 Navigator control.