Universal consolidates line optimisation software onto two modules

Soldering & Surface Mount Technology

ISSN: 0954-0911

Article publication date: 1 August 2004




(2004), "Universal consolidates line optimisation software onto two modules", Soldering & Surface Mount Technology, Vol. 16 No. 2. https://doi.org/10.1108/ssmt.2004.21916bad.011



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Universal consolidates line optimisation software onto two modules

Universal consolidates line optimisation software onto two modules

Keywords: Universal Instruments

Universal Instruments has simplified implementation of its Dimensions line management tools by announcing a radically new Dimensions configuration, a simplified user interface, and a roadmap of future automatic features to reduce the workload for operators and production managers.

By consolidating the line control and line programming functions of the original Dimensions suite, the tool-set is now hosted on two optional boxes consisting of hardware and software that support line control and line programming functions. The Line Control box consolidates the line control features of Dimensions software, and adds new features to minimize changeover time and track consumption information per line. The Line Control box also provides a new user interface that is both easier to use and allows the line to be controlled from the screen of any machine, enhancing utilization.

The Line Programming box supports offline programming and optimisation of the line and also hosts the Dimensions product and component library management functions. Data management functions are included in each module to facilitate interpretation and use of machine data, including remote access via a network connection. One or both boxes may be fitted, according to customer requirements.

"This new configuration, combined with current and future feature enhancements, makes Dimensions an even more powerful tool for customers seeking to get more from their machines and lines," said Peter Bologna, Director of GSM Platform Products. "The new Line Control and Line Programming boxes make Dimensions easier to use and install, and make training faster and easier".

Further enhancements will include auto- validation and auto-programming capabilities, based on Universal's intelligent PrecisionPro feeders that are capable of identifying themselves to the machine. Auto validation will enable the machine to automatically detect and identify feeders, using the data gained to validate each component type. Auto programming will automatically list feeders to be added when a new product is setup.

In early 2004, the Dimensions suite will add these and several other features to aid in change over, production, programming and data management. Later in the year, Universal will add consumption monitoring as well as feeder and reel management.

For further information, visit the Web site: www.uic.com

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