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Question

When using the TM-50, it only feeds on one pocket at a time which seems to slow the process down, how can we increase throughput.

 

Solution

Check the "Advance" setting as it is probably set to 1.  
Change to an appropriate value.

 

Example

Change the Advance parameter to 5.

  1. When the foot switch is pressed the tape advances, if a vision system is attached, then inspection takes place before advancing.
  2. If a vision system is used, a pass signal is sent from the vision system to the TM-50 controller and then the pocket advances.
  3. Inspection and advance will continue until either the advance quantity is reached or in the case of vision systems, until an error is detected.

Please also refer to the TM-50 User Manual as this will provide additional information on this feature.

What is a Versacount

The Versacount2 is a semi-automated system for counting parts in reels of carrier tape.

What is EPD

This system has an option to use an EPD (Empty Pocket Detection) sensor, which is used to check if any parts are missing from any of the pockets within the reel of carrier tape.  This is a very useful feature to use when running stock takes, inventory control or kitting, specifically when the parts are of high value.

How does EPD Work

The EPD is a through hole sensor with both an emitter and receiver located above and below the carrier tape. Because it relies on detecting a beam of light passing through the carrier tape pockets to detect an empty pocket, it will function properly only when using black carrier tapes that have center holes or clear plastic tape.

It should be noted too, that the EPD is designed to function properly only when the parts counted meet a size minimum. For black carrier tape, the parts should be at least 0.05" in width (0805 package). For clear carrier tape, the parts should be at least 0.063" in width (1206 package).

Setting up EPD for either black or clear carrier tapes is simple.

EPD with Black Carrier Tape

Simply align an empty pocket directly under the EPD sensor before running the job.  The system will then check the EPD signal, which is expected top be blocked all the time that black tape or a component is in a pocket.  If no part is in a pocket, the EPD sensor will see the light passing through the pocket hole and trigger an EPD count. 

EPD with Clear Carrier Tape

Simply align a pocket, with a part in it, under the EPD sensor before running the job.
The system will check the EPD signal each time the tape has been advanced, by the pitch amount set for the job.  If there is no part in the pocket, then the EPD sensor will see the light passing through either the pocket hole of through the clear tape and trigger an EPD count.

Please Note: Parts which are placed on paper carrier can not be used with the EPD.
Typically, these tend to be very small sized, low value parts so there tends to me no commercial or production value in using EPD on such small parts.  The Versacount 2 can still be used to count parts on paper carriers providing they meet the minimum pitch/part requirements.

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In an effort to be as flexible and efficient as possible in the way that we handle all requests for support, we have created our new online helpdesk to provide both our staff and customers a central resource.

No more trawling through emails to check the latest status of on an issue, or creating your own lists to try and help keep track, simply use our helpdesk to manage all requests and save some time.

 

  
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Via the Adaptsys Helpdesk, select the relevant department and submit a ticket.

You do not need to have an account or be signed in to submit a ticket, although signing in first is highly recommended as it will save you time and ensure that the request is correctly linked with your account..
The advantage of this method is that we use dynamic forms that are loaded based on the enquiry type, these are used to collect all the relevant information for your support request.

Once stored online, you and your colleagues can access the requests to share the workload.
Additionally, logs are created for each request to save time and date information regarding who responded, status changes and who were notified.  Any attachments are also stored too.

 

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You can send an email to us at support@adaptsys.com with details of the support request, making sure you include all relevant information such as equipment make and models and software versions.

Our staff will assess the request and log this on the helpdesk.  
If you have an account already, then it will be associated with your account and you will get a notification that it has been created.
If you do not have an account, we will create one for you, associate the request with your account and mail your login details to you.

All helpdesk notifications you receive will include a "Reply below/above line" text area. Simply add a response between these tags and the response will be added to the online request.

 

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You are always welcome to call your local office and discuss any issues that you may have.

  • UK Customers: +44 (0) 1730 262444
  • French Customers: +33 (0) 143 97 80 30
  • German Customers: +49 (0)163 6287570
  • Hungarian Customers: +36 30 419 2630

Your request will be logged in the same way as mentioned above to allow a record to be kept and to follow through to a conclusion.

 

 

We always recommend that support is done through our Helpdesk online.

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Omron E5GN Temperature Controller

The Omron E5GN Temperature Controller is used to monitor and maintain a target temperature range for the sealing shoes of the heat sealer. The heat sealer is equipped with two controllers, which control the two sealer shoes (inside and outside) independently. The controllers are set by default to maintain a temperature range equal to the set point +/-10 degrees for their respective sealer shoe. The controller does this by comparing the present value (current temperature) to the set point (target temperature). It turns on the heating element in the sealer shoe whenever the present value drops to 10 degrees below the set point and allows them to cool when the present value rises to 10 degrees above the target temperature.

Adjusting the Set Points

To adjust the set point, simply press the increment or decrement keys (up and down arrows). The green Set Point Display will show the changes and the controller will immediately begin adjusting the temperature of the sealer shoes according to the new range that results. If a large adjustment is required, pressing and holding the up or down arrow keys will increase or decrease the set point quickly.

TM50-Fig1 1

Default Factory Settings

Refer to the Omron E5GN User’s Guide when necessary for more detailed technical information regarding the operation of the temperature controllers. The directions below describe the factory settings set at the time the controllers are installed at V-TEK, Inc.

Operation Level Settings (Figure 1.2)

TM50-Fig1 2

  1. Select the Run-Stop settings, displayed as r-S, by pressing the Mode Key. It should be set to rUn.
  2. Select the Upper Limit Alarm, displayed as AL 1H. It should be set to 10.
  3. Select the Lower Limit Alarm, displayed as AL 1L. It should be set to 10.

Setting Protection Levels (Figure 1.3)

TM50-Fig1 3

  1. Press and hold the level and mode keys for at least three seconds. The controller will enter Protect Level.
  2. The first parameter, Operation/Adjustment Protection, will read as oAPt on the PV display. It should be set to 0. If not, make adjustments with the Up or Down Arrow Keys.
  3. Press the Mode Key. This moves to the Initial Setting/Communications Protection parameter, which will read as iCPt. It should be set to 1.
  4. Press the Mode Key again. This moves to the Setting Changes Protection parameter, which will read as utPt. It should be set to off.

Initial Settings (Figure 1.4)

TM50-Fig1 4

  1. Press the Level Key for at least three seconds. The PV display will flash after one second and temperature control will stop. The controller is then in Initial Settings Level.
  2. The Input Type parameter will display as In-T. It should be set to 2. This setting corresponds to the J type thermocouple used in V-TEK sealers.
  3. Select the Temperature Unit parameter, displayed as d-u, by pressing the Mode Key. It should set to C, which selects Celsius.
  4. Select the Control Period parameter, displayed as CP, by pressing the Mode Key.
    It should be set to 5.
  5. Select the Direct/Reverse Operation parameter, displayed as orEu. It Should be set to or-r.
  6. Select the PID/On-Off parameter, displayed as CntL. It should be set to Pid.
  7. Select the Self-tuning parameter, displayed as St. It should be set to off.
  8. Select the Alarm Type parameter, displayed as ALt1. It should be set to 1.
  9. Select the Set Point High Limitter, displayed as sl-H. It should be set to 850.
  10. Select the Set Point Low Limitter, displayed as sl-L. It should be set to -100.

Adjustment Level Settings (Figure 1.5)

TM50-Fig1 5

  1. While still in the Initial Settings Level, press the Level Key once for less than one second. The controller will enter the Adjustment Level.
  2. The initial parameter displayed is the Auto-tuning parameter, displayed as At. It should be set to off.
  3. Select the Temperature Input Shift parameter, displayed as inS, by pressing the Mode Key. It should be set to 0.0.
  4. Select the Proportional Band parameter, displayed as P. It should be set to 20.
  5. Select the Integral Time parameter, displayed as i. It should be set to 42.
  6. Select the Derivative Time parameter, displayed as d. It should be set to 7.
  7. Press the Level key again for less than one second. The controller will return to normal operation.

This is an advisory note, for any TM50 owners that have vision system attached to the system that are experiencing slow throughput when inspecting.

The information provided is generic, as various vision systems can be utilised, so please consult the user manual for your TM50 and the relevant vision system documentation.

Issue

During taping jobs, the time between pocket advances seems to be too long typically over a couple of seconds or more, this has an impact on slowing down production.

Cause

The vision systems software settings are set to store job and part information on an external location, such as a companies server.  The impact can vary depending on the server type and typically are a result of a slow network and/or disc writing speed.

Expectation

When a part is inspected, the TM50 waits for a pass signal from the vision system before advancing the pocket.  The inspection process takes a fraction of a second, so pocket advance should be very quick.

Reality

As a result of the data writing, inspection takes place but there is a delay in processing and saving the data to the network.

Remedy

Disable writing of inspection data or set to a local disc folder, which can be shared to the network.

 

 

 

Question

When using the TM-50, it only feeds on one pocket at a time which seems to slow the process down, how can we increase throughput.

 

Solution

Check the "Advance" setting as it is probably set to 1.  
Change to an appropriate value.

 

Example

Change the Advance parameter to 5.

  1. When the foot switch is pressed the tape advances, if a vision system is attached, then inspection takes place before advancing.
  2. If a vision system is used, a pass signal is sent from the vision system to the TM-50 controller and then the pocket advances.
  3. Inspection and advance will continue until either the advance quantity is reached or in the case of vision systems, until an error is detected.

Please also refer to the TM-50 User Manual as this will provide additional information on this feature.

In an effort to be as flexible and efficient as possible in the way that we handle all requests for support, we have created our new online helpdesk to provide both our staff and customers a central resource.

No more trawling through emails to check the latest status of on an issue, or creating your own lists to try and help keep track, simply use our helpdesk to manage all requests and save some time.

 

  
web-icon
Online

Via the Adaptsys Helpdesk, select the relevant department and submit a ticket.

You do not need to have an account or be signed in to submit a ticket, although signing in first is highly recommended as it will save you time and ensure that the request is correctly linked with your account..
The advantage of this method is that we use dynamic forms that are loaded based on the enquiry type, these are used to collect all the relevant information for your support request.

Once stored online, you and your colleagues can access the requests to share the workload.
Additionally, logs are created for each request to save time and date information regarding who responded, status changes and who were notified.  Any attachments are also stored too.

 

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Email

You can send an email to us at support@adaptsys.com with details of the support request, making sure you include all relevant information such as equipment make and models and software versions.

Our staff will assess the request and log this on the helpdesk.  
If you have an account already, then it will be associated with your account and you will get a notification that it has been created.
If you do not have an account, we will create one for you, associate the request with your account and mail your login details to you.

All helpdesk notifications you receive will include a "Reply below/above line" text area. Simply add a response between these tags and the response will be added to the online request.

 

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Call

You are always welcome to call your local office and discuss any issues that you may have.

  • UK Customers: +44 (0) 1730 262444
  • French Customers: +33 (0) 143 97 80 30
  • German Customers: +49 (0)163 6287570
  • Hungarian Customers: +36 30 419 2630

Your request will be logged in the same way as mentioned above to allow a record to be kept and to follow through to a conclusion.

 

 

We always recommend that support is done through our Helpdesk online.