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How to Get Smart with Fluid Application for Metal Forming

The SmartFlow controller from Unist provides advanced press control integration, fluid usage tracking, process monitoring, and enhanced diagnostic and maintenance tools to keep the press line running productively with the right amount of lubrication.

Posted: September 11, 2019

Booth D-46339: The SmartFlow controller from Unist monitors all critical functions – pressure, flow, solenoid valve performance, and production line status – to deliver lubrication as required to keep the press line running productively. It tracks and monitors the status of roller covers, filters, valves and other consumables and provides maintenance reminders and log changes to ensure continual system performance. Should a failure occur, its diagnostic tools quickly pinpoint and solve issues to get the line back up and running.
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In Booth D-46339, the SmartFlow™ controller from Unist, Inc. (Grand Rapids, MI) enables metal formers to get smart with fluid application. Designed around an intuitive and easy-to-use operator interface, this controller allows for simple, guided setup, advanced press control integration, fluid usage tracking, process monitoring, and enhanced diagnostic and maintenance tools. Save and recall jobs manually or have the press controller select the job for easy, automatic changeover. Back up and transfer jobs and settings between lines with a USB flash drive and the SmartFlow USB port. Pair the controller with Unist precision fluid applicators for an intelligent, easy-to-use lubrication system that eliminates wasted fluid and mess, reduces scrap, and maximizes profits. The controller’s touch screen interface allows users to easily access jobs, settings, maintenance reminders, and more. Its intuitive menu structure and straightforward set up allow for easy transition from box to production line.

Guided flow tests, enhanced priming and job setup wizards make SmartFlow the easiest lubricant controller to use and the smartest choice for metal forming applications. Once a job is created, editing the settings is easy. Simply increase or decrease the fluid setting and the controller will do the rest. This allows for quick fine-tuning of lubricant settings to ensure the proper amount of fluid is applied. Jobs are completely portable and can easily be copied with a removable USB flash drive from one controller to another for maximum flexibility. The smarts of this system don’t end at the user interface. Advanced communication ability allows the controller to communicate seamlessly with production line equipment for automatic job changes and alarm and status messages. The controller takes the guesswork out of tracking fluid consumption. Directly measure how much fluid the process is consuming with an optional flow meter. With this system, metal formers work smarter and know their exact lubricant cost per part.

Insufficient lubrication causes expensive downtime. SmartFlow monitors all critical functions to ensure the system is performing at the highest possible level. Pressure, flow, solenoid valve performance, and production line status can all be monitored to ensure lubrication is delivered as required to ensure the press line keeps running productively with the right amount of lubrication. The controller can also track and monitor the status of consumables, such as roller covers, filters, and valves. It can set up with maintenance reminders and log changes to ensure the system continually performs. Also, should a failure occur, you’ll get back up and running quickly with easy-to-use diagnostic tools which let you quickly pinpoint and solve issues.

Unist, Inc., 4134 36th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512-2903, 616-949-0853, www.unist.com.

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