Outdated Interfaces Are Being Eliminated

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preeflow control unit eco-CONTROL EC200 2.0

preeflow by ViscoTec starts 2019 with a new control system

Thomas Diringer, Business Unit Manager Components & Devices, reveals the details behind the development of the new preeflow dispensing controller and explains the features which, in combination with the eco-PEN and eco-DUO dispensers, ensure maximum precision and reliability in the dispensing process.

Mr Diringer, in general, what are the tasks of a dispensing controller?

The dispensing control unit serves primarily to control and parameterise the associated dispensers. However, pressure monitoring of the dispensing process is also carried out via the control. In the event of a fault, the operator can intervene and act immediately.  This guarantees a reliable process with precise dispensing results.

Why did you decide to develop a new control system?

preeflow eco-CONTROL EC200 2.0

preeflow eco-CONTROL EC200 2.0

The performance of the old controller eco-CONTROL EC200 was good, but the usability needed to be improved. The operation was partly in need of explanation and not so clear. With the new device, we want to go a further step towards industry 4.0. In addition, the design was outdated and no longer in keeping with the modern times. However, the decisive factor for the development of the new control system was for a completely different reason: due to the increasing automation and the associated integration of the control system into fully automated systems, the demands on the dispensing process are naturally also increasing. The old controller was simply no longer able to keep up and we initiated the development of a new generation of controllers.

Which features are offered to the customer with the new dosing control?

One new feature is that the controller can be used in combination with all preeflow dispensers and no longer needs to be differentiated: between the eco-PEN and eco-DUO dispensers, and also with the eco-SPRAY. A so-called Fast Boot offers a quick start-up of the control. The device can be used as a desktop, monitor or built-in version – depending on the customer’s requirements. The large (7″ TFT) display with capacitive touch and graphical user interface (GUI) contributes to intuitive user friendliness. The view of the user interface is configurable, e.g. the dispensing window on the display can be individually adapted to the needs of the customer.

The new dispensing control with its modern aluminium casing and the colour design according to the guidelines of our corporate design is not only an eye-catcher optically. The compact design also has its advantages: the power supply unit is now integrated into the control unit so that there is no additional component in the control cabinet. The shielding is also provided by the controller casing. With the product relaunch, an external program selection without additional devices is possible, since the eco-REMOTE is built into the new dispensing control.

The control unit also offers options for pressure and temperature monitoring, 100 program memory locations and enables fast, clear storage of programs. The outdated interfaces have also been eliminated and replaced by a USB port for easy handling. In addition, integration in large systems with PLC is possible.

USPs for the customer:

  • Fast Boot
  • Easy to use
  • Plug’n’play
  • One for all

Ask us and learn more about our new micro dispensing control unit!