The new Process Monitoring unit from Atlas, a division of PennEngineering (Danboro, PA), introduces a cost-effective capability to monitor the operation of standard Atlas tools while installing blind threaded inserts, and to provide instant feedback and defect detection in line with quality and process requirements. The unit pairs with standard Atlas RIV938 or RIV939 installation tools and compares insert installations with job parameters established at the outset. Failed installations will signal the unit to shut down the tool for corrective actions before proceeding. Features and benefits include:
- Visual and audible alarms that signal correct or incorrect installations.
- Piece counters and batch counters to ensure the proper number of inserts are installed, adjustments can be made easily on the unit’s Electronic Module and password-protected intervention levels prevent unauthorized changes to tool settings.
- Simple unit setup. Once specific installation requirements are designated, the unit will compare all subsequent installations to the established criteria. The unit further can be customized to deliver data to external devices, including PLCs.