Feeders

  1. Scalable hardware architecture.
  2. Open software architecture.
  3. Press simulation.
    Every colt feeder (after 2008) has built-in Press simulator (software), so that the feeder can be tested w/o the involvement of press or dedicated hardware simulator.

  4. Press Feed angle monitoring and feed angle measuring (degree).
    Feed angle is constantly monitored and measured (in degree), the measured feed angle can be used to verify the CAM setting when getting the “Feed angle loss” fault.

  5. Press speed measuring (SPM).
  6. Feed time-used measuring (%).
  7. Feeder position tracking in manual, setup and auto mode.
  8. Die friction monitoring.
  9. Anti-Jam detection for feeding and threading.
    When the anti-jam for threading is enabled, the jogging forwards will lock out if there is an excessive friction or obstruction on the material when jogging forwards, it will unlock with jogging reverse, therefore, material bending or folding can be avoided when threading. When the anti-jam for feeding is enabled, the material flow through the feeder and the press is constantly monitored, the feeder will stop if mismatch is detected before causing further mess.

  10. Part counter and batch counter.
  11. Feed speed and acceleration optimization.
    It can be a challenge for an operator to figure out the optimal feed speed and acceleration to use more than 90% the feed angle, with the measured press speed, feed angle, pressing one button press, the operator can get the optimal speed and acceleration so that, with the current feed length, more than 90% of the feed angle is used. As a result, less jerk, lower acceleration, and less slippage.

  12. Intuitive operation, contextual operation and screen navigation.
    Message guided operation, operator can hand on with ease.

  13. Explicit diagnostic message in plain text.
    All drive faults are displayed in plain text, no need to consult the user’s manual to find out the detail of the fault.

  14. Zig-Zag feeder with X-Y synchronized motion.
    Colt has delivered Zig-Zag feeder with X-Y synchronized motion since 2009, X and Y axis always synchronized, one axis with shorter feed and the other axis with longer feed will have exactly the same moving time, as a result, smoother movement, less jerk and stress to the ball screw.

  15. Dual HMI support (optional).
    Dual HMI can be deployed, one on feeder console, the other on press console, such that the operator doesn’t need walk between those two consoles frequently during machine setup.

  16. Integration feeder control to press control
    Thanks to the compact design of the feeder control, it can be easily installed in the press control panel and shares the same HMI of press control, w/o programming on the press control side.

  17. Smart device ready for diagnostic assistance and jogging as a wireless pendant.
    When feeder is part of Colt’s line, all the diagnosis of the line can be accessed via smart device, and smart device can be used as wireless jogging pendant.

  18. Job storage (min20, max100 jobs).
  19. Loop control integrated in feeder control (optional).
    Feeder can interface with analogue loop sensor, and control straightener or/and uncoiler to run at constant speed which equals to the throughput speed of feeder.

  20. Shear control integrated in feeder control (optional)
    Feeder can seamlessly control the shear on a cut-to-length line.

  21. Electronically linked to press through cam profile (optional).
    Feeder can linked to the press via absolute encoder or resolver mounted on the press, the feed-length, start-angle, and stop-angle all can be altered on the fly, the online CAM building works in the background, when new CAM profile is built, the feeder will switch to the new CAM. For demanding application with 3G or more acceleration, custom “S” curve is used for online CAM building.

  22. Override control of straightener /uncoiler (Optional),
    With a combination key on the feeder HMI, the operator can put straightener and/or uncolier into auto run, as a result, the operator ‘s trip and time is saved.

  23. Animated batching control (optional).
    The feeder’s screen will animate the batching process in batching control, it’ll give the operator a clear view of the process when stop or resume the bacthing.

  24. Universal interconnectivity, DeviceNet, Profibus, ProfiNet, EtherNet/IP (optional).
    The feeder can be easily integrated into the metal forming line, the feeder can even support the customs serial interface with ASCII protocol if required for the old line.

  25. Safety on Board, (Optional).
    The feeder can have “Safe Torque Off (STO)” or “Safety Speed” .

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