Controller enables flexible material handling
The 10/80 unit is the latest addition to AEC’s (Schaumburg, IL) VacTrac series of conveying-control equipment. The device allows operators to control 10 vacuum conveying pumps, 80 loading stations, and 80 purge valves. The 10/80 facilitates manifold sharing, which reduces the need for tubing and purge valves. The device can stage and sequence six vacuum pumps per manifold line.
Each loading station can be assigned to any of the pumps connected to the same manifold. If several loaders on the manifold need material simultaneously from different pumps, the controller’s manifold-sharing function stages the pumps so that they can use the same manifold.
The 10/80 machine’s controller includes a touch-screen operator interface. The setup screen allows users to name loading stations, pumps, purge valves, and material sources. This feature enables personnel to track what material is in each hopper and where it is located.