Intelligent static electricity control by Simco-Ion
Simco-Ion® Netherlands manufactures and supplies complete solutions for static control, static charging and web-cleaning applications, for instance in the plastics, packaging, converting and printing industries. Our products are sold through an extensive network of competent agents in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Our latest development will make static control in your production process even easier, the IQ Easy platform. The platform connects up to 30 (anti) static devices into a network via the Manager IQ Easy. The Manager IQ Easy is a dedicated small industrial PC complete with touchscreen. The system enables communication between all connected devices. This means the operator has full control over the devices and can monitor and optimise all system and device parameters.
A unique concept that makes it possible fully control all parameters and let devices interact with each other to optimise efficiency. The new products that belong to this family, all have the unique feature of 24V DC supply voltage. The product range covers the full spectrum of, anti-static bars and static charging equipment including special products for IML.
Advantages of the IQ-Easy Platform
There are lot of functions that the platform offers, that make the operators life easier:
- Cleaning indication
- Efficiency indication
- Colour coded system information
- Data and event logging
- Plug and play
- Universal mounting
- No cable spaghetti
- Upstream static level
- Downstream static level ( with Sensor IQ Easy)
Colour coded system information
Colour coded system information is a unique feature that enables the operator to view all device status information even from a large distance. Large coloured buttons provide direct information about the device whether it is in running, standby, warning or alarm mode.
Event and data logging
Event logging gives information at a glance about events that have taken place, devices that have been set to standby, warnings and alarms. This enables easy fault finding.
Data logging is available for all devices. The data is stored in the manager and can be collected via the Ethernet port.
Simco-Ion has redesigned all new 24V anti-static bars and charging bars so they can be mounted with Simco-Ion’s universal mounting brackets. The brackets provide 3 ways of mounting with the possibility of easily sliding the bars out of their brackets for cleaning or replacement.
No cable ‘spaghetti’
All devices are connected with one standardised cable to the Manager IQ Easy. This makes installation very easy and eliminates cable spaghetti, separate power units and communication boxes.
Upstream static level
Optimal neutralisation results are dependent on a lot of external conditions.
Mounting distance, web speed, thickness of the material, upstream static charge, optimum settings of the anti-static device, output voltage, frequency and ionisation balance.
The intelligent IQ easy devices take a lot of these factors into account and will provide optimum settings for the device to ensure maximum neutralisation efficiency.
One of these features is the auto tune mode. Conventional anti-static equipment gives out an equal amount of positive and negative ions. However at a certain distance and speed the balance will not be equal resulting in an incomplete neutralisation or charging of the web. The auto tune mode enables the anti-static bar to look at the upstream static charge on the web and calculate the optimum settings for the anti-static bar. It is capable of varying the level of the output voltage, the frequency and the pulse width. A negative charge on the web can be neutralised very rapidly by temporarily setting the positive output voltage to a higher level and making the negative pulse smaller and at the same time increasing the positive pulse width.
Downstream static level (with Sensor IQ Easy)
You can add a Sensor IQ Easy bar that monitors the residual web charge across the web with up to 16 measuring sections. This will enable the anti-static devices to read the measured data and optimise the settings to reach the desired static level.
A typical application for the combination of an anti-static bar with a sensor is the winding section. Customers that use the film demand more and more film with virtually no static charge. This can only be achieved by adding a Sensor IQ Easy in combination with the Perfomax IQ Easy anti-static bar and the Manager IQ Easy which will form a closed loop system, constantly adapting the ionisation efficiency to the downstream charge level. This will also make it possible to efficiently neutralise the static even when a lay-on roller is creating new static charge after the anti-static bar.
Interfaces that are available
Almost all kind of interfaces that you can imagine are available:
- Human interface via touchscreen.
- Standard analogue and digital I/O ports.
- Fieldbus, e.g. ProfiBus.
- Ethernet with HTML server.
For additional information please contact the representative in your region or Simco-Ion.