Henkel has introduced a new process control system that addresses key challenges in metal pre-treatment as customers are increasingly seeking to implement data-driven Industry 4.0 solutions. In combination with the company’s New Generation Conversion coatings (NGC) for multi-metal substrates, the Bonderite E-CO digital multi-channel controller (DMC) enables maximum corrosion performance and sustainability at minimised overall process costs.
Bonderite E-CO DMC is a process control system that allows users to run complex metal pre-treatment lines with up to fifteen or more stages. It features an intuitive touch screen PLC interface and supports fully digitalised process control with flexible communication and remote access functionality.
It minimises chemical usage, water and power consumption as well as waste. In addition, it helps to avoid manual work and chemical exposure in metal pre-treatment. All equipment and process setup, adjustment, control and monitoring can effectively be managed by the controller, including bath preparation and refill. The multi-channel system supports both single and multiple production lines in the same or neighbouring buildings. It can control a virtually unlimited number of process parameters and devices.
Bonderite E-CO DMC is equipped with an internal memory that stores all parameter data and events for creating numerical, graphic and consumption reports as well as maintaining a historical database. The controller’s comprehensive connectivity easily links the system to other resources in local area networks and provides access for remote devices, such as tablets and smartphones. It enables alerts with discrete data to be sent to selected recipients by SMS or email and can be integrated in cloud-based data-driven solutions.