Most Aegis customers wish to track and trace product movement through conveyorized lines. This means barcode acquisition at every point is critical to traceability and monitoring. They also want to bring automated control over those lines such as stopping a process if quality conditions move out of control, or stopping a conveyor when a machine has the wrong material setup beyond it. Aegis provides Product Flow Controller (PFC) devices to deliver several key benefits on conveyorized lines in a non-invasive way.
- + Assured Barcode Acquisition
By integrating with scanners and the conveyors themselves via SMEMA, these PFC devices prevent even a single unit from moving past them without a barcode being acquired. This is the only assured means of acquiring every single unit on a moving PCB line.
- + Non-Invasive Flow Control
The PFC also gives the Aegis system control over the line movement and product flow without invasive integration to machines. By using the existing SMEMA connections between machines, Aegis alarms and materials control technology can simply and reliably halt conveyor movement.