Eliminate Bad Batches

Sterling, IL June 5, 2018:  Sterling Systems & Controls, Inc. is pleased to announce the availability of its very affordable Hand Prompt Batching Station that will eliminate bad batches.  This batching station serves a wide range of industrial applications where the negative effects of time consuming and problematic manual batching currently needs to be improved. The Hand Prompt Batching Station is a semi-automatic batching system that still requires operator involvement through each step in the batching process, but provides automated operator instructions or prompting, ingredient validation and lot tracking, automatic weighing with over/under tolerance control, etc. This system will eliminate bad batches that result from operator error and interruption.  The operator no longer needs to keep track of where he is in the batching process, the automated Hand Prompt Batching Station does that for him automatically. No missed ingredients! No bad batches!

The Hand Prompt Batching Stations’ PC will ask the operator to weigh ingredients. The Sterling Systems & Controls’ Hand Prompt Controller will sequence an operator through a formula one ingredient at time.  The primary advantage of the system is to ensure that each ingredient is added to the container, is within a programmed weight tolerance, and from the correct ingredient lot before the controller will index to the next ingredient to be added.  This will ensure the validity of all batches created by the operator.

The Sterling Systems & Controls’ Hand Prompt Batching Station provides real time records for each batch produced.  This enables the highest standards to be maintained by ensuring a consistent batch product.  As batches are produced, the batching controller records the batch data and can print batch reports to a ticket printer (optional).  Additional reports and data can be printed on a standard network printer (batching station will need to be connected to your network) if one is available. The printout provides a hard copy of each ingredient by identification along with the required and actual formula weights.  A time and date is also stamped on each report at the start and end of the batch.

If an alarm condition occurs during batch processing, the batching controller can print an alarm message enabling a supervisor to review the performance of the operator and track problems that may occur later.   Batching reports can be printed automatically at the end of a batch, or can be recalled and printed on demand through either the Hand Prompt Station software or WebCentral (optional Supervisory Control software application).

A barcode scanner (optional) can be attached to the Hand Prompt Batching Station control panel using a NEMA 4X quick disconnect bulkhead connector mounted on the control panel. A wireless version of the barcode scanner is also available.  Prior to any wash down of the Hand Prompt Batching Station control panel the barcode scanner must be removed. Other options are available.

Sterling Systems & Controls, Inc. has 40+ years of experience providing efficient solutions for process equipment, batching, micro, minor and bulk weighing, bag unloading systems, as well as plant automation.  Sterling Systems’ designs utilize the latest technology to provide specialized data management, raw material management, along with production data tracking.  For more information contact Sterling Systems & Controls at 1-815-281-5378 sci@sterlingcontrols.com, and at www.sterlingcontrols.com.