Control systems for feeders

The K-Vision software and the full Coperion range are distributed in Italy by Montenegro

The new features of the K-Vision software allow a more accurate and faster control of process parameters, thus optimising production.

In Italy, Montenegro supports the complete line of the German&Swiss companies  Coperion and Coperion K-Tron: Rotary valves and diverters for the food industry; extrusion of food and pharmaceutical products; dosing and pneumatic transport systems, next to control software systems for controlling multiple devices.

Recently, Coperion has added new features to its proven K-Vision software. The controller is a graphical operator interface for controlling multiple devices such as feeders or feeder refill (vacuum receivers) in a process. With the release of version 2.0, the software is now able to handle a total of 24 devices (e.g. KCM feeder controls or MPC refill controls) in one or two lines.

This is a major upgrade over the previous version, which managed a maximum of 16 feeder controllers in a single line. K-Vision uses a 12.1-inch color lcd display together with a touch-screen as the primary operator input mechanism. It offers a quad screen display mode for viewing multiple pages on one feeder or a single page on multiple feeders. Support for over a dozen languages – including Chinese and Japanese – is included, and additional languages can be added on request.

Simple icons and intuitive graphics in the K-Vision home page

Maximizing quality minimizing direct supervision

Designed for simple operation and fast and easy start-up, K-Vision offers graphic visualization of process information, utilizing flexible, easy to use trend graphs. This feeder interface offers event logging and supports all different feeding control types for both continuous and batch operation. Easy to maintain, software updates are possible by updating files on a compact flash card or by using a usb flash drive. There are many options for remote access.

A second K-Vision can be connected via ethernet as a remote interface for visualization and control of feeder and line parameters. It also comes with a VNC server, allowing any VNC client – on a pc, tablet or smartphone – connected to the same network to be used as a secondary user interface. In addition to the current connectivity options, including VNC, ethernet/IP, Profinet, Modbus TCP as well as others, now also has email capability.

K-Vision linelist

No optional hardware or software is necessary, it is a standard feature. The HMI can easily be set up to email a notification to one or more persons when key events occur, such as: the compounding line stopped; the compounding line started; a feeder is running out of product; a pneumatic receiver is not receiving products; notification of a specific alarm, etc.

K-Vision can also be programmed to send log files by e-mail, such as feeder event logs, parameter changes, alarm logs, etc. The goal of expanding software functionality is to make it easier and more flexible to use. Users must be able to quickly access a wide range of information, simplifying operations and supervision of power processes and significantly improving efficiency.