The new Microflow PC is a PC-driven air-electronic flowmeter for the comparative measurement of small through holes in rubber, plastic, metal, ceramic and composite materials. The Microflow has 2 x air outlets, which can be used simultaneously or independently for varying hole sizes. All measurements are comparative to a known size or area.
Features and Benefits
Fast, efficient and accurate means of measuring small holes with low-pressure air
Built-in air filtration and regulation thus providing a plug and play instrument
Steel enclosure protected for shop-floor use
Built in Data Collection and SPC
PLC control output and footswitch port
USB and Networking ports
Utilised within the pharmaceutical, plastics, aerosol, automotive, fuel, gas and many more industries
Hole diameters of 0.157′ (4mm) or smaller are very difficult if not
impossible to inspect with mechanical gauges or non-contact inspection
equipment. Microflow is designed to quickly measure holes “comparatively‘
down to 0.002′ (0.05mm)
This instrument combines the speed, accuracy and versatility of electronics
with all of the performance attributed to pneumatics
Microflow performs very quickly and provides extremely accurate
Low 138mb output pressure allows inspection of soft or flexible
components without distortion. Minimised shop air consumption
Dramatically improves inspection throughput
Dimensions: 400mm H x 200mm W x 200mm D – Minimum space required to
position on work benches or to be installed in automated in-process
Easy to see status changes indicated in
GREEN – Acceptable range
AMBER – Warning range
RED – Reject
Configurable screen. Displays Menu Functions including Calibration
Makes setup quick and accurate. Provides durability in shopfloor environment
No knobs or switches to be changed or adjusted during production cycle
Plug and Play solution with accurate air pressure adjustments
Switchable between single output by pressing the red button on the front or
Output a relay electrical signal for PLC control or connection to footswitch.
ATS Microflow PC and screenshots
Typical components measured by the Microflow PC
Data Collection and SPC
The Microflow uses the same air system as the Flexair 1 and 2 flowmeters, but now offers a full-functional data collection and SPC package. Measurements can be stored and analysed using the pre-installed ATS Inspect VDC software.
‘Live’ column displays are used in order to immediately identify the measurement status. For example, red, green and yellow bars appear depending upon the tolerance settings. The column display can also be changed to appear in grid format. Label information can also be entered prior to measurements, for example; user name, shift, part type, colour, batch # etc.
ATS Inspect VDC
It is a module from a fast evolving suite of software modules for shopfloor and laboratory data collection. VDC is fully configurable software module with ergonomics to suit both the user and process. Charting can be displayed adjacent to the measurement display to show a real-time view of the process.
The Microflow PC has a network port available in order to connect to a LAN. The
reporting module allows the drill-down reporting and charting for traceability studies.