Accel's Coating Weight System (CWS) captures zinc coating quality data from the an existing Coating Weight Measurement System (CWMS) in an unattended, non-invasive manner. The data are organized as archivable coil records and stored on your business system computers for permanent historical access to support report generation and analysis.
CWS is an easy-to-use, Windows-based application with point-and-click menus, scrollable lists, and buttons customized for your organization and product line. The report generation portion of the CWS requires minimal operator intervention to generate several classes of reports. The reports range from providing an in-depth view (textual or graphical) of the zinc coating distribution for a set of coils, to a summary of the zinc usage and coating performance for a specified time period and product line.
Accel's CWS will help you make sense of the immense amount of data currently available from your existing CWMS.
Accel provides the CWS to clients that are dissatisfied with their manual process of collecting and analyzing zinc coating weight data for quality assurance and process improvement purposes. These clients are usually concerned with the hidden costs (time and money) associated with using their manual process and are typically frustrated by:
The data collection portion of the CWS is stand-alone, unattended, and completely integrated with your existing CWMS. The CWS collects coating weight data (both detailed scan and ASTM triple-spot), organizes it, and stores it in time-based DBF formatted files. When business information becomes available, the CWS integrates the time-based coating weight data with the coil-based business data.
The archival portion of the CWS automatically archives and catalogs the coil-based coating weight data. Minimal operator interaction is required to retrieve data to generate reports.
CWS provides an executive perspective on zinc usage and coating performance by product line on a timely basis. It will help you analyze the performance of your current zinc coating process and provide a basis for process improvement.
The report generation portion of the CWS requires minimal operator interaction to generate 3 classes of reports:
A single page textual, form-based report presenting triple-spot data and coating weight statistics for a coil. This report is generated on demand and customized by Accel to replicate the report that is currently printed by your existing CWMS for each coil after the operator ends the coil processing.
This on-line report will allow you to disconnect an existing printer connected to the CWMS, thus saving paper and paper storage costs, and decreasing customer claim response time by reducing report retrieval time.
A multi-page textual, form-based report summarizing zinc usage for specified product lines for a user-defined time period, typically one month. This report is customized by Accel for your product lines, is generated on demand, and displays the following information:
Zinc is typically the most expensive part of the galvanization process, thus the most critical to measure and control. The Zinc Usage Summary Report will provide management with a business-level perspective on coating performance and zinc costs by product line. This will help identify areas for coating performance improvement and, in the long run, reduce production costs.
A set of color-coded graphical reports depicting zinc coating distribution on the strip (top, bottom, and total) for a single coil or a selected set of coils, where the colors give an instantly-readable view of coating thickness and evenness. There are three graphical reports that are generated on demand:
Selection criteria for all graphical reports are customized by Accel and include:
Once overcoat problem areas are identified by management using the Zinc Usage Summary Report, the Coating Profile Graphical Reports can be used to focus in on coating performance by specific product lines. These graphical reports will lead to higher product quality and lower production costs.
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