Milan, Italy – Cannon has launched an intelligent mix head. The company said it was designed to offer total process control, including monitoring its own working conditions and mechanical performances.
The design, based on the company's SR models, can be supplied with up to 30 different microsensors. These measure pressure, vibration, stresses, strains and temperature within the mix head while mixing and recirculation is in progress.
The information it generates is saved to a database in real time. If the information shows any parameter in the mix head drifting out of tolerance, a warning can be given, or the system can self-compensate.
Maurizio Corti, who filed the patent, said that a cloud of signals can be detected in advance. This will allow predictive maintenance to be pre-planned for the mix head and related control and command systems.
'The problem with traditional, dumb mix heads is that, apart from vibration measurements, there is very little to tell the user how it is performing and what its actual working and maintenance status is,’ he said. 'This talking mix head is another tool in the polyurethane sector's move into industry 4.0 operation.'