WHY CHOOSE THE VFE AMCS
Automate cycles, gain visibility over autoclave performance and control multiple machines from a single location using our fully networkable AMCS.
VFE’s AMCS is our own hardware and software solution for managing and controlling autoclaves & ovens across your site. It is easy to use and can be integrated with a variety of production management software.
Our system can also carry out centralised quality assurance (QA) processing (including automated cycle costing/buy-off reports), individual part QA reports even on multiple-part loads, quick response (QR) barcoding facilities and out-of-process alerts by email or SMS live as they occur.
Fully networkable, AMCS enables the viewing of multiple machines from a central location and includes an offline process profile viewer/editor. Compliant with AMS2750F and NADCAP, it is already being used in aerospace production and extensively within the composite manufacturing and motorsport industries.
Written and developed in-house with our extensive understanding of production across many industries, AMCS software is adaptable to your needs by our team of software architects and control engineers as required.
VFE’s AMCS is among the most advanced autoclave control systems in the world giving you a competitive edge. It takes a significant step forward in both speed and functionality, equipping autoclave ovens with the most up-to-date, secure systems to reduce failure risk and improve compliance.
Upgrading the control system ensures its optimal operation while removing the need to source old/obsolete parts, which can be very time consuming and costly, future-proofing your investment.
RELIABILITY AND MAINTENANCE
The system can be centralised to support multiple computers with a primary system and multiple back-ups in case of computer failure. The AMCS utilises a PLC, which has a proven track record of reliability in critical environments and a minimum ten-year expected hardware life, minimising maintenance requirements.
Integrated with our Remote Monitoring System, the control hardware can trigger alarms to be sent by SMS or email when it recognises an alarm.
IMPROVED AUTOCLAVE AND PART SAFETY
By automating program selection through the use of ERP data and/or QR codes to match components to programmed cycle profiles automatically, the AMCS prevents production loss through human error and improves machine safety.
The AMCS is designed to work alongside your existing systems for smooth installation and minimal disruption to operations. As well as integrating with our Remote Monitoring System and a wide variety of other production management software, it is fully networkable on standard Windows PCs and servers with a full offline cycle profile editor and viewer keeping your autoclaves fully productive.
It can also be integrated to enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems for work scheduling capabilities, to help you manage your autoclave operations better.
OVERALL EQUIPMENT EFFECTIVENESS (OEE)
This tool gives you the means to optimise autoclave performance across your site by tracking autoclave availability, productivity and total performance in realtime and displaying the information in an easily accessible dashboard.
CONDITION MONITORING AND REPORTING
This feature of AMCS is a simple diagnostic tool for managing and monitoring the health of the entire system by providing critical information to your team to enable decisions to be made in advance of a failure or fault happening, enabling you to take a proactive approach to autoclave maintenance and avoid any unexpected costs.
FULLY SUPPORTED BY WORLD-CLASS SERVICE
Any customer that upgrades their equipment to the latest version of AMCS will receive our fast and dedicated technical support for the new system from VFE, including fault finding, training and software updates.
Training is delivered by our experienced team of engineers to ensure that your team have the competence, knowledge and confidence to operate and maintain your autoclaves safely and using best practices to help your business achieve consistent results.
WHAT WE CAN DO FOR YOU
AMCS has been designed for use on any of the following equipment:
- Hot Presses
- Hot Drape Formers
VFE can supply and install the hardware and software across any of the machines listed above. Being modular, AMCS can be adapted by our in-house team of software architects and control engineers to meet your specific requirements. Enquire now for more information.