English (English)

WHY CHOOSE THE VFE FMCS

Automate cycles, gain visibility over furnace performance and control multiple machines from a single location using our fully networkable FMCS.

VFE’s FMCS is our own hardware and software solution for managing and controlling furnace machines 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, FMCS 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 heat treatment and automotive industries.

Written and developed in-house with our extensive understanding of production across many industries, FMCS software is adaptable to your needs by our team of software architects and control engineers as required.

CUSTOMER BENEFITS

FUTURE-PROOFED OPERATIONS

VFE’s FMCS is among the most advanced furnace control systems in the world giving you a competitive edge. It takes a significant step forward in both speed and functionality, equipping furnaces 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 FMCS 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 FURNACE AND PART SAFETY

By automating program selection through the use of closed control loops and QR codes to match components to programmed cycle profiles automatically, the FMCS prevents production loss through human error and improves machine safety.

FULLY INTEGRATED

The FMCS 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 furnaces in production.

It can also be integrated to enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems for work scheduling capabilities, to help you manage your furnaces operation better.

OVERALL EQUIPMENT EFFECTIVENESS (OEE)

This tool gives you the means to optimise furnace performance across your site, by tracking furnace availability, productivity and total performance in realtime and displays the information in an easily accessible dashboard.  

CONDITION MONITORING AND REPORTING

This feature of FMCS 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 furnace maintenance and avoid any unexpected costs.  

FULLY SUPPORTED BY WORLD-CLASS SERVICE 

Any customer that upgrades their equipment to the latest version of FMCS will receive 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 furnace  safely and using best practices to help your business achieve consistent results   

WHAT WE CAN DO FOR YOU

FMCS has been designed for use on any of the following equipment:

  • Vacuum Furnaces (Heating/Brazing/Melting/Casting) 
  • Diffusion Bonders 
  • Vacuum Drying Ovens
  • Atmospheric/Air Furnaces 

VFE can supply and install the hardware and software across any of the machines listed above to businesses throughout the UK. Being modular, FMCS can be adapted by our in-house team of software architects and control engineers to meet your specific requirements. Enquire now for more information.

Download the FMCS Product Sheet

FMCS spread
VFE-Vacuum-Furnaces

BENEFITS OF FMCS

  • Approved supplier — You already know us and our capabilities
  • Multi-machine control — Control entire plants from a single location or remotely
  • Maximise output — Faster processing times increase production
  • Energy savings — Achieved through each upgraded machine
  • Dynamic recovery — Restarts equipment where it left off after a power cut
  • Fully compliant — With AMS2750 / NADCAP