This 5 station Data Trace
system was designed to allow for permanent tracking and data-logging
of test measurement during the assembly of air bag inflators.
There are four multi-function stations for Weight, Torque and
Caliper measurements. There is also one station that is designed
specifically for interfacing with a helium leak station. Each
station is capable of running multiple tests per build as well
as different tests for various serial devices.
Each station consisted of a Panelview Micro for operator interface,
a symbol fixed bar code scanner, and a Gageport serial interface
A PC Main operator station is used for build setup and debugging.
A Visual Basic application was written to provide the primary
code that supports the communication between all devices and a
custom Access Database used for quality control and datalogging.
A barcode printer is used to label parts prior to assembly for
An Allen-Bradley PLC with a SLC 5/05 is used to provide communications
between the Bar Code scanners & Panelviews to the PC.
Gageport Serial Devices
Symbol Barcode Scanners
Microscan Wireless Scanner
Net ENI DH485 Interface
Zebra Barcode Printer
VB Ethernet to SLC 5/05
DH485 for 5 Panelviews to 5/05 via ENI cards
ASCII serial from scanners to basic modules
RS232 from various serial devices via Gageports to PC