If you’re not familiar with Watlow F4T batch processing capability, you may be missing out on one of the advantages of Watlow controllers at your fingertips. Batch processing applies to three major areas of performance with the Watlow F4T controller: temperature controls, process controls and data logging. This feature is particularly advantageous when dealing with lots of process systems that have to handle different tasks in sequence versus all at once. Instead, batch processing allows a leg up in managing multiple commands at the same time for different features operating at different stages of running tasks. Because the Watlow F4T is designed to simplify the approach with controller application, a user is able to simply automate logging, reports and monitoring data runs versus having to them manually on intermittent schedules.
Batch processing on the Watlow controller is entirely doable for job-tasking as well as batches that don’t involve thermal variables or applications. Simultaneous logging and data tracking are applicable as well for the same. All of it can then be exported for use in other applications that data mine or crunch the output for other information needs.
Because automation is possible, the batch processing and logging combination cuts down on a significant amount of manual recording, exporting and formatting of the data captured. Instead, users can put their time and attention on the data itself versus its production. More importantly, if the tracking information has to meet specific compliance requirements for collection and transfer, the Watlow F4T is ideal in that the data stays on the controller until exported under user conditions. That means there’s no transfer from one document to the next, and the risk of manipulation or human error decreases exponentially.
For operations management teams, the batch processing feature is ideal when it comes to supervising the data collection and metrics on dozens of systems at the same time. Rather than having to run around clip boarding every station and component readout, the Watlow F4T does the heavy lifting instead. Managers spend more of their time focusing on decision-making versus supervising the analytical field pull, which produces a far more responsive and faster reacting team overall.
Most folks are quite familiar with the Watlow F4T being an ideal controller for temperature process management, logging or system management. However, what they might not have caught is how the new batch processing updates have expanded the capability of the product tremendously. To get assistance on how to use this feature effectively, Seagate Controls is available for customers who need guidance on Watlow F4T usage as well as how to program the batch processing for specific needs and applications. This partnership is a big advantage that customers have with both Watlow and Seagate Controls together. Instead of simply being stuck with written instructions online or a generic video, Seagate Controls provides clients direct assistance via our specialist teams who are fully versed in the latest Watlow F4T features. To find out more, give us a call or drop a note!