Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces the development of the WEBFREX NV, an online gauge that measures and controls the thickness of films and sheets, thereby ensuring uniform thickness. The WEBFREX NV features an operator station with improved operation and monitoring functions. Scheduled for release on June 30, this new product will succeed Yokogawa’s current offering, the WEBFREX3 online thickness gauge. With the release of the WEBFREX NV, Yokogawa will strengthen its leading position in the Japanese market and expand its sales in other key global markets.
As in most industries, manufacturers of the films and sheets used in such applications as rechargeable batteries (separator sheets) and product packaging need to construct production lines that can manufacture high-quality products quickly and stably. Gauges ensure uniform film and sheet thickness by measuring and controlling this online, during the manufacturing process. To ensure high production quality and efficiency, these gauges must be highly precise and capable of operating at a high speed.
With its best-in-class resolution and scanning speed, Yokogawa’s WEBFREX3 is Japan’s top-selling online thickness gauge, and it has also captured a significant share of markets outside Japan (based on an April 2015 Yokogawa market survey). To help its customers reduce their operating costs, Yokogawa has developed the WEBFREX NV.
The product features include the following:
- Integrated data server function
A high-performance PC is used for the WEBFREX NV operator station, and optional software is available that allows this to function as a data server. This computer is capable of saving thickness distribution graphs (profiles) collected over long periods of time, thereby facilitating the tracking of film and sheet product quality even after product shipment. Optional software is also available that can display time-series data in three dimensions. By pointing and clicking on screen, users can easily select a specific profile for viewing and analysis. The integrated data server function eliminates the need for a separate data server, reducing both cost (initial and maintenance costs) and overall system size.
- Long-term availability
The operator station PC is a Dell product that has been customized based on Yokogawa’s specifications. This is a “long-life product” that will remain available for twice as long as commercial off-the-shelf products, for improved long-term maintenance. Likewise, the operating system for this PC will not need to be updated as frequently. With this dedicated product, the same model will be able to be used for a longer period of time, thereby easing the task of system expansion and replacement.