Bonderite E-CO DMC is a process control system that allows users to run complex metal pretreatment lines with up to 15 or more stages. It features an intuitive touch screen PLC interface and supports fully digitalized process control with flexible communication and remote access functionality.
“Thanks to its adaptive open system architecture, our new digital multi-channel control system will easily integrate into metal customers’ existing conversion processes and automation concepts,” said Maurizio Brancaleoni, global business development manager at Henkel’s European Functional Coating Equipment Center in Funo di Argelato (Bologna), Italy.
Bonderite E-CO DMC minimizes chemical usage, water and power consumption as well as waste. In addition, it helps to avoid manual work and chemical exposure in metal pretreatment. All equipment and process setup, adjustment, control and monitoring can effectively be managed by the controller, including bath preparation and refill. The multi-channel system supports both single and multiple production lines in one and the same or neighboring buildings. It can control a virtually unlimited number of process parameters and devices.
Bonderite E-CO DMC is equipped with an internal memory that stores all parameter data and events for creating numerical, graphic and consumption reports as well as maintaining a historical database. The controller’s comprehensive connectivity easily links the system to other resources in local area networks and provides access to remote devices, such as tablets and smartphones. It enables alerts with discrete data to be sent to selected recipients by SMS or email and can be integrated into cloud-based data-driven solutions.
“The system underscores Henkel's total solutions approach and our commitment to supporting customers as they implement Industry 4.0,” Brancaleoni said. “Users can run automatic parameter checks and even automate the dosage of chemicals in the tanks by using a special function to correlate analyzed data with outputs – all without involving any personnel on site.”
While the performance benefits of Bonderite E-CO DMC can be tapped with any of Henkel’s existing metal pretreatment process, including conventional phosphating, the technology unfolds its maximum sustainability in combination with the company’s New Generation Coatings. As zirconium-based alternatives for multi-substrate metal conversion and corrosion protection, these NGC contain neither phosphates nor heavy metals, simplify water management and can reduce process steps, contact times, energy consumption and sludge.