System Integration & Control Systems Design

Force monitoring for manual presses

December 2014 System Integration & Control Systems Design

German instrumentation specialist, Burster, has introduced its new ForceMaster 9110 to monitor both complex and simple manual press operations in manufacturing and assembly processes.

The device monitors force/time or force/displacement/time and is particularly suited for application in chemical and pharmaceutical and food production industries. The smart auto-configuration, combined with automatic sensor recognition, means that even inexperienced operators can learn to use the ForceMaster 9110 within a few minutes. The ‘Card & Go’ SmartCard management system provides tamper-proof operation with access rights for handling bad parts as well as administration of different press tools. In case of recurrent parameters for tested items, this data can be quickly and reliably loaded into the system. Setup and configuration is reduced to a minimum, therefore preventing possible errors when connecting the sensors.

The integrated visual and acoustic signalling devices indicate whether the produced parts are Go or NoGo. The adjustable tone and volume control allows differentiation between several ForceMaster machines in the production facilities and integrated stroke and unit counters make external counters unnecessary. Simple control tasks can be implemented using a special sequential control function, which can be used for additional tasks such as pneumatic clamping and release of work pieces, blowing out pressed parts, blocking and return stroke of the press or control of sorting diverters. The parameterisation and evaluation software included in the system can be used to read out the measured values stored in the ForceMaster 9110 and to display and configure the active evaluation elements. The curve data can be stored in an archive and measurement curves can be imported or archived via a USB device.

For more information contact Anastas Schnippenkotter, ASSTech Process Electronics & Instrumentation, +27 (0)11 708 9200,,


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