Watlow® recently introduced a batch processing feature for its powerful F4T temperature and process controller and D4T data logger.

The batch processing feature is ideal for original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and end users with thermal processes who seek to collect manufacturing part processing thermal data. The F4T or D4T with batch processing simplifies and automates data record entry and reports.

Users can enter non-thermal batch or job-related processing type data using a wireless (USB) scanner connected to the USB port in an F4T or D4T. The F4T or D4T can also collect and data log all desired thermal process data into a data log record. The F4T or D4T then combines the non-thermal “batch” or job information from the bar code entries along with the thermal data log record to produce an exportable batch report.

Unlike using tedious and costly manual steps to accomplish data processing or skipping the data entry and collection altogether, the F4T or D4T with batch processing maximises productivity flow, increases manufacturing quality assurances (QA), reduces risks and costs associated with quality, performs thermal processing and issues a formatted report. This simple, easy and low-cost method helps enable regulatory compliance because the report can be stored as a secured, tamperproof paperless record and is easily archived for future reference needs.

Product manager Craig Dennis said: “The new batch processing feature offers many benefits including increased productivity, improved manufacturing processes and product quality and increased compliance.

“This cost-effective, automated measurement equipment can help reduce errors, which improves the process from beginning to end.”

Batch processing is recommended for many industries, including the medical, clinical, analytical, aerospace and metals processing sectors.