Acquire and archive data from web gauging scanners, optical inspection, process control and laboratory systems
Track physical properties through downstream slitting and converting
Make product disposition decisions based upon accurate data
Manufacturers of paper, plastics, coated materials, nonwovens, and metals have made significant investments in measurement, control and process information systems. RQMS, the Roll Quality Management System, maximizes the quality and throughput improvements generated by these systems through a suite of integrated applications. RQMS operates 24/7 software to reduce scrap, track production, and document product quality.
RQMS integrates distributed data into an easy-to-use suite that provides a global view of roll quality. RQMS can acquire data from any system that influences roll quality, including web gauging, optical defect inspection, process historians, and LIMS. In addition, RQMS acts as middleware between real-time process systems and transaction oriented business systems including MES and ERP environments.
Unlike most conventional manufacturing software that index by time or material ID, RQMS adds additional indices for machine-direction and cross-direction position. As a result, RQMS is particularly well suited to tracking positional data such as web gauging profiles and defect maps. In addition, RQMS employs an innovative tagless hierarchical binary storage technology that can efficiently archive years of high-fidelity surface data.
RQMS empowers users to make smarter decisions regarding the disposition of each and every roll. RQMS makes an up-to-the-second quality recommendation based on all available product and process data. RQMS can even advise the operator if all of the required data for product release is not yet available. In the unfortunate event that material is identified as being off-spec, RQMS can assist in finding a suitable downgrade path in order to minimize the scrap cost.
RQMS is modular in nature, enabling it to be “right-sized” and expanded according to specific site needs. Among the solutions that have been delivered with RQMS are:
RQMS client applications provide specific presentation formats for rendering profile and defect maps
COA creation and maintenance can be managed by quality assurance personnel
RQMS LIMS incorporates features that are critical to managing laboratory information in a roll goods manufacturing site
InfoBatch calculates the three OEE metrics – availability, performance and quality
RQMS provides a range of reporting analysis from basic pre-configured product/grade run reports to the fully configurable, enterprise-ready Advanced Reporting Module
RQMS automatically tracks continuous product runs and provides a framework for reporting and analyzing data