Ferag Premieres Fold 'n' Stitch, Navigator Systems at IFRAOctober 6, 2010
Navigator: a ground-breaking control concept
The Navigator concept introduced in Hamburg is revolutionary. This all-new development of both form and function makes the preparation and monitoring of production processes simpler than ever before.
Four standard applications
The basis for the Navigator control is Flying Frame technology with intuitive operation via Multi Touch screen. The flat menu hierarchy leads the user quickly and interactively to the desired set-up and control functions.
Basically, the Navigator from Ferag comprises the standard applications of NaviSet (data preparation), NaviRun (production control) and NaviQ (reporting). The fourth module, NaviSafe, contains the back-up function and enables remote support via a secure VPN link.
The simplest drag-and-drop finger tip operation
All applications are opened in floating windows, and are active with the relevant information on a single level. The user therefore has ideal conditions for comfortable, easy-to-follow and secure operation. Whether it’s set-up functions like line configuration, allocation of insert products, choice of operating mode, assignment of production to the MultiStack compensating stackers with the choice of series or parallel production, selection of distribution route sequences, or loading dock allocation – all are quick and easy to carry out with finger-tip drag-and-drop.
The Navigator also supports mouse and keyboard operation as an alternative to Multi Touch control.
Added value as an option
Four optional upgrades are available for the Navigator. These can be adapted to individual user needs:
• PressLink: this interface compares press and postpress production data, enabling control of the different editions down to the single copy. The result? Huge savings in newsprint.
• DriverLink: after registering using a badge system, on production start-up drivers receive information on routes and loading dock numbers via a monitor. After production terminates, driver documents are printed automatically. DriverLink allows precision control of route clearance procedures.
• Totalizer: the monitoring system gives an overview of the current status of production and the output on each line. A counter at all key positions in the Ferag system displays the number of copies produced.
• Notifier: operating personnel and technicians are kept informed at all times about the operational status of all system components.
Source: Company press release.