The virtual station concept is unique to the PowerFocus 6000.
The PowerFocus 6000 allows multiple tools to operate on one controller, as it replaces the traditional physical controller with a virtual one that operates independently; without the need for additional hardware.
In the past, assembly tools and controller systems were classified by the types of applications they were suited for. For example, “quality critical” tools and controller systems were used for applications where a company’s brand could be compromised in the event of product failure.
Along with that, “safety-critical” assembly tools and controller systems were used for applications where product failure could potentially result in physical harm to the end-user. This classification system often resulted in a confusing mess of options for customers. It raised questions such as, “what type of system should I buy?” and “will it be future-proof if my needs ever change?” With the PowerFocus 6000, Atlas Copco is changing the way our customers look at selecting the right tool for the job.
With the PowerFocus 6000, a single platform can accommodate various levels of tooling for many different types of applications. How do we accomplish this?
The answer is in the software with our unique virtual station licenses. The ability to select a type of virtual station allows full flexibility in what tools you want to run.
Imagine a manufacturer with a single Power Focus 6000 system is running multiple Tensor STB wireless-tools on safety-critical operations. Suddenly, it becomes necessary to implement a smart-reporting click wrench to verify torque in a quality-critical application at a nearby station on the assembly line. Previously, this would have required the purchase and installation of an entirely new controller in addition to the purchase of the click wrench itself.
With the Power Focus 6000, the same feat can now be achieved with a simple add-on virtual station license and no additional controller hardware. Implementation is as simple as selecting the appropriate virtual station type based on the desired functionality and connecting the tool to the existing controller.
With the PowerFocus 6000’s latest software advancements, customers can now mix and match virtual station types using a single controller. This is truly a flexible offering.
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