MWR-Kit vs. Focus 61: Pt. II
A follow-up to Pt. I…
Following up on MWR-Kit vs. Focus 61: Pt. I, it’s now time to explore situations in which the MWR-Kit is the better option. As previously stated, choosing the right solution for applications is never easy, but if we can identify a few strong pros and cons to each option, we can dial in the decision a little easier.
With that said, read on to find out the Top 5 Reasons to use the MWR-Kit over the Focus 61.
Needed: more tools
Many workstations use more tools than just a wrench. In one case, you may have a wrench in a workstation as a backup tool, while in another scenario you may be using a wrench and a battery tool at the same time for different tightenings.
With that in mind, there’s great news: The MWR-Kit offers the flexibility to run a battery tool, cabled tool and Mechatronics wrenches on the same controller.
By means of the different Virtual Stations on the PF6000, to run a TBP and a MWR on the same controller, that can be done.
Need to run two TBPs and two MWRs? Easy. Bearing in mind the 6 tool limit, the MWR-Kit allows us to be even more flexible if we need to be.
Let’s face it, some pieces of hardware are designed with a little more capability than others. FieldBus, or a family of industrial computer network protocols used for real-time distributed control, works with the PF6000, whereas the Focus 61 was not designed with this capability.
For some forms of communication, the MWR-Kit will be the better choice for ease of integration.
It’s always easier to work with products already known then to learn something entirely new. If a customer is already familiar with the PF6000 and the WebGUI, then it will be easier using the MWR-Kit than the Focus 61.
Why? Easy. The MWR is programmed in the PF6000 via the MWR-Kit just like the other tools. It’s easy to connect to the PF6000 via the correct IP Address with a laptop – and, from there – we connect to the web interface and are able to make changes to our MWR.
There’s no need to learn a new software or platform. We can use what we already know.
In the event that you already have a PF6000 with open virtual stations, it makes sense to simply add the MWR to the open virtual station and not add a new controller to the mix, requiring less hardware overall.
Less Controllers in one Physical Station
Finally, the MWR-Kit can be connected to a customer network to the PF6000, also networked, and we can use the MWR without any controller in the physical workstation.
All that’s required is the MWR-Kit to be within 30 feet of the MWR and you’re good to go. No controller, just the MWR-Kit that’s small and easy to mount, and up to six MWR’s.
Now, after comparing MWR-Kit verse the Focus 61, the hope is you’re able to identify what will work best for your applications.
Both products offer something that the other does not, and with the information available we can decide what is right and the best fit.
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