The eDART® process controller is the base hardware unit for the eDART System.
RJG‘s eDART® stand is a rugged, stylized stand for holding an eDART, monitor, keyboard, and mouse. It is a compact option for housing the equipment needed to run an eDART System and can be located near the press for easy access.
The height of the stand's VESA standard monitor is adjustable and pivots for ergonomic placement. The keyboard tray/mouse platform is also adjustable and the wheels make it easily portable.
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eDART® Process Control Software – Version 10
The eDART System is the most powerful process control system in the industry and is essential for any molder who wants to stabilize their injection molding process, contain bad parts, and/or control their process to ensure parts of the highest quality, while reducing the cost to make them.
Version 10 was designed to offer customers a much more intuitive, user-friendly experience with touchscreen capability, making the creation of quality parts simpler than ever before.
RJG offers 3 software options: the eDART apex™ for full process control, the eDART conx™ for stabilizing your process, and eDART flx™ for abnormal part containment. All software options are available in versions 9 and 10. See product overviews for further details.
Note: The recommended touchscreen for use with v10 software is:
MFG Part #: E603162
CDW Part #: 1994217;
Current user? Download the latest version here.
eDART® Process Control Software – Version 9
RJG offers 3 software options: the eDART apex™ for full process control, the eDART conx™ for stabilizing your process, and the eDART flx™ for abnormal part containment.
Current user? Download the latest version here.
This tool lets the eDART® System become a valve gate sequence controller. It allows the balance of filling using opening by volume and sequencing of knit lines. The biggest benefit comes from using in-cavity pressure or temperature sensors read by the eDART system to control when the valves open or close. This can dramatically reduce the effects of material changes.
Available in a 60-day trial version.
Valve Gate Sequencing is an optional software package for the eDART System™ that allows precise individual control of flow fronts and pressures in each cavity. An optimum process is achieved when it is coupled with cavity pressure control, which compensates for inherent material variation. Once installed, a process can be set up to open and close each gate independently using pressure, position, temperature, time, sequence inputs, or the operation of other valve gates. It is the key to setting up a robust process using valve gates and gives the operator the ability to manage pressures, flow lines, and knit lines while allowing for reduced clamp tonnage through alternate filling and packing. This precise control maximizes uptime, process capability, and performance.
There are three main types of valve gate applications: alternate, independent, and sequential. In an alternate application, one or more cavities start after one or more are finished, while an independent application starts all cavities simultaneously and closes each independently. With a sequential application, gates open as the flow front moves by, thus eliminating knit lines and “regional” multi-process disease. Another option is to attain a balance by using a late fill start for family molds—smaller parts start at a later volume so both parts fill at the same time.
Valve gate sequencing is handled by the eDART™ while it’s performing other monitoring and control functions. The valve gate tool also transfers the machine from velocity to pressure (hold) once all of the valve gates have closed. This allows you to drop hold pressure and begin recovery (screw run) earlier, which may allow you to shorten cycle time. If hold pressure is needed to remove sinks, the valve gates may re-opened after transfer.
3-Stage Software Option
With a relatively simple upgrade, the capability of older machines can be significantly improved. The addition of a load compensation valve enables older relief-valve machines to do 2- or 3-Stage DECOUPLED MOLDING®, where fill, pack, and hold are repeated shot after shot. This software tool allows the user to input individual set points for transfer, making the process more capable and less susceptible to flash, over packing, and mold damage.
This tool turns on an output after a selected number of good cycles. It can be used in a manual mold where an operator must go do something, such as move a box of finished parts. The output and counter can then be reset for the next batch or used in automatic mode, where the output indexes the automation and moves a box of parts. The output goes off and resets the count after a selected time period.
The eDART® System was originally designed for cycle times up to 4 minutes and 20 seconds. Since that time, some customers have found a need to take data over longer cycles. We have created an optional tool that extends the eDART System’s cycle time up to 35 minutes.
Shuttle Software Option
This tool is used for insert molding with two or more mold bases. Using one or more mold base position inputs allows the eDART® System to determine which base is active (being injected) and which sensor alarms to use. It automatically figures out which sensors are active by using pressure detected.
The eDART® Data Manager (EDM) provides you with current cycle data for all machines on your network using your computer's web browser. It can also analyze old data curves to assist with troubleshooting and allow you to transfer jobs across machines without changing the alarm settings. With the EDM, getting an eDART System up and running is as simple as plugging it into the network.