Sterling Systems & Controls, Inc. introduces the semi-automatic hand prompt batching system. The affordable, semi-automatic hand prompt batching system still requires operator involvement through each step in the batching process, but provides automated operator instructions/prompting, ingredient validation and lot tracking and automatic weighing with over/under tolerance control. The batching system reportedly eliminates bad batches that result from operator error and interruption. The operator no longer needs to keep track of where he is in the batching process, the automated hand prompt batching station does that for him automatically.
The batching controller’s PC and touchscreen display asks the operator to weigh ingredients. The batching controller sequences an operator through a formula one ingredient at time. The primary advantage of the system is to ensure that each ingredient added to the container is within a programmed weight tolerance and from the correct ingredient lot before the controller indexes the next ingredient to be added. This ensures the validity of all batches created by the operator.