Never before has it been easier, faster, and safer to check whether the chemicals in a container are of the right type, quality, and concentration.
Paul has a problem...
This is Paul.
Paul works in a microchip factory. Products are created here that enrich our everyday lives: without them, many of our new technologies, such as robotics, sensor technology, or IoT, would not even be possible.
Paul uses a variety of hazardous and sensitive chemicals in the different production processes. Things have to run perfectly.
A mix-up could be disastrous.
A mix-up at a dispensing station can lead to severe accidents.
It only takes one mistake!
It only takes one mistake when looking at the label for the wrong container to be chosen. Unclear or damaged labels make mistakes even easier...
More is needed than barcodes and mechanical key codes.
The systems Paul already uses, such as barcodes and mechanical key codes, offer limited safety.
Barcodes are not protected against manipulation and cannot be integrated smoothly into supply chains.
Mechanical key codes provide initial protection but are limited in number and cannot distinguish chemical concentrations and quality.
Paul wants safety.
Paul is safety-conscious. He wants to eliminate this danger to protect his colleagues, the plant, the products, and himself.
How can Paul solve his problem using SupplyLine?
Even the delivery is smart:
All information is stored ready for connection
Paul's chemical supplier stores all the important information on each container, such as the chemicals, concentration, and quality, in advance. This is done simply via an RFID chip on the container or directly in the integrated AS dip tube.
Scanning is fully automatic:
No additional interventions needed
When Paul connects the container to its dispensing station, the system automatically checks whether all the data on the container and station match.
Did Paul connect the right chemistry?
Perfect! A release signal is automatically sent to the system controller. The pump can be started, and the container emptied.
No release signal is sent to the controller, and Paul cannot start the pumping procedure.
Paul is happy. With smart technology, he optimized the processes and protected his colleagues and machines. The microchips they produce have helped make these smart features possible in the first place.
What is needed to use SupplyLine at my dispensing or filling station?
The SupplyLine Gateway forms the central interface between the RFID chip on the container, the SupplyLine Platform and the existing controls of the plant. This specially developed computing and evaluation unit passes on the read chip ID to the platform, processes the feedback from the platform and can pass this on to the plant control system as an enable signal (e.g. by switching a relay). The Gateway is very compact and can be easily incorporated into existing installations. An RFID antenna is connected to the Gateway, which can be encapsulated in a dispense or fill head, for example. This way, the RFID chip incorporated in the dip tubes can be read and recorded directly when connected - fully automatically without any additional handling.
How does the release signal to the system / pump control work?
After a successful check whether the data of the RFID chip correspond to those of the dispensing/filling station, the Gateway can issue a release signal to the control system. For this purpose, a load, e.g. a relay, a solenoid valve or even just a light can be connected to the Gateway, which is switched upon release and enables the start of the pumping process. And if something should not be right during the check, there will be no release signal, automatically and safely preventing the wrong container from being filled or emptied.
How is the information assigned to the containers?
With the help of a mobile handheld reader, the RFID chips in the dip tube or on the container can be scanned and assigned data such as the chemical, quality or lifetime. Even linking with existing barcodes on the container is possible.
Can additional information be added to the RFID chip?
In the current SupplyLine version, the chemical in its respective quality and concentration, the container lifetime and a container serial number can be assigned and verified. Customer/supplier-specific assignment is also possible. Information about the dip tube, such as the batch and the materials, are already included as standard.
Can I test SupplyLine free of charge and without any obligation?
Yes, of course. Apply for your free test access on Free Trial.
Can I use SupplyLine if my supplier does not work with it?
Even if your supplier does not fill with SupplyLine from the start, this is not a problem. If this case, they can be provided with free access to the SupplyLine portal. They, they can scan the containers and simply assign them to a chemical, so that everything on your side of the process continues normal daily operations.
I already work with dispense / fill heads on my plant. Do I need new ones to be able to use SupplyLine?
Many AS dispense and fill heads can easily be retrofitted with a RFID antenna. Please contact us.
Can SupplyLine also be used without a dip tube in the container and without a dispense head?
Yes, SupplyLine is open for all containers, filling and dispensing methods. As an alternative to a RFID chip in the dip tube, it can, for example be attached separately to the container with a chemically resistant cable tie or a seal. Contact us, we will be happy to advise you on the various options.
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