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Monday, February 25, 2013

Building an Automated Test System Makes Sense

Technidyne's PROFILE/Plus automated test system has existed for over 12 years.  It was the first modular approach to automated testing in the Paper Industry.  Approximately 700 modules have been sold over the years.  These PROFILE/Plus modules reside in about 250 different locations in 21 countries around the world.  Currently, there are 43 systems with an average of 5 modules/system.  Before the PROFILE/Plus modular concept customers had to purchase an entire 'big-box' system all at once. To justify the US$1 Million price tag, people were eliminated.  By contrast most PROFILE/Plus systems were built over time. Many PROFILE/Plus systems were started with an initial investment of US$15,000.  Manpower is usually reallocated to more important, analytical tasks after PROFILE/Plus implementation since the automated system provides efficient, frequent, quality data on each roll of paper. 

The US$1 Million price tag for a 'big-box' system doesn't even include the cost to install the 10 ft X 5 ft structure into the lab.  PROFILE/Plus modules sit on the existing counter top.

Over time, as testing needs and strategic objectives change PROFILE/Plus systems can be reconfigured to accommodate this.  In some cases a single system is split into two systems. This is simply not possible with traditional, 'big-box' systems, and the investment is thousands of dollars instead US$500,000 or more.

Since the inception of the PROFILE/Plus product line, compatibility has been a core feature.  As an example, Technidyne still maintains Hagerty Technologies smoothness, porosity and opacity modules which are over 20 years old.  Therefore, if you are building a system over time, you can feel confident that you won't have to be concerned about compatibility. 

Learn more about PROFILE/Plus.