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What’s new in AutoPilot4Feed Version 9

AutoPilot4Feed Version 9 update summary
General
  • Audit improved user interface with multiple tabs and quick search
  • User password encryption, colour theme selection, preferred language and full name field
Raw material set-up
  • Archive status facility (will prevent appearing in drop down lists)
  • Modification history button
  • Select weighing order priority for material
  • Enable grain passport requirement
  • Disable use in manual substitution
Intake
  • Option to select route to destination where multiple routes are available (as opposed to auto-select by configured priorities)
  • Intake log view improved user interface
  • Enhanced supplier details
Weighing / Batching
  • Feeder parameters history button
  • Scale parameters history button
  • Warning if scale tare greater than 10%
  • Bin barring remove access restriction by reason
  • Hand add and Preweigh4Feed improved user interface
  • Bin substitution improved user interface
  • View batch record can now filter by product code, mixer line and batching line
  • View batch record can now search for order number, run number or lot number
  • View batch record can sort by clicking on any column header
  • Formula archiving facility
  • Formula expiry facility prevents production
  • Feeder drainage facility to empty tote bins and update stocks
  • Self-flushing batches for multiple mixing lines
  • Pre-batch facility to split batch in two for treating a bulk material with special liquid before mixing with other ingredients
  • Preweigh4Feed can prepare containers for 2 hand tips
  • Preweigh4Feed integrated with Warehouse Stock Tracking facility
  • Preweigh4Feed has material by material mode
Standard Substitutions
  • Can be activated for a number of batches as well as period of time
  • Activation history button
  • Print and print preview buttons
  • Maximum sub % restriction
Press control
  • Knife change indication, acknowledgement and audit
Finished product set-up
  • Quick link to edit product
  • Modification history button
  • Print button
  • Facility to always require self-flushing batch
  • Additional materials can be selected to add to first batch only
  • Link to product length configuration
Bulk out-loading
  • Option to auto cleanout at vehicle plated weight
  • Option to auto hold transfer route at vehicle plated weight
  • Truck set-up with quick links to haulier and customer set-up
  • Bin barring remove access restriction by reason
  • Support for Vishay, Cardinal, Salter, Lucid X weighbridges
  • Enhanced customer information
  • Sales representative information
     
Improved menu system

MimicMenu      MimicMenu search

MimicMenu is an alternative for the current menus that are accessible from the mimics.  It works alongside the current menu system, but has the following additional features:

  • Accessible from the bottom-left of any screen next to the Windows menu (the button is revealed when the mouse is close enough).
  • Dynamic searching of menu items or their filenames for quicker navigation. Simply type what you’re looking for.
  • Full touchscreen support. Full keyboard overlay for searching, and menu fonts can be easily resized for easier touch-control.

Full navigation using either mouse, keyboard, or touchscreen.

Plan4Feed updates
Truck Allocation facility (new option)
Plan4Feed Truck allocation

Orders can be assigned to trucks (or any other vehicle type) either before, during, or after production, on any day, and on any load. This information is displayed visually, and orders can be moved about or reallocated easily. Truck compartments are also supported. Loads (e.g. first, second, AM, PM, etc). are fully configurable. You can configure permanent trucks (to be displayed in any desired order) or use temporary trucks when required. This facility works seamlessly with the AutoPilot4Feed’s bulk out-loading facility.

User Profile facility

The current Plan4Feed settings can be stored as a site-wide user profile, which can be later be loaded on any PC. Plan4Feed supports multiple profiles and remembers everything from fonts to filters. Each PC running Plan4Feed can switch between profiles effortlessly at any time.

Split Order facility

Orders can be split (on the Production Programme), which allows them to be make separately, or on multiple destinations.

Multiple Production Speeds

Plan4Feed now supports multiple press speeds (tph) per product category per destination. This means you can configure a certain product to be made at different speeds depending on which production line it is made.

User Interface Improvements

Plan4Feed has had many improvements to its looks and feel. Colours and fonts have been tweaked, and options menus have been replaced by intuitive screens. More filters have been added to the Order List, and these can be adjusted quickly and easily when required.

Plan4Feed Lite
Plan4Feed Lite 2

Plan4Feed is an established optional facility for AutoPilot4Feed to help with scheduling production and improving efficiency. With AutoPilot4Feed Version 9 all blending systems include a "Lite" version of Plan4Feed which visually displays the day programme and updates in real time. This helps predict when product runs will complete and users can easily see the production schedule status. The "Lite" version does not include any of the order scheduling features.

Finished product weighbridge facility
Truck Scheduling

Where the fully automatic AutoPilot4Feed bulk out-loading facility isn't currently possible due to manual operation of bin discharge, there is an alternative facility to process finished product trucks on the weighbridge. This enables 1st and 2nd weights to be captured for each truck and dispatch notes printed. It can also process bag collection trucks. All data is logged for future reference and reporting.

Bin substitutions made easier
Bin Sub new

When a weigh scale goes to a slow fill status due to running out of material the operator is able to use the bin substitution facility by clicking on the weigher box which will be red to indicate it is in alarm condition. This facility has been completely rewritten to provide a more intuitive interface for operators. Fundamentally the old version would ask a series of questions to ascertain how the operator wanted to deal with the short fall of material. In the new version the operator is presented with full details of the shortfall and several buttons that allows them to quickly select and perform one of the following options:-

  • No substitution - ignore shortfall and move to next ingredient
  • Retry at end - weigh other ingredients required for scale and then retry weighing this shortfall at the end
  • Bin substitution - select another bin on another scale with the same material
  • Standard substitution -select other ingredients to weigh in replacement of the shortfall using a pre-configure standard substitution
  • Manual substitution - manual select other ingredients to weigh in replacement of the shortfall
Bin stock check simplified and live
Finished product bin dips

A new facility is provided in version 9 to simplify bin stock checks by allowing the operator to enter a bin dip level in metres from a laser device (or transmit via Bluetooth). The utility is designed to work on a tablet PC so this can be taken to the top of the bins. The system can then instantly and accurately update the bin stock level. Bins are configured with their size and cone shape. The software uses these parameters to convert the bin dip level to a volume which is then converted to a tonnage using the material density.

Assets4Feed gets operator plant fault reporting feature
Report fault

A new feature has been built into AutoPilot4Feed to allow operators to report plant issues to the Assets4Feed maintenance software. This allows non-planned maintenance to be scheduled alongside the planned maintenance. To report a fault the operator simply clicks on the item and fills in a form with the details of the issue. In the Assets4Feed the issues will appear in the maintenance schedule.

Report fault form

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