In Mix Vision orders are entered using this tool and it’s options. Tools are provided to permit entry of order number, recipe name, revision level, quantity of batches or total weight. Compound recipes and mix procedures can be shared between mixers, or variants can be created for mixers having a different capacity and or style of mixing. Schedules may be created, viewed, revised in accordance with the level of security issued to each user of the system. The system also maintains a complete history of the schedule.
The inventory management system provides tools for managing raw materials and, where selected, providing full lot traceability via a material tracking package. Through the use of bar code identification labels and readers all raw materials can be traced from receiving through to the mixed compounds upon completion of mixing. On all pages and displays were raw material information is presented the user will also be presented with the associated personal protection equipment data (PPE).
The Recipe Management is designed to provide complete compound mixing control with maximum process control flexibility via the use of all the available process control parameters, including a specialized hold temperature command for silica mixing. All possible Logic (And/Or) and process parameter (Time, Temperature, Kw, KwH) combinations are available to be used at any step of the mixing cycle. Ingredients are selected and added to scale categories and charge groups.
The ability to collect and analyze accurate process, production, and inventory data is critical in today's business environment. Process and ingredient data is automatically collected for each compound produced. This complete compound history provides the detailed data necessary for process analysis, quality control, and traceability. The compound history, material tracking, usage, production, scheduling, and recipe information is available within the database, and can be utilized by other processes and/or applications at the plant information system level, such as MRP, ERP, etc.
Reports in Mix Vision Gen2 are created using SQL Server Reporting Services or SSRS. This tool hosts the reports on the end user’s server to be accessed by client PCs. These reports are created and edited using Visual Studio with a plugin for creating SSRS reports. Mesabi ensure that the version of Visual Studio used is the free version, this permits customers to create and edit reports as needed. The other advantage to SSRS is that users do not actually need to be in Mix Vision to in order to access the reports. The user just needs access to host server to view reports.
The default SSRS package also allows for the export of reports in different formats: PDF, Excel and CSV, the most common. From that export users can manipulate the data or use it in presentations as and where needed. Of course, reports can also be printed onto paper.
The Mix Vision security provides mechanisms to set up multiple levels of security to control and track access to system operations. Security templates are provided for groups and types of users, which can be tailored and customized to each customer’s requirements.