Davidson, N.C., Feb. 6, 2018 — Ingersoll Rand®, a global leader in reliable and innovative power tools, introduces the INSIGHTqc controller for critical assembly manufacturing applications. The INSIGHTqc helps manufacturers, such as those in heavy equipment and automotive, who require advanced fastening strategies to take control of their assembly processes quickly.
The controller powers Ingersoll Rand QE Series™ and QM Series™ direct current precision assembly tools (DC tools), and collects data that manufacturers can act on in order to improve production. The INSIGHTqc controller stores up to 50,000 records of cycle data and 50,000 tightening traces onboard the device – one of the largest storage capacities of any controller on the market and 50 times more than the previous Ingersoll Rand model.
“The INSIGHTqc controller provides a simple, flexible and capable solution that can communicate operations data back to the customer faster and more accurately, saving our customers time and money,” says Austin Lieb, vice president of product management and marketing at Ingersoll Rand Power Tools. “This delivers on our strategy to provide IIoT-enabled solutions customers can easily integrate into their operating systems and derive meaningful insights into their manufacturing operations.”
Simple set up, training and implementation
The INSIGHTqc controller is simple to set up and integrate into a manufacturer’s assembly operations, and can be connected to multiple devices. The fastening data is saved on an internal solid state drive and the controller can be connected to a network to also save the data on a plant’s server. Metrics and analytics are protected even if a network connection is dropped and can be studied any time for quality control.
The INSIGHTqc saves training time and installation costs with an intuitive, touch-screen programming interface and ready-to-use protocols. An integrated memory backup and recovery capabilities reduce errors and downtime.
The controller can support up to four plug-and-play accessories or devices, such as a barcode scanner or socket trays, with its four onboard USB ports. Operators can also save time and increase productivity with the integrated help system, an interactive icon that opens the corresponding digital pages of the user manual that apply to the active screen on the controller.
Highly flexible software and controls
The controller’s web-based software is compatible with smart phones, tablets and other Internet-based devices. The controller features easy line integration, integrated logic controls and helps reduce line rebalancing costs. It is also easy to upgrade the controller’s hardware and software to meet any tightening control requirements.
The INSIGHTqc controller improves manufacturing productivity with onboard diagnostics and integrated statistical process controls that are represented visually, so manufacturers can correct fastening errors. The controller is also equipped with preventative maintenance alarms and configurable email alerts.
Manufacturers can select optional plug-and-play accessories. The barcode scanner helps operators troubleshoot quality issues with specific parts, while the socket trays and bit trays aid in error-proofing the assembly process.
For more information about the INSIGHTqc controller visit irtools.com/insightqc.
About Ingersoll Rand
Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) advances the quality of life by creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments. Our people and our family of brands—including Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®, Thermo King® and Trane®—work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings; transport and protect food and perishables; and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. We are a $14 billion global business committed to a world of sustainable progress and enduring results. Ingersoll Rand products range from complete compressed air and gas systems and services, to power tools, material handling and fluid management systems. The diverse and innovative products, services and solutions enhance our customers' energy efficiency, productivity and operations. For more information, visit www.ingersollrand.com or www.ingersollrandproducts.com.