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SmartFlow®
SmartFlow®

The easy-to-use SmartFlow® allows metal formers to take full control of die and stock lubrication. This full-featured, programmable fluid controller makes configuring, controlling, monitoring, and tracking fluid application easier than ever, leading to increased profits from the stamping or forming operation.

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“Until recently, all of Clover Tool’s stamping operations employed spray systems to apply lubricant, “and we sprayed everything―literally, the lubricant went everywhere,” shares Rob Zeni. “As we watched our lube costs continue to escalate over time, including costs related to disposing of spent lube, we decided early in 2018 . . .”  
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Features
  • Touch screen interface
  • Easy job creation
  • Process monitoring (pressure, flow, valve performance, and line status)
  • Fluid tracking - directly measure how much fluid your process is using!
Technical Specifications

    Power supply:
    • To integral transformer: 120VAC, 2.5A max or 240 VAC, 1.3A max, 50/60 Hz
    • Direct to controls: 24VDC up to 150 watts

    Cycle inputs:
    • 4 inputs, 24VDC NPN, PNP, or dry contact (switch closure)

    Maximum cycle input rate:
    • 50 cycles/second at 50% duty cycle, minimum contact open or closed time: 10ms

    Alarm inputs:
    • 2 inputs, 24 VDC NPN, PNP, or dry contact

    Outputs:
    • Up to 22 outputs, 24VDC, 6.5 watts, for nozzles or rollers

    Alarm interlock relay:
    • Dry contact, normally open or normally closed, 2A max current

    Operating temperature range:
    • 32°F–122°F [0°C–50°C]

    Storage temperature range:
    • -4°F–158°F [-20°C–70°C]

    Press control interface:
    • Modbus protocol over RS485 serial or ethernet

    Job storage:
    • 250 jobs

    Job transfer:
    • USB-A flash drive

    Options & Accessories

    Pressure transducer
    Pressure transducer
    Ensures the system is ready to dispense fluid by monitoring the fluid supply pressure. Configurable low pressure alarm point via the user interface

    Flow totalizer
    Flow totalizer
    Measures volumetric fluid flow to provide fluid consumption data

    Press control interface
    Press control interface
    Connects to production line controls to exchange information about jobs, settings, and alarms for easy job changeover and monitoring

    Remote valve enclosure
    Remote valve enclosure
    Mount control valves up to 50' (15m) away from the main fluid controller for easy access to the operator panel

    Flow monitoring
    Flow monitoring
    Monitors fluid pressure while dispensing to detect fluid flow for confident operation

    Dual fluid supply
    Dual fluid supply
    Program jobs to use fluid A or B when connected to dual fluid supply with solenoid fluid selector valve

    Get smart with fluid application

    The SmartFlow® allows metal formers to take full control of die and stock lubrication. This full-featured, programmable fluid controller makes configuring, controlling, monitoring, and tracking fluid application easier than ever, leading to increased profits from the stamping or forming operation.

    Designed around an intuitive and easy-to-use operator interface, the SmartFlow® provides simple and guided setup, advanced press control integration, fluid usage tracking, process monitoring, and enhanced diagnostic and maintenance tools.

    Save and recall jobs manually or utilize the press control interface for easy, automatic changeover. Back up and transfer jobs and settings between lines with a USB flash drive and the SmartFlow's® USB port. Pair the SmartFlow® controller with Unist's proven line of precision fluid applicators for an intelligent lubrication system that eliminates wasted fluid and mess, reduces scrap, and maximizes profits.

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    SmartFlow programmable fluid controller on press

    The automatic lubrication system intermittently actuates a bank of fluid Solenoid Valves (up to 22 outputs) that dispense a programmed quantity of fluid to specific lube points. The valve actuation on this electronic fluid dispenser is determined by production line rates so there is no under or over lubrication whether it is a stamping press or roll forming operation.


    smartflow programmable controller with uni-roller lubricator

    SmartFlow® Benefits

    • Monitors critical parameters
    • Precision fluid control
    • Controls up to 22 outputs
    • Stores up to 250 different setups/jobs
    • Access code prevents tampering
    • Saves fluid: precisely controls fluid




    save 50 percent

    Combine the SmartFlow® with a Uni-Roller® applicator to reduce fluid usage and save money

    On average, a Unist automatic lubrication system can reduce stamping fluid consumption by 50% with some customers reporting reductions as high as 90%!




    Touch screen interface

    Easily access jobs, settings, maintenance reminders, and more. The intuitive menu allows for easy transition from box to production line

    touchscreen

    Process monitoring

    The SmartFlow® controller can monitor pressure, flow, valve performance and line status to ensure lubrication is delivered as required

    process monitoring

    Easily create jobs

    The job setup wizard guides users through creating a job. Once created, simply increase or decrease the amount of lubricant desired for quick fine tuning of lubricant coatings.

    job creation

    Fluid tracking

    Take the guesswork out of tracking fluid consumption. Directly measure how much fluid your process is consuming with the optional flow meter. With the SmartFlow®, you'll work smarter and know your exact lubricant cost per part

    job creation




    SmartFlow® Applications:

    Provides programmable control for the following applications/Unist systems:

    • Punching
      (Mini-Roller, Uni-Roller® S2)
    • Stamping
      (Mini-Roller, Uni-Roller® S2, Uni-Roller S2 Powered®, TSL System, Low Volume Spray Nozzle)
    • Fine blanking
      (Uni-Roller® S2, Uni-Roller® S2 Powered)
    • Deep Drawing
      (Uni-Roller® S2, Uni-Roller® S2 Powered)
    • Application of rust preventives & protective coatings
      (Low Volume Spray Nozzle, Uni-Roller® S2)




    Delivers return on investment in less than 6 months

    SmartFlow® controller and Uni-Roller® lubricator uses 50 to 90% less lubricant. Plus it decreases the mess, the parts cleaning, fluid recycling and costs associated with in-die spray systems, rag technology and externally lubricated rollers.

    SmartFlow® Alarms

    SmartFlow® Alarms
    In addition to precise and measurable lubrication, Unist's SmartFlow® controller features intelligent alarms and warnings to protect downstream equipment and detect issues before they arise.



    SmartFlow® Installation Considerations

    SmartFlow® Installation Considerations
    Before installing your SmartFlow® Controller, there are several considerations to keep in mind. Follow along as we briefly discuss what is necessary for a successful SmartFlow® installation.



    Uni-Roller | Internally Fed Lubrication

    Uni-Roller | Internally Fed Lubrication
    The Uni-Roller® by Unist ensures even and consistent lubrication for metal forming stock. Replacing flood coolant, the Uni-Roller® can remove the sloppy mess from your operation.



    How to Prime Unist Uni-Roller

    How to Prime Unist Uni-Roller
    Follow along as we demonstrate how to prime your Uni-Roller® using a SmartFlow® controller.



    Metal Forming | Quick Lubrication Adjustment

    Metal Forming | Quick Lubrication Adjustment
    Follow along as we show you how to make micro-adjustments to your stock lubrication using the Unist Uni-Roller® with a SmartFlow® controller.



    SmartFlow® | Press Control Interface

    SmartFlow® | Press Control Interface
    Metal forming is easier than ever with SmartFlow! Now featuring press control interface, stock lubrication can be controlled directly from your press's controller.



    Why SmartFlow

    Why SmartFlow
    Take complete control of your die and stock lubrication with SmartFlow®. Consistent and accurate fluid application is easier than ever. Interested in enhancing your processes?



    Advanced Fluid Tracking

    Advanced Fluid Tracking
    What is advanced fluid tracking? Unlock new levels of precision and control using Unist's SmartFlow® controller. Smartflow® delivers neat and consistent lubrication that protects tooling, tracks and reduces fluid consumption, and more.



    Stamping & Metal Forming Lubrication Solutions

    Stamping & Metal Forming Lubrication Solutions
    An introduction to Unist stock lubrication systems for metal forming



    Configuring factory settings on the SmartFlow<sup>®</sup> controller. This video explains how to configure factory settings on your SmartFlow<sup>®</sup> controller.

    Configuring factory settings on the SmartFlow® controller.
    Factory settings are typically set by Unist before shipping a unit to a customer. There may be times when configuring factory settings is necessary such as when the initial application was not known at time of shipping or after a factory reset. This video explains how to configure factory settings on your SmartFlow® controller



    Configuring installation settings on the SmartFlow<sup>®</sup> controller. Learn how to access and configure installation settings.

    Configuring installation settings on the SmartFlow® controller.
    Installation settings must be properly set so that the controller is tailored for your application. Watch this video to learn how to access and configure these settings.



    Creating a new job on the SmartFlow<sup>®</sup> controller. Creating a new job is a simple and intuitive process with SmartFlow<sup>®</sup>

    Creating a new job on the SmartFlow® controller.
    Creating a job on the SmartFlow® is simple and intuitive. Learn how to use the job setup wizard to guide you through creating a new job specific to your application.



    Editing an existing job on the SmartFlow<sup>®</sup> controller. Editing an existing job is a simple and intuitive process with SmartFlow<sup>®</sup>

    Editing an existing job on the SmartFlow® controller.
    Making edits to existing jobs is easy with SmartFlow®. Watch this video to learn how to adjust your lubricant settings, nozzle timing, material width, and more.



    Editing alarm settings on the SmartFlow<sup>®</sup> controller Learn how to edit the alarm settings on a  SmartFlow<sup>®</sup> controlller

    Editing alarm settings on the SmartFlow® controller
    SmartFlow® monitors all critical process parameters. Sometimes, the alarm trigger points need to be adjusted for a specific application. Learn how to properly configure alarm settings in this video.



    Monitoring the inputs and outputs on the SmartFlow<sup>®</sup> Controller This video shows you how to monitor the inputs and outputs on the SmartFlow<sup>®</sup> controller.

    Monitoring the inputs and outputs on the SmartFlow® Controller
    The SmartFlow® allows user to directly view the status of any input or output. This is a useful tool for installation and troubleshooting. Watch this video to learn how to use it.



    Performing a flow test on the SmartFlow<sup>®</sup> controller This video shows you how to perform a flow test on the SmartFlow<sup>®</sup> controller.

    Performing a flow test on the SmartFlow® controller
    Performing a fluid flow test is a critical step when installing the SmartFlow®. Learn how the SmartFlow® makes this process quick and easy.



    Running, deleting, and exporting a job on the SmartFlow<sup>®</sup> controller This video shows you how to run, delete, and export a job on the SmartFlow<sup>®</sup> controller.

    Running, deleting, and exporting a job on the SmartFlow® controller
    The SmartFlow® can save up to 250 jobs. Learn how to run, delete, or export a job to another controller.



    Updating firmware on the SmartFlow<sup>®</sup> controller This video shows you how to update the firmware on the SmartFlow<sup>®</sup> controller.

    Updating firmware on the SmartFlow® controller
    Occasionally we may need to update the firmware on the controller with bug fixes or new software features. Watch this video to learn how to update the firmware on your SmartFlow® controller.



    Using the SmartFlow<sup>®</sup> to prime the Uni-Roller<sup>®</sup> S2 This video shows you how to prime your Uni-Roller<sup>®</sup> S2 using the SmartFlow<sup>®</sup> controller.

    Using the SmartFlow® to prime the Uni-Roller® S2
    When using a Uni-Roller®, properly priming the rollers is an important start up task. Watch this video to learn how the SmartFlow® walks you through priming rollers.




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