dhPlus is affordable conveyor and warehouse control for small to medium size systems. It can be used for a wide range of conveyor applications and can utilize many field devices including barcode scanners, weigh scales and P&A (Print and Apply) units.
dhPlus can also communicate with host systems such as SAP for intelligent package routing and tracking through the warehouse or plant.
Turnkey pricing for dhPlus deployments range from about $40K to $500K. It is more cost effective than all of the large system vendors and many of the smaller ones.
What's in the box?
The best way to think about dhPlus is as a customizable hardware and software product. It has two main options -- Standard and Enterprise. See the Feature Matrix below.
dhPlus typically ships with the following:
- Control panel with high capability PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) and motor controls such as starters and VFDs which are used to control the conveyors.
- HMI (Human Machine Interface) mounted on the control panel door or on a separate pedestal. The HMI is used to control and monitor the conveyor system.
- Field devices such as photo eyes and motor disconnect switches
Optional equipment that can be shipped with dhPlus include a PC workstation (Enterprise option), barcode cameras, P&A units, additional HMI pedestal stations and a maintenance support laptop.
The feature matrix below outlines all of the main hardware and software features. Specifically, the Enterprise option requires a PC server running Windows or a customer supplied VM (Virtual Machine).
|Control panel (traditional 1 or 2 door)||HW||X||X|
|HMI (mounted on panel door)||HW||X||X|
|HMI on pedestal||HW||X||X|
|High capability PLC||HW||X||X|
|Basic motor control||HW||X||X|
|VFD motor control||HW||X||X|
|MDR interface using I/O or network||HW||X||X|
|Safety circuit (E-stop buttons and pull cords)||HW||X||X|
|Photo eyes (for sensing the carton or pallet)||HW||X||X|
|Motor disconnect switches||HW||X||X|
|Barcode scanners (Cognex or Keyence)||HW||X||X|
|Print and Apply applicators (Panther)||HW||X||X|
|Main conveyor control logic||SW||X||X|
|Pick module carton routing logic||SW||X||X|
|High speed sortation logic||SW||X||X|
|MDR accumulation and sortation logic (Itoh Denki and PulseRoller)||SW||X||X|
|P&A interface logic||SW||X||X|
|Weigh scale interface logic||SW||X||X|
|Host interface (FTP protocol)||SW||X||X|
|Host interface (Custom socket protocol)||SW||X||X|
|Host interface (MQTT protocol)||SW||X||X|
|HMI standard screens for control, configuration and monitoring||SW||X||X|
|HMI basic conveyor graphics||SW||X||X|
|HMI basic dashboard||SW||X||X|
|HMI basic event logging||SW||X||X|
|HMI basic alarming||SW||X||X|
|Basic email notifications||SW||X||X|
|Limited SMS notifications||SW||X||X|
|Customer support laptop with all software preloaded||SW||X||X|
|Host interface (database table sharing)||SW||X|
|HMI enhanced conveyor graphics||SW||X|
|HMI enhanced dashboard||SW||X|
|HMI enhanced event logging||SW||X|
|HMI enhanced alarming||SW||X|
|Enhanced email notifications||SW||X|
|Enhanced SMS notifications||SW||X|
Ready for a quote?
Please reach out to David at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 404-993-6973 when you're ready for a budgetary or firm quote for your specific application.