Lightning Batch Automation Controls

Lightning is RexCon’s newest batching control system, offering improvements on the successful RexCon Control and Communication Center (RC3). The Lightning control platform is based on a new state-of-the-art PLC with high speed Ethernet communications for an extremely fast batching control. This PLC also allows for easy firmware updates and data backups via USB port.

The PLC, I/O modules, power supply, and I/O relays are all DIN rail mounted to simplify maintenance and expansion. These parts are available around the world, so replacements are readily available quickly.

Both the Windows PC-based operator interface and manual panel for Lightning are intentionally kept the same as the RC3 control which users are already familiar with.

Lightning Features:

  • PLC & PC software update from a USB drive
  • Uses an off-the-shelf power supply
  • Components use standard DIN rail mounting
  • Same look and feel as the RC3 so operations are familiar to existing users
  • In the wall-mount j-box, all parts are off-the-shelf
  • PLC CPU module is much faster than the RC3
  • Up to 5 scales
  • Up to 20 total bins
  • Up to 20 total bins
  • Up to 20 liquid meters
  • Up to 3 mixers

Features:

  • PC Software Operates Under Windows 10™, 7™ and future versions.
  • All Data Files are in Industry Standard Microsoft Access Database Format (*.mdb)
  • RC³ Backup Utility Saves All Data Files onto a USB Flash Drive
  • Real-Time Color Graphics Displays Progress of Each Product as it is Batched
  • Easy to Operate, Quick and Easy to Train Operators to Batch
  • Complete Management and Reporting of the Batching Process
  • On-Hand Inventory of all Products Including Entry and tracking of Received Products
  • U.S. or Metric Units Completely Supported Including Automatic Conversion
  • Display/Print in English, Spanish, or other Available Languages
  • Rexcon Service Techs can remotely login to the RC3 to Provide Updates, Diagnose Issues, and modify Configuration Settings
  • Remote Batching is supported
  • Open Licensing – No software restrictions on the number of PC locations
  • Non-Proprietary Electrical / Hardware Components available worldwide

Batch / Truck Reporting:

  • Any Windows compatible printer can be used including a wireless printer
  • Easy setup of two printers for tickets and/or reports
  • Electronic tickets can be can be saved in a folder and automatically sent as an email
  • Reprint Complete Ticket of any Archived Batch
  • No Limit on Number of Archived Batches
  • No Limit on Number of Products, Formulas, Customers, Drivers, Trucks or Jobs
  • Product, Formula, Customer, Driver, Truck or Job Names up to 20 Alpha-Numeric Characters
  • Tracking/Reporting of Truck Usage
  • Tracking/Reporting of Mixer(s) Usage
  • Tracking/Reporting of Product Usage by Job, Customer, or Mix

Batch Features:

  • Operator-Configurable Water Holdback
  • Easily blend two waters (for example hot & cold water)
  • Full support of manual entry of aggregate moistures when a bin moisture probe is not used
  • Full support of moisture probe Dynamic Moisture Compensation of each batch
  • Moisture Probe in Each Agg Bin is supported
  • Manual Batch Tracking and Ticket Printing
  • Multi-Batch Operation Allows the Operator to Specify a Batch Size Greater than the Size of Scales, Mixer or Truck, RC3 will Batch 2 or 3 loads and Print a Single Ticket
  • Bin Mapping of Aggregate and Cement Bins to their Associated Scales
  • Automatic Scale Discharge Rate Control Including a Configurable Modifier for Each Truck
  • Admixture Percent Modifier that can be changed on the Batch Start Window
  • Up to 3 Admixtures can be added to any Batch on the Batch Start Window
  • (Optional) PC Display of Plant Air Pressure Includes Warning
  • Low Level Product On-hand Inventory Warning
  • Switch Bin on a Product No-Flow during the Batching Process
  • Calculation and Display of the Water/Cement Ratio on the Batch Start Window
  • Batch View Automatically Updates Water/Cement Ratio Display as Temper Water is Added to Mixer
  • Full Support of Ice Additions Manually, Semi-Auto, or Fully Automatic
  • Onscreen Digital Slump that accurately displays and saves mixer slump data

Peripheral / Software Interface:

  • Desktop manual panel and wall-mount panel (contains PLC and plant interface)
  • Includes Central Mix Control – Slump Meter, Mix Timer, and Temper Water Button
  • Cables to connect PC with peripherals and with the manual panel
  • If Desired, Bulk-head connectors on RC3 to interface to the plant control cords
  • Cables to connect the batching computer with the load cell meters
  • (Optional) Support of Dual Displays
  • Supports Multiple Printers over Parallel, USB, Ethernet, or Wireless
  • Interface to Real Time (Optional) Silo Level Hardware with Visual Graphics
  • Interface to Dispatch Software / Accounting with (Optional) “Host Computer Interface” (ULink)
  • Interface to Dispatch Software with (Optional) “Host Computer Interface” (ULink)
  • Interface to FiveCubits via Truck Load Event
  • Interface to (Optional) Truck “Call Board” Display
  • Interface two RC3 controls to share common inventory (e.g. bins, silos, etc.)
  • Remote batching
  • Remote diagnostics and Updates
  • E-mail electronic tickets
  • Multiple moisture probes
  • Multiple language support
  • 1 year “Platinum Plan” support (free phone support & free software updates during RexCon business hours)

Significant features of Rexcon Lightning concrete batching control:

  • PLC & PC software update from a USB drive
  • Uses an off-the-shelf power supply
  • Components use standard DIN rail mounting
  • Same look and feel as the RC3 so operations are familiar to existing users
  • In the wall-mount j-box, all parts are off-the-shelf
  • PLC CPU module is much faster than the RC3

All the features supported by RC3 are also supported by the Lightning control.

Contact Us

Phone Number:
262-539-4050

Address:
2841 Whiting Road
Burlington, WI 53105