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Solve System Issues Faster with Wolf Status Monitor

CFS solutions are designed to ensure our systems are running at optimal performance. The Wolf overhead sizing system is built with proactive troubleshooting methodologies using a Status Monitor functionality. The system software uses state-of-the-art techniques to constantly monitor itself for alarm conditions. This process continually looks for common conditions that could cause issues with production such as sensor miscounts, backup settings and PC availability, database connectivity errors, calibration verification, scale monitoring and much more.

When an alarm condition is detected, a red or yellow bar will be displayed on the right side of the monitor.

  • Red - Indicates a critical alarm condition that would impact production.
  • Yellow - Indicates a warning. Warnings are conditions that could affect specific areas of production, but not the overall process of distributing product.
Clicking on the color bar allows you to see more details about the alarm condition. If multiple alarm conditions exist you can scroll through them individually. To help solve the condition, a clickable “Trouble shooting screen” text takes you immediately to the screen to help solve the issue.

By understanding and using the System Monitor functionality regularly, you can help prevent hours of production re-work and downtime.

Reduce Sizing and Cut-Up Line Downtime with Drop Poppers

Simplify troubleshooting with CFS Drop Poppers, an LED output signal indicator for the Wolf ISS and Wolf Solo systems. This add-on line feature provides real-time output signal validation, drastically simplifies troubleshooting, and reduces downtime. 

Drop Poppers use LED lights to provide continuous output signal validation. In the case of a mechanical issue, a red LED flashes on when an output is test fired or when production is running, visually signaling system or hardware issues. This could be caused by airlines being turned off, corroded DIN Connector or coil, faulty cylinder or valve, etc.

This system add-on is compatible with all CFS sizing and cut-up line controls. Contact CFS to learn more about enhancing your system performance with Drop Poppers.


Wolf LC3 Line Controllers

Our Design Policy has always been to offer continuous improvements and upgrade capabilities for critical systems. As part of this philosophy, CFS is now supplying a new LC3 line controller for the Wolf ISS and Wolf Solo Control Systems. The newest LC3 controllers will replace the LC2 model, which will be discontinued by the manufacturer due to changes in technology and availability of internal components.

The LC3 controller has a very similar form factor to the LC2. There will be no physical changes needed to your system if you are switching from an LC2 to an LC3. This simple transition includes several benefits. LC3 controllers offer twice the processor speed, increased memory capacity and improved security protocols for file transfers and setup.  

Follow the link below to learn more about the LC3 controller and system requirements.


Label Printer Maintenance for Optimal Printing Performance

CFS is expanding label printer support to SATO and Zebra printers. If you have a Computerway system that uses a Datamax thermal printer, it is important to routinely clean key components. Below are 3 printer parts that can help ensure proper printer performance when regularly maintained. 

  1. Printhead - If print quality declines it typically can be traced to debris build-up on the printhead. If left unattended, the printhead service life can be reduced. The printhead can be cleaned using a Datamax cleaning card. Contact to purchase cleaning cards for your machine. 
  2. Media Sensor - Dust residing on the Media Sensor can cause major service issues. This is the mechanism that ensures that the gap between the paper and the printhead remains constant. Consider cleaning with canned air regularly, every time you change a roll of paper. 
  3. Platen Roller - The platen roller is an important part of the printer and should be cleaned regularly. Grit, adhesive and ink build-up cause a decline in print quality and, in extreme cases, cause labels to stick and wrap around the roller. 

View full Datamax printer cleaning instructions via the link below.