Similar to hydraulic force control, adaptive force control (AFC) also automatically sets the pressure being applied to a load based on the load weight. The main differences are that AFC’s are typically only used with paper roll clamp attachments and they use pre-programmed information specific to your application to determine a ratio based on roll weights and paper types and. This capability provides ultimate precision to further reduce the possibility of product damage. These settings can also be adjusted easily using a laptop or desktop computer if roll sizes or types change.
Depending on the brand you go with, you can also get several additional features. Cascade’s AFC’s, for example, also provide the following features:
- Load Cushion™– lift accumulator that absorbs shocks in the hydraulic system, reducing the clamp force required to handle a load.
- Electronic Drop-Stop Valve – prevents clamp pads from sliding down and damaging the product after unclamping a roll in slack-chain condition and prevents pad jump when used with an accumulator.
- Digital Display – shows the clamping pressure in the circuit at all times, indicating that the circuit is functioning properly.
Given the additional safeguards to reduce product damage, this solution is ideal for very high throughput applications and where product damage tends to be more costly due to higher-value products. It’s also more beneficial for customers with a variety of roll sizes due to its adaptability and customization capabilities.
Regardless of your hydraulic clamping needs, the potential value added by choosing the right type of pressure regulation cannot be underestimated. Consider your return on investment for each type and make your decision carefully. When in doubt, consult with your local, authorized Toyota dealer for help with finding the right product to fit your specific needs.