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TAP, by SDS Industries, is the first commercially available consumer kiln controller that utilizes an intuitive graphical user interface to enable the glass or ceramic artist to immediately start programming and operating their kiln.

TAP is designed as a drop in replacement for any existing 12-key PID kiln controller (glass or ceramic), such as an Orton Autofire® 3000, Bartlett Instruments RTC 1000, or Sentry 2.0 Controller, or can be purchased as a standalone model. We are actively working with kiln manufacturers to ensure TAP is available as a preinstalled option on future kiln models.

The Temperature Automation by Proportional Integral-Derivative (TAP) controller is the first viable, commercially available solution to the art community which incorporates a Graphical User Interface (GUI) for end to end control of a firing process. This controller is designed to take the guess work out of firing schedule creation, modification, execution, and monitoring. The intuitive touchscreen interface utilizes a smart-phone like UI to enable immediate out of the box use. This unique design approach alleviates the need to continually refer back to the User Manual for performing the most basic tasks.

PID Control

TAP utilizes a Proportional Integral-Derivative (PID) control algorithm to ensure accurate schedule following with the fastest response, minimal overshoot, and limited steady state error.

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TAP provides access to many features and settings within the controller such as extensive logging capabilities, virtually unlimited number of schedule segments, on-the-fly schedule modifications, realtime graphical display, built in diagnostics, preventative maintenance, and semi-annual software updates.

 

Less Time Watching The Clock

More Time Creating

Diagnostics

Diagnostics provide a real-time look into the usage of critical kiln components. From the diagnostics screen, you can view the actual number of relay actuations, the amount of time the heating elements have been on, and the amount of time the thermocouples have been exposed to high temperatures.

Firing Log

The firing log contains the data associated with all past firings. These firings are presented in a selectable display box. Each firing is identified by the date and time the firing began, along with the title of the schedule executed. Review can occur at any point after the firing and is visible in a graphical format.

 

Take the guess work out of firing schedule creation, modification, execution, and monitoring.

Schedules

Users have virtually unlimited storage of schedules and segments. You have the ability to create a new schedule, edit an existing schedule, or summarily view a currently stored schedule. Most importantly, you can title all of your schedules, so there is no more guessing as to what schedule is what!

Settings

TAP includes a host of settings to make your life easier and to ensure that the data you want to see is available and in the format you prefer. From auxiliary outputs to display settings, and notification preferences to preventative maintenance, TAP has got you covered.

 

Robust Reporting and Logging Keeps You Informed At A Glance

Cost

Cost settings can be used to provide a realistic approximation of the cost of a firing. TAP utilizes the user entered Cost per Kilowatt-Hour and Kiln Power Rating to determine the cost of firing. Unlike many controllers that assume anywhere from a 50-100% duty cycle for a firing, TAP utilizes the amount of time elements are on during a firing to determine the exact duty cycle for the executing firing schedule. During firing, the accrued cost is displayed on the execution screen. Assuming these settings are enabled, you will see the firing cost increase as elements are cycled on and off during a firing. After firing, the actual cost can be found in the firing log.

Preventive Maintenance

Preventive Maintenance settings are utilized in conjunction with TAP’s recorded diagnostics to ensure peak performance over the lifetime of your kiln. Preventative maintenance settings are used as a reference point for when alerts should be presented to the user and act as a reminder that it is time to perform regular maintenance on the kiln. These settings cover relay life, element life, and thermocouple life.

Software Updates

Semi-annual software updates are available from our support page. These updates incorporate additional planned functionality, software enhancements as requested by users, and any bug fixes that may be identified.

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PID Control
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Error Reporting
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Cost Prediction
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Auxiliary Output
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Graphical Display
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Unlimited Schedule Storage
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Touchscreen
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Data Logging
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Preventative Maintenance
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Diagnostics
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Software Updates
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Networking
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