The materialAssist app is part of the edgeband assistant "Edgeband Management Set" as well as part of the "Cutting Production Set".
Before first use, the components of the set must be launched. As soon as the commissioning is completed, the configuration of the app can be started by clicking on Configure.
After the first configuration, the "Configure" button turns into a gear wheel. Here you can make additional settings later.
The app guides you through the configuration in individual steps.
Step 1: Customize the name of the workstation
In the first step, the name of the workstation can be customized. Assigning a name that is as meaningful as possible makes it easier to select later in the overview.
Step 2: Configuration of the scanner
In the following step you can link a barcode scanner.
To do this, you must first connect the scanner to the tablet via bluetooth. The correct connection is checked by scanning the displayed matrix code (1). More details can be found here.
The integration of a scanner is optional. However, working with the application in combination with a scanner is significantly simplified. We have listed some recommended models in the Equipment & Hardware section. If required, a device can also be added later by starting the configuration again.
If you do not want to include a scanner, click continue without scanner (2) to reach the next step.
Step 3: Configuration of the HOMAG CUBE
Now you connect the HOMAG CUBE to the app.
The HOMAG CUBE can be added by scanning (1) the label on the rearside. The tablet (or the bluetooth scanner connected in the previous step) can be used for this purpose.
For very large racks that require a large number of LED strips, several HOMAG CUBEs can be added successively.
After all HOMAG CUBEs have been successfully added, select the required devices at this workstation.
Step 4: Configuration of the printer
The integration of a printer is necessary for the printing of labels. The devices connected to the HOMAG CUBE are displayed for selection in the next step.
It is also possible to select a printer that is connected to another HOMAG CUBE at another workstation. Please take into account the size of the labels inserted in the device.
Before using the printer, it is necessary to select the label size (1) and calibrate it (2).
The printing can be verified by outputting a test label (3). The alignment can be modified, if necessary, by adjusting the spacing (4).
Step 5: Configuration of the LED-strips
Note: This step is not necessary if the materialAssist is used together with the Cutting Production Set and can therefore be skipped. For this, please click on Continue without LEDs.
LED strips installed on the rack help with easy identification of shelves during removal or storage.
You can easily integrate the LED strips connected to the HOMAG CUBE by clicking on add LED strip (1).
The number of LEDs (1) and connection (2) must be stored.
The connector indicates whether the connector of the LED strip is mounted on the right or on the left side.
The number of LEDs depends on the length of the LED strip.
|Length of the LED strip||Number of LEDs|
To simplify configuration, the LED bar lights up in the displayed color scheme.
|Green (3)||Last LED; If the length is selected correctly, the last LED lights up green.|
|Red / Blue (6)||Block of 10 LEDs; 10 LEDs light up alternately in red and blue. This simplifies counting.|
|White||Number of the LED controller; This color is only used when several LED controllers are connected.|
|Orange||Number of the LED-Box|
Step 6: Configuration of the storage locations
You can add the individual shelves or storage locations in the last step.
Therefore, each shelf is provided a code (see Rack setup). After that, each individual rack or location can be added by scanning it with a bluetooth scanner or after clicking add rack (1) with the tablet.
If a LED strip is available, a specific LED area can be assigned to the rack. When something is removed or stored in the shelf, this area will light up and also during the configuration of the shelf.
It is also possible to create storage locations without LED display. This is the default setting if you use the materialAssist together with the Cutting Production Set. Furthermore, you might choose this function , e.g., for pallets on the floor or a distant storage location.
Note: You can define, e.g. a "goods receipt" shelf, so that the material can be registered there immediately as delivered.
Step 7: Completing the configuration
Once all steps have been performed, the configuration is complete and the workstation can be used.
Note: The configuration can be restarted any time by clicking on the configuration icon.