Case Studies & Application Stories 

October 28, 2014

ITTIA puts embedded database in robots

Wasserbauer installed ITTIA DB SQL data base into its Butler robots.

October 27, 2014

Kepware connects 17 plants of Cascades Tissue Group

Using Kepware’s KEPServerEX, Cascades now supports communications across all of its seventeen plants, seventeen paper machines, and nearly ninety converting lines with just one piece of software.

Barcelona Airport Takes Off with Integrated Command and Control System
October 27, 2014

Barcelona Airport Takes Off with Integrated Command and Control System

Wonderware software integrated all their existing disparate systems, achieved reliable and cost-efficient control, enabled safe operations and created scalability for future growth.

Rockwell Automation controls Ridgeline Pipe Manufacturing
October 27, 2014

Rockwell Automation controls Ridgeline Pipe Manufacturing

Ridgeline Pipe manufactures about 125 different PVC pipe products that vary in length, diameter, color, markings and other requirements. Allen-Bradley ControlLogix L61 programmable automation controller (PAC) manages all control and motion functions for each piece of equipment in the PVC manufacturing process.

Vision helps robot pack cereal packets
October 26, 2014

Vision helps robot pack cereal packets

Vision Systems Design
To correctly place packages of cereal in buckets prior to packaging, AFA Systems installed a vision-based system at an unnamed cereal plant that uses a smart camera coupled with a robotic pick and place system.

Vision makes light work of egg case palletizing
October 26, 2014

Vision makes light work of egg case palletizing

Vision Systems Design
A Datalogic M150 color camera fitted with a 28mm lens captures images of cartons of eggs packed into boxes as they move under the vision system at a rate of 30 cases per minute. Data from the camera is then transferred to a Datalogic MX40 embedded vision processor over a Power over Ethernet interface for analysis.

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3D vision system inspects thermoformed plastic cups at high-speed
October 26, 2014

3D vision system inspects thermoformed plastic cups at high-speed

Vision Systems Design
Industrial Control's Thermochecker machine vision system uses a 3D smart sensor to inspect plastic cups at rates as high as 600 cups per minute on a dry offset printer from WIFAG-Polytype.

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Consider rapid new controller developments via adaptive process control
October 26, 2014

Consider rapid new controller developments via adaptive process control

Hydrocarbon Processing
By Mirco Calosi, et al
In this case study, the implementation team discusses how Eni’s Livorno refinery in Italy was able to use adaptive process control to start accruing benefits from two hydrotreater units just six weeks from the start of the project.

Measuring oxygen levels in offshore extracted natural gas
October 24, 2014

Measuring oxygen levels in offshore extracted natural gas

Instrumentation
Originally, Teekay had to send samples of gas from the Voyageur Spirit FPSO in the UK to their laboratory, but due to air contamination the results were masking the inherent oxygen level in the gas. To combat this issue, Teekay now use the EC92DIS portable oxygen analyser from Systech Illinois on board the Voyageur to measure the oxygen levels in the gas.

October 24, 2014

Industrial robot controls positioning and silicone application

Machine Building
Stretchline Holdings, a manufacturer of textile elastics, uses Kawasaki robots to accurately programme rotation speeds and positions for applying silicone on a garment which is placed onto a former on the robot’s wrist..

Indian OEM gets complete automation solution
October 24, 2014

Indian OEM gets complete automation solution

Packaging World
IMA-PG India recently incorporated a complete automation solution in its PG Express blister packing machine for pharmaceutical applications. Kollmorgen Automation Suite software was used, so PLC logic, HMI programming, motion control, and drive control are all integrated.

Emerson Wireless Steam Trap Monitors Increase Efficiency at Coffee Plant in Mexico
October 24, 2014

Emerson Wireless Steam Trap Monitors Increase Efficiency at Coffee Plant in Mexico

By David Gustafson, Emerson Process Management
It took only two weeks to install the first system, and already it’s saved $100,000 in maintenance costs and increased production by 5,000 tons per year.

Mipro relies on HIMA’s safety technology
October 23, 2014

Mipro relies on HIMA’s safety technology

Recognizing the value of certified products with long lifecycles, Finnish railway pioneer Mipro has relied on HIMA safety technology for more than 25 years.

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Managed SCADA System Advances Water Controls at Steel Mill
October 22, 2014

Managed SCADA System Advances Water Controls at Steel Mill

Pumps & Systems
Nucor’s SCADA system maintains the amount of steel-processing water in the Crawfordsville lagoon. The analog reading at the lagoon prompts automatic commands to turn well pumps on and off. The high lagoon level threshold is set at 7½ feet; the low level is 6 feet. The system controls the pumps based on these parameters.

PLC Upgrade Unlocks Testing Efficiency
October 22, 2014

PLC Upgrade Unlocks Testing Efficiency

Automation World
For air filter manufacturer K&N Engineering, a high number of simultaneous parallel processes taxed an older test system. A controls upgrade for the test stations doubled test-process efficiency.

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Advanticsys monitors wind and solar in Spain
October 22, 2014

Advanticsys monitors wind and solar in Spain

Kliux Energies in Spain selected Advanticsys’ remote monitoring technology to manage their renewable-energy generation facilities.

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Project Magnet extends the life of Whyalla Steelworks
October 21, 2014

Project Magnet extends the life of Whyalla Steelworks

What’s New in Process Technology
Project Magnet converted the Whyalla Steelworks to a magnetite iron ore feed. The project required a completely integrated control system, enabling visibility for any operator station across the pit-to-port operations. Rockwell Automation installed ControlLogix and FactoryTalk.

BMW implements automatic crack detection for pressed parts
October 21, 2014

BMW implements automatic crack detection for pressed parts

What’s New in Process Technology
At BMW in Munich, defective wheel housings were previously only recognised at the out feed of the press line. By implementing Sick Inspector I40 vision sensors, BMW now checks every component for cracks after the first drawing process in the lead press.

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Vision system boosts productivity, reduces costs at automobile assembly plant
October 21, 2014

Vision system boosts productivity, reduces costs at automobile assembly plant

Control Engineering
On a Chinese automobile assembly line, two machine vision cameras take images at 15 frames per second, to identify the type of vehicle part being moved, ensure that four robotic arms will grab the part in the correct locations, and increase productivity by six times.

Octapharma adds Track & Trace software at pharma plant
October 21, 2014

Octapharma adds Track & Trace software at pharma plant

Octapharma, a manufacturer of human protein products, is using the PAS-X Track & Trace Serialization Aggregation solution in Vienna.