By Rockwell Automation
King's Hawaiian had reached capacity at its California factory and bakery. Bachelor Controls created an architecture that got new equipment up and running in 10 months, while laying the groundwork for information gathering and sharing throughout the enterprise.
By Kepware Technologies
Repete implemented Kepware’s KEPServerEX communications platform to address the diverse protocol environments of its growing international customer base.
By Dave Hellyer
The Usiminas plant in Brazil, had been managing an energy system application developed with older HMI software that was no longer supported by the developer. They replaced it with HMI software from Tatsoft.
By Jaime A. Alba, et al
The water reclamation plant at Prince William County Service Authority in Virginia needed to expand and upgrade its nutrient removal capabilities, control system and SCADA system. The final system has about 5,000 I/O points, 25 PLCs, HMI, and a historian interfaced with reporting software that integrates the SCADA and laboratory databases.
Using an automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS) and Savanna.NET warehousing software, the facility stores 24,750 pallets and is equipped for pallet storage up to 10 pallets deep.
Teledyne DALSA’s GEVA1000 vision system, with two Genie high-resolution 2MB 1600x1200 cameras, completes two distinct inspections of each vehicle part: first to identify the type of part and second to assess the part to ensure accurate positioning of the robotic arms that will lift and move it into production.
Ripon Cogeneration replacied its obsolete distributed control system (DCS) with the PlantPAx process automation system from Rockwell Automation.
Molex plant floors consist of hundreds of different machines from a variety of vendors, with each speaking its own language or “protocol.” An OPC server connected them all.
By Georgia Whalen, Patti Engineering
Patti used Phoenix Contact PCs to automate high speed inline checkweighers on a parcel sortation system for Fives Intralogistics.
Cytonome produces cell purification systems and needed to achieve bi-directional seamless communications among engineering, manufacturing and purchasing. PLM software helped.
By Melissa Tompkins and Manuel Keldenich, Siemens
TOTAL, Paris, is relying on an immersive training simulator (ITS) for operators at two FPSO projects off the coast of Angola, Africa. The simulator provides an accurate 3D immersive environment where a worker can visualize tasks to perform as well as assess and rehearse ways to conduct certain workflows that involve any number of scenarios.
Vision Systems Design
Gefra developed a multi-camera inspection system to inspect automotive cup screws at rates as high as 500 parts per minute. One of the biggest challenges in designing the system was to simultaneously control all twelve cameras in the system using a single PC.
Egemin Automation will update controls or install completely new PLC-based control systems for pumping stations along Belgian rivers and canals.
South African Instrumentation and Control
Building automation from Beckhoff, with over 100 embedded PCs networked by BACnet, is largely responsible for the ability to configure the complex building operation with maximum comfort for the hotel and event guests.
Control Engineering Europe
Emerson Powerdrive MD2 variable speed drives help regulate the energy consumption of a central fume aspiration system within an industrial foundry at Zanardi Fonderie in Italy.
Process and Control Today
Smurfit Kappa produces cardboard materials such as shelf ready packaging, trays and bottle carriers. It hopes to save £60,000 on energy costs following the installation of ABB variable-speed drives (VSDs) on its shredder fans.
Process & Control
Plad Equipment uses ABB's AC500 PLC to produce application-specific pump systems for boosting water pressure in high-rise buildings.
Fike’s camera-based SigniFire detection system at Arnot Power Station in South Africa can visually detect the presence of flames within the field of view of the camera, reflected fire light when flames are obstructed, and the presence of pluming smoke clouds and ambient smoke.
RM Group’s mobile packaging plant uses ABB’s IRB 6640 and IRB 460 robots as part of a system designed to provide customers with a versatile, efficient and easily transportable way of bagging products at source.
Roeslein & Associates in St. Louis uses Roxtec cable sealing systems in ArmorStart distributed motor controllers to help meet the need for more cables to bring in 3-phase and control voltage for new installations.