Can-Eng Furnaces uses Rockwell Architecture to save its customer programming time

  • July 30, 2007
  • Rockwell Automation
  • Rockwell Automation
  • News
MILWAUKEE, July 30, 2007 — A new heat-treating system from Can-Eng Furnaces uses Allen-Bradley ControlLogix programmable automation controllers (PACs) and Integrated Architecture Builder from Rockwell Automation to help its customer reduce programming and startup time, simplify training requirements and increase information sharing capabilities. B&W Heat Treating of Michigan uses the new heat-treating system to process automotive components, such as engine blocks and heads, in its Saginaw, Mich., facility. “We chose the ControlLogix controller because of its multi-disciplined control, versatility and exceptional information processing capabilities,” said Dan Michitsch, electrical product leader, Can-Eng Furnaces. “It allows B&W to handle everything it needs to do, including multiple PID loops and part-tracking capabilities.”The Allen-Bradley ControlLogix PAC is responsible for control of the furnace, conveyor panel and aging oven, and transfers information to and from the heat treating operation to a central server for information storage, archiving and retrieval. The controller also meets the customer’s needs for a system capable of providing traceability and easy access to information.“The Integrated Architecture Builder software provided an exact blueprint of how to design, program and set up the new system for B&W,” Michitsch said. “It assured us that ControlLogix could perform the speed and functional capabilities required of our system.”With the ControlLogix PAC, B&W was able to implement a system that includes complementary control, communication and visualization, resulting in horizontal and vertical plant-wide integration, increasing productivity, reducing labor costs and simplifying training. Can-Eng Furnaces also has reaped significant benefits from the use of the ControlLogix platform, including a 50 percent reduction of programming and system design time, and a 20 percent reduction of startup time.Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK) is a leading global provider of industrial automation power, control and information solutions that help manufacturers achieve a competitive advantage in their businesses. The company brings together leading global brands in industrial automation which include Allen-Bradley controls and services and Rockwell Software factory management software. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., the company employs about 19,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries. Learn More

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