Manufacturer Significantly Reduces Downtime with Mitsubishi Electric PLCs

  • November 01, 2021
  • Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc.
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Manufacturer Significantly Reduces Downtime with Mitsubishi Electric PLCs
Manufacturer Significantly Reduces Downtime with Mitsubishi Electric PLCs

The company upgraded its process control system without any interference to planned production across three plants in three cities.

A new customer case study from Mitsubishi Electric is now available, highlighting the experience of a leading semi-trailer manufacturer that wanted to replace a PC-based control system with a programmable logic controller (PLC) system.

The manufacturer’s legacy control system had begun to fail too often, leading to costly downtime and the need for a number of manual repair tasks and paperwork. In addition, the person who had developed the PC-based system was no longer with the company and no one else knew how to maintain it.

Ready to upgrade to a more modern PLC system, the manufacturer relied on its longtime Mitsubishi Electric distributor, Tri-Phase Automation. The distributor brought in ACS, a “hands-on to hand-over” systems integrator, who engineered the main Mitsubishi Electric PLC systems, as well as the Manufacturing Execution System (MES) PLC system, to the manufacturer’s unique needs.

The new Mitsubishi Electric PLC systems not only delivered more advanced automation, but also resulted in a faster, more powerful and user-friendly database; ensured HMI functionality identical to the previous system to make the transition as seamless as possible; and integrated controls with existing instrumentation and mechanical systems.

With Mitsubishi Electric PLCs, the manufacturer greatly reduced unexpected downtime and eliminated many manual tasks and paperwork, which were vulnerable to human error. The system also automated data capture with a built-in barcode scanner to boost productivity.

ACS reports, “The new control systems have been problem-free and doing exactly what they wanted it to do. Their top-of-the-line Mitsubishi Electric PLCs are known for industry-leading reliability and uptime and have performed as expected, delivering consistent product quality and data capture across all three plants.”

To learn more, read the complete case study.
 

About Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc.

Headquartered in Vernon Hills, Ill., Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc. is a U.S. affiliate company of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation. It offers a broad product portfolio including programmable automation controllers (PAC), programmable logic controllers (PLC), human machine interfaces (HMI), variable frequency drives (VFD), servo amplifiers and motors, control software, computerized numerical controllers (CNC), motion controllers, robots, low-voltage power distribution products, and industrial sewing machines for the industrial and commercial sectors. Additional information about Mitsubishi Electric Automation is available here About Mitsubishi Electric Corporation With 100 years of experience in providing reliable, high-quality products, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6503) is a recognized world leader in the manufacture, marketing and sales of electrical and electronic equipment used in information processing and communications, space development and satellite communications, consumer electronics, industrial technology, energy, transportation and building equipment.

Mitsubishi Electric enriches society with technology in the spirit of its “Changes for the Better.” The company recorded a revenue of 4,191.4 billion yen (U.S.$ 37.8 billion*) in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021. *U.S. dollar amounts are translated from yen at the rate of ¥111=U.S.$1, the approximate rate on the Tokyo Foreign Exchange Market on March 31, 2021. About Mitsubishi Electric Factory Automation Business Group Offering a vast range of automation and processing technologies, including controllers, drive products, power distribution and control products, electrical discharge machines, electron beam machines, laser processing machines, computerized numerical controllers, and industrial robots, Mitsubishi Electric helps bring higher productivity–and quality–to the factory floor.


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