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Select a case study that provides a window into industry solutions for automation, process control and project management. The studies include information about objectives, strategies, challenges, results and suggestions.

Upgrading Educational Facility with Current PLC Technology: CASE STUDY

Educational FacilityThe community college has a strong sense of pride when it comes to staying on top of current market trends and being able to offer the classes which meet those needed requirements in the workplace. Recently one of the campuses, realized that their PLC Lab offering was not as current as they needed it to be. Local businesses were asking them to train maintenance staff in the latest industry standards for automation that they were unable to provide. In response to these requests, the community college began researching Industry Standards as they pertained to automation to gain a firm understanding of what product platforms would best fit their customer’s needs.... {Read More}

Linear Motion In-Mold Labeling: CASE STUDY

Posted on Wednesday Nov 23, 2016

Inline-Molded ProductsA leader in glass and plastics machinery manufacturing. A design and build machine shop that develops automated solutions for molders. They are heavily involved in the blow mold plastics industry for packaging and large part commercial applications. They produce custom-tooled solutions including plastic bottle trimmers and in-mold labeling machines. Their material handling systems feature automated and robotic solutions that transfer and package products.... {Read More}

ENERY CONSUMPTION REPORTING SOLUTION: CASE STUDY

Posted on Friday Aug 19, 2016 | energy-savings, sub-metering, utility-costs,

Tire Manufacturer A leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals. They supply industries and consumers worldwide with innovative products and are passionate about developing sustainable answers for customers. They are consistently ranked as one of the leaders in the area of sustainability. With operations in more than 80 countries, our 50,000 people around the world are committed to delivering leading products and technologies to meet the growing demands of our changing world.... {Read More}

TIRE MANUFACTURER PROXIMITY SENSOR FAILURE DURING CURING PROCESS

Posted on Tuesday Jun 21, 2016 | curing, proximity, sensors, switches, tire,

Tire ManufacturerWe studied the application and developed a bracket that would hold a flush mounted proximity sensor. We teamed up with a metal fabricator and provided our customer with a proximity and bracket assembly that can be installed in less than 10 minutes. This has resolved the mechanical failures. The new bracket design included the Allen-Bradley 871T which is a stainless steel sensor. The design of the bracket and stainless steel material of the sensor, helps to protect the sensor from the harsh environment of tire manufacturing. Additionally, the new bracket ensures that there are no alignment issues in the curing process reducing downtime.... {Read More}

Food Manufacturing LOTO Program

Posted on Friday Jun 17, 2016

LOTO ProgramThe food manufacturer was looking to develop a safety program that was compliant with state and federal safety regulations and guidelines. Their existing program was text based which required individual incidents to be printed when an activity required a Lockout procedure. The procedures were out dated and causing daily extended shut downs so that routine maintenance could be performed. This was causing production to be slowed and employees to circumvent the program which ultimately resulted in a work related injury.... {Read More}

HELPING PROTECT WATER QUALITY BY REPLACING OBSOLETE CONTROL SYSTEMS

Posted on Tuesday Jun 09, 2015 | controls, plantpax, process, waste, water,

Waste Water Controls A major U.S. city’s water treatment facility needed to standardize, integrate and upgrade their control system while controlling capital expenditures and manage system life cycles. The issues the city faced were that all of the sewer overflow basins’ process control systems were dissimilar and the original manufacturer no longer provided support. By using the Rockwell Automation PlantPAx™ process automation system, we were able to achieve our customer’s objectives and help protect the city’s water quality.... {Read More}