Founded in 1990 by two pairs of brothers who still lead the executive management, COMAC Group is a global leader in the design and manufacture of keg and bottling machines for bottles, cans, kegs and beverage containers.
In its 8,000m2 production facility, located in Bonate Sotto just near Bergamo, Italy, systems are designed, manufactured and tested before being supplied to customers all over the world, from Australia to the U.S.
Over the years, the deep understanding of market needs has driven the company’s continuous product innovation and has led to the development of high-speed automatic keg lines and electronic filling machines for bottles.
Aiming for higher precision and quality standards, the company chose to create a beer kegging plant featuring a control system completely based on the EtherNet/IP™ communication protocol. The success of this project paves the way for all other plant standardisation. Due to its standard approach, this new technology not only allows integration between the control and automation architecture with the on-board instrumentation, but also the integration of the plant into the corporate network to the highest level of decision making.
Such an innovative project required the collaboration of COMAC Group with Rockwell Automation, the control and automation systems supplier, and Endress+Hauser for its process instrumentation.
The main objectives were to speed up the communication network, make it more secure and flexible and at the same time, gain real-time visibility over the whole process. EtherNet/IP meets this objective, being a much more powerful protocol in terms of flexibility and ease of implementation, and allows control of various disciplines, such as motion, control, process and safety just using a single network.
This technology allows COMAC Group to streamline its fieldbus infrastructure. It can gain the maximum benefit from the integration of the control architecture, built on Rockwell Automation components, which are already EtherNet/IP enabled, with the Endress+Hauser measuring devices. This makes information available directly from the field through a single communications infrastructure.