As a local manufacturer, HMPS not only supplies machinery to Australia, but also exports to countries such as South Africa, Asia, the USA, Europe and New Zealand.
Hence, they select suppliers who are able to provide service globally and offer high availability on critical spare parts.
Having worked on previous projects with Rockwell Automation, HMPS knew that the Integrated Architecture® system would provide the best solution for this application.
CompactLogix™ uses a common control engine and integrates safety, motion, discrete and drive capabilities in the case packer system.
Advanced motion control is provided by Allen-Bradley® Kinetix® 5500 Servo Drives and PowerFlex® variable speed drives. Given the high speed packing requirements of the system, safety door switches and guarding was provided by Allen-Bradley industrial components.
In addition, the case packer system has integrated control, drives and safety capabilities via Ethernet using Stratix® 5700 Ethernet switches. PanelView™ Plus 7 provides high quality HMI for the system.
“The Rockwell Automation solution provides a completely integrated and reliable system for the case packer and also provides the framework for a smart machine for HMPS to leverage the Connected Enterprise,“ said Michael Vlahos OEM sales manager at Rockwell Automation.
Quick Changes, Easily Accommodated
“To future proof the machine, a degree of adjustment in the machine had to be considered. Due to the need for relative quick changes we have supplied a fully automated system,” comments Warren.
All the SKU’S or product range are listed on the main screen so the operator can go to see the core product and the machine will automatically resize at a touch of a button.
In this way, the machine can apply the resize down to just using the one operator. In addition, the machine won’t run until everything is in exactly the right position and all guards and doors are in the safe (closed) position.
Remote Trouble Shooting
“We have a modem in the machine that looks at running time and reliability factor. In this way we have a track record of parameters as part of the control system, how its been running, how long etc. We have the software which allows us to log in remotely” adds Booker.