From the beginning, Guissona decided to implement the PlantPAx process control solution from Rockwell Automation, which provides high availability, ease of device integration and asset management, batch and sequencing control and improved design and operations productivity.
Through the use of the PlantPAx™ system, Guissona saw improvements in three areas: production management, materials inventory and historical data. According to the Automation Manager of the Animal Feed Department, “The first area of improvement was in production management. The new MES application was designed to create production batches from order information from the ERP system and automatically send it to the batch manager.” He further stated, “We also decided to improve the performance of our production process to allow us to focus on our materials inventory and provide us with real-time information on stock levels, location and availability. We also generated a batch, consumption and traceability reporting system based on the historical data furnished to us. We accomplished this through the PlantPAx system and its batch software”.
The new process control system, together with the MES application, allow Guissona to monitor the 153 equipment phases established for the plant. In addition, the PlantPAx system was easily integrated to 140 variable-frequency drives, several soft motor starters and 16 weighing systems, each of which includes five scales that assist the variable-frequency drives in controlling the different dosage regimens to be administered to each plant.