Pemco's ream wrappers are first U.S. application of Siemens' Simotion

Pemco Inc. (Sheboygan, WI) recently became the first paper-processing machine builder in the U.S. to specify Simotion machine-control technology from Siemens Energy & Automation. Pemco manufactures complete packaging lines for cut-sized paper, including kraft or polypropylene ream-wrapping machines.

06/01/2003


Pemco Inc. (Sheboygan, WI) recently became the first paper-processing machine builder in the U.S. to specify Simotion machine-control technology from Siemens Energy & Automation. Pemco manufactures complete packaging lines for cut-sized paper, including kraft or polypropylene ream-wrapping machines.

The company has installed the controller-based version of Simotion (C230-2) as well as the PC-based version (P350) into its Model 32 and Model 39 lines of ream-wrapping machinery. Model 32 handles registered or non-registered polypropylene clear film wrap, eliminating the need for conventional gluing. Model 39 is designed for high-speed processing, and can handle up to 150 reams of paper per minute.

Intended for machine builders needing high-level motion control in their automation systems, Simotion merges motion control, logic, and special control technologies into one group of products. Temperature control and pneumatic control are among additional functions integrated into the system.

Simotion has three basic elements. Its two software parts are an engineering system called Scout, which includes system configuration tools, project manager tools, and program editors, as well as a runtime system. Simotion's third part consists of multiple platform hardware, presently available in a controller-based version (Simotion C) and a PC-based version (Simotion P). A drive-based platform for decentralized control will follow later.

Siemens reports that Simotion greatly reduces the time and cost of developing machine controls by integrating various machine functions into PC, controller, or drive platforms. Scout engineering software configures all the platform versions.





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