Case Studies

Courtesy: Beckhoff
Industrial PCs February 8, 2021

PC-based control boosts sterile sampling bag production

Labplas redesigns custom production machines with EtherCAT, robotics and AI for quality control, ensuring ROI of less than one year on all upgrades, for 15 to 35% machine productivity increases.

By James Figy
Courtesy: L&T Electrical & Automation
Commissioning December 15, 2020

Case study: Commissioning a solar power plant

Commissioning an integrated security system for solar power plant in Saudi Arabia was successful despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Amit Garsund
Courtesy: CKF Systems
Robotics November 24, 2020

How robots package eggs

Robot palletizer safely packs fresh eggs, increases throughput and reduces costs

By Jennifer Halliday
Food packaging processes can include accurate label inspection, although this label here isn’t the application described. Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering, CFE Media and Technology
System Integration October 1, 2020

Automation helps packaging verification

Machine vision and code readers verify packing label quality. As with many machine vision applications proper set-up and fixturing are needed in this packaging automation system integration project.

By Don McLeod
Figure 4: The project team worked simultaneously on the organizational/structure and the technical/infrastructure tracks to achieve project goals. Courtesy: CDM Smith
Automation, Controls April 23, 2020

Case study: Water filtration plant automation

The team had a large-scale automation project goal of integrating 121 water filtration plants

By David Ubert and Francisco Alcala
Robert Herman is program manager - senior engineer, Avanceon. Courtesy: Avanceon
System Integrators October 8, 2019

Packaging automation integration advice from Avanceon

Case study questions and answers: Seven bakery lines converge in one packaging area that fills 20 cases per minute. Controllers needed replacing and programming, and the network needed updating. System integrators checked and tested code as they went so the project could be completed over a three-day weekend.

By Robert Herman
Packaging, conveying, printing, and palletizing were integrated with networking, controllers and human-machine interface in an eight-facility project. Hardware, software, and communications integrated with various local and enterprise resource planning solutions. Courtesy: Stone Technologies
System Integrators October 8, 2019

Packaging automation integration advice from Stone Technologies

Packaging, records, raw materials, were updated and integrated and automated across eight facilities.

By Robbie Kerfoot
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 September 14, 2019

Industry 4.0, automation advance smelter technology

Inside Process: Industry 4.0, robotics and other automation technologies are helping Sohar Aluminium advance its competitiveness among aluminum smelting companies.

By Dana Geadah
After the male and female snaps have been inserted, the UR5 places the fabric under a vision camera lens for quality inspection and sorts it in either a “good” or “reject” pile. Courtesy: Universal Robots
Robotics August 15, 2019

Do-it-yourself collaborative robotic project

Case study: Collaborative robots at a thermal wrap manufacturing company deliver a zero-defect rate while doubling production output. Installation, integration and use has been a do-it-yourself (DIY) project.

By Joe Campbell
Figure 2: The moving platen (yellow structure) is visible above the fixed lower bolster of the 2,430-ton Hoesch press. Courtesy: Delta Computer Systems Inc.
CNC Motion Control August 12, 2019

Motion controller gives old presses new life

Case study: Retrofit controller on four hydraulic presses used a new programmable logic controller (PLC) to control the moving platen and the levelling cylinders would be controlled by a new electrohydraulic motion controller.

By Bruce Coons