Case Studies

Robert Herman is program manager - senior engineer, Avanceon. Courtesy: Avanceon
Case Studies 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
Case Studies 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
Case Studies 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
Case Studies 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.
Case Studies 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
Figure 1: The PlantFloor24 global operations center at Maverick Technologies uses best practices to work with manufacturers to remotely resolve issues and provide solutions to keep operations up and running 24/7/365. Courtesy: Maverick Technologies
Case Studies March 25, 2019

Managing remote monitoring

Remote management and monitoring applications help keep operations up and running. External remote management and monitoring teams provide specialized operational knowledge to help with automation and control system issues.

By Dawn Lewis and Evan Pederson
Figure 1: Global Controls Solutions LLC (GCS), a system integrator, helped achieve a food supplier’s goal of improved energy efficiency with an industrial Ethernet network, Profinet, to improve overall operational efficiency. One of the control panels for the refrigeration system is shown. Courtesy: Global Controls Solutions (GCS)
Case Studies February 2, 2019

Profinet network, control system upgrade helps reduce energy costs

A system integrator deployed a Profinet industrial Ethernet network and programmable logic controllers (PLCs) for a food supplier looking to expand its facility. The integrator used the Ethernet network to improve communications and optimize operational efficiency for $125,000 in annual energy savings.

By Nelly Ayllon Lazo
DTE Calvert City (DTECC) in Kentucky chose Cross Company to migrate the APACS DCS to a full Siemens PCS 7 system implementation. Courtesy: Siemens Industry Inc.
Case Studies January 30, 2019

Case study: DCS migration challenges and obstacles for process manufacturer

An industrial utility service company in Kentucky needed to upgrade and migrate its distributed control system (DCS), which came with a few challenges.

By Josh Dalzell
Case Studies August 21, 2017

Robots solve assembly line production challenges

Inside Machines: An electronics manufacturer with double-digit product rejection rates used a collaborative robot that was controlled and monitored in a cloud-connected system to handle soldering, drilling, silicone dispensing, and light assembly. This helped rejects fall to near zero and increased production efficiency almost fivefold.

By Brian Dillman
The steel industry is under increasing pressure to minimize running costs and one manufacturer in Brazil was able to repair two impellers through reverse engineering. Courtesy: Sulzer
Case Studies April 19, 2017

Reverse engineering reduced repair time, costs for steel manufacturer

A steel manufacturer that needed two impellers repaired found a solution through reverse engineering that was faster and more cost-effective.

By Rafael Ribeiro