Case Studies

Courtesy: Beckhoff
Case Study May 4, 2021

Connected distribution center takes control of intralogistics challenges

Cover Story: A connected distribution center boosts device connectivity and networking capabilities with PC control and EtherCAT while cutting controller hardware costs by 50%.

By James Figy
Courtesy: Siemens
Case Study March 16, 2021

Circuit breaker promotes automotive-plant energy efficiency

Communications and power metering capabilities built in

By Jim Sirois
Courtesy: Beckhoff
Case Study 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
Case Study 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
Case Study 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
Case Study 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
Case Study 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
Case Study 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 Study 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