Scope of Project
COMPANY: A LARGE INTERNATIONAL FOOD COMPANY
OUR ROLE: DESIGN & IMPLEMENT A SUPERVISORY LINE CONTROL SYSTEM UTILIZING THE PACKML MODEL
Spiroflow Automation was awarded a contract to implement supervisory control on a frozen meal food manufacturing line in the United States. Approximately 50% of the existing equipment remained & the balance was replaced with new equipment sections. All equipment PLC processors were updated with the PackML communication standard, providing commonality among all equipment modules & effective communication to a supervisory PLC for line section control & data acquisition. The designed system architecture resulted in a networking strategy, which reduced the number of discrete communication networks from 4 to 2, resulting in $70,000+ networking hardware cost savings for the customer. SASI coordinated with all equipment suppliers to implement the PackML layer into their respective PLC programs, resulting in a near vertical control system commissioning.
*PackML is a standard for machine automation developed by The Organization for Machine Automation & Control (OMAC)
Customer Realized Benefits
Expedited Change Over: SMED
• Improved changeover time from 1.5 hours on average to 0.5 hours or less.
Equipment Status Dashboard
• Centralized christmas tree status board for fast diagnosis of equipment problems.
• Real Time Operating Equipment Efficiency dashboard
MES Ready: Data & code ready for synchronization between Production, Performance & Enterprise Management systems:
• Recipe Management
• Inventory Management
• Equipment Utilization
• Process Data Historian