5 Strategies to Ensure Integration in Packaging Line Automation

Posted by Admin on Jul 7, 2017 12:51:12 PM

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 In the world of packaging, it takes a wide array of machinery and systems, made by different original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), to successfully and efficiently produce goods. Many OEMs are only capable of supplying their piece of the puzzle, rather than fitting all of the pieces together. This leads to islands of automation with simplistic interlocking strategies and limited communication, ultimately preventing the line from a becoming a seamless operation.


Realize Enhanced Benefits Through Integration

Haskell employs industry experience to deliver reliable packaging and material handling automation solutions that offer increased functionality and capabilities. This approach ensures that OEM equipment is fully integrated into the line by incorporating additional layers of communication to improve overall line balance and maximize critical data interface to reporting systems. Additionally, we work closely with each client to understand their existing controls platform in order to design and integrate a system that will be familiar to the maintenance team, reduce spare parts costs, and ultimately improve overall performance. 


Whether working with an existing line or a new line, we follow a simple strategy: 

  1. Enforce client or Haskell controls standards with each OEM to develop a common controls platform.
  2. Use real world values such as product size, conveyor width, and maximum conveyor speed to control the system.
  3. Incorporate product recipes that make the system flexible and allow personnel without a controls background to securely maintain existing products and add products.
  4. Keep PLC logic simple and easy to follow.
  5. Present operators with the information they need on the HMI to understand their current status and avoid nuisance warnings and alarms that become a distraction.

All of these practices result in a reliable, flexible, easy to operate and maintain automation system that doesn’t require a full-time engineering service to support. If you are interested in bridging islands of automation on an existing or new line, contact Don Kocher via email, donald.kocher@haskell.com.


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Topics: Processing and Packaging, Manufacturing