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Case Study: Packaging Line Stretch Wrappers

A large, packaged food manufacturer requested the construction of a conveyor line in their plant.  Referred to internally as a greenfield project, it entailed the installation of new shrink wrappers and palletizing equipment.  The existing configuration in the plant had four stretch wrappers and four palletizers being shared by 15 packaging lines and the company wanted a dedicated stretch wrapper and palletizer for each packaging line. ECS was responsible for the controls on the entire system, as well as establishing communications with the stretch wrappers and the palletizers. The bulk of the work was the transfer of the pallets either down the line, or into the line and onto two different areas where they could be picked up by trucks.  Phase 1 of the two-phase project had eight pickup stations and the additional four stations were installed in Phase 2.  This required 73 conveyor sections- each section being about if a pallet and each section, as well as the turntables in the system were driven by an Allen-Bradley ArmorStart VFD (variable frequency drive).  In total there were 84 ArmorStart VFD’s on the whole system.

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5 Reasons Why Ignition is the Future of the Food & Beverage Industry

*Thank you to Inductive Automation for including us in this important piece!

In today’s world, automation is a necessity for all manufacturers. Food and beverage manufacturers in particular face a variety of challenges that make an investment in automation and supervisory control essential to remaining competitive. The market changes abruptly and often: recipes need to be reformulated to accommodate diet trends, the constant demand for innovative packaging to attract new customers, and seasonal variance of production requirements are all factors that must be considered.

Beyond FDA and FSMA regulations, manufacturers must also take into account classification and segregation of allergens during formulation and equipment cleaning, a process that mirrors requirements in the pharmaceutical industry. “The way we’ve been doing things for a long time is based on our pharmaceutical experience and seeing how food and pharmaceutical are kind of like coming closer and closer. In terms of the automation solution, it will look the same to us. It doesn’t matter if it’s food or if it’s medicine,” said John Parraga of ECS Solutions. Simply put, insufficient interoperability can endanger both public health and an organization’s bottom line.

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Strong Collaboration & Swift Implementation (Episodio en Español)

El presidente de ECS Solutions, Tim Matheny junto con Brad Logsdon, analista de negocios de Swedish Match se juntaron con Travis Cox el Codirector de ventas de ingeniería de Inductive Automation para una entrevista acerca del proceso de la implementación de Ignition para el análisis de sus negocios.

En este video, John Parraga nos resume en Español el contenido de esa reunión que explica como Swedish Match de Norte América llegó a utilizar la plataforma de Ignition para resolver problemas de negocios reales, y como el departamento de informática lideró la inversión inicial en su facilidad de Owensboro Kentucky.

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Bardstown Bourbon Company Case Study

The Challenge

Bardstown Bourbon Company (BBC) is a Bourbon Distillery located in Bardstown Kentucky. Utilizing two mash cookers, 32 fermenters, two distillation stills, and nine cistern holding tanks, BBC produces a wide variety of high-quality whiskeys and bourbons. (more…)

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