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ECS Partnered with Southwest Baking on a Batch System Upgrade

Southwest Baking collaborated with ECS Solutions Inc., a Recognized System Integrator in the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork™ program, to help design and implement a replacement for the limited legacy system.

After assessing a number of vendors, Southwest Baking and ECS Solutions chose to standardize on a flexible batch recipe management system using FactoryTalk® Batch software from Rockwell Automation (Figure 1). The company upgraded its control system to Allen-Bradley® ControlLogix®controllers with an advanced HMI interface and process historian.

Southwest Baking wanted a reliable system with local support to help increase batch consistency across the facility. The company not only achieved this goal but exceeded it.

Since implementing the new batch solution, Southwest Baking increased production by 5% — approximately 10 lb. of dough per minute and an additional 400,000 cases of bread per year.

In addition, the company reduced its cycle time by more than 20%, meaning it can run more batches in the same time frame. Additionally, Southwest Baking has reduced downtime from an average of one hour of downtime per event to a couple of minutes of downtime per event.

Read more about this system upgrade and contact ECS when you’re ready to increase downtime and maximize production.


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