Extreme Manufacturing Makeover: Motor Plant Upgrades Without Halting Production
Benefits of $35 million project include a 90% energy reduction, reduced inventory, streamlined operation, and direct HMI control. Redesigned workflow was key to upgrading without stopping production.
Retrofits can keep a manufacturing plant up to date regardless of its age. A recent four-year makeover converted a manufacturing plant that opened in 1897 into a state-of-the-art facility.
A $35 million expansion project was the latest of many for a vintage manufacturing facility in Norwood, Ohio. It's undergone many changes and survived wars and economic collapses in the decades since George Bullock laid the cornerstone for the Bullock Electric Manufacturing Co. back when Grover Cleveland was president... Read more
Boosting Food Safety Through a Strategic Plan Leveraging Automation
Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), RFID and 2D bar codes can work with plant floor control systems for hazard analysis critical control points (HACCP).
The impact of food and drink recalls in the U.S. is huge, both for those who ingest contaminated products and for the companies that make them. The number of food and beverage recalls more than doubled from 2006 to 2008, soaring from 240 to 565.
The impact of these recalls is enormous. Millions of Americans get sick from contaminated food or drinks every year. More than 300,000 are hospitalized and 5,000 of them die, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Controls.
The impact on corporations is potentially devastating. The average recall costs $10 million, some cost as much as $100 million, delivering a significant blow to the company's income... Read more
Case study: Circuit Board Maker Upgrades Five Machine Controls over a Holiday Weekend
Gorilla Circuits outgrows 13-year-old “black box” controllers, installs state-of-the-art controllers that it can support in-house. Integrator re-writes software vs. translating code line by line.
As Gorilla Circuits Inc. built its printed circuit board fabrication business over the past four decades, it acquired production equipment from a number of suppliers. When control systems purchased in 1998 started to suffer from reliability and lack of support, the company decided to upgrade its hardware.
Downtime is never an appealing portion of upgrades, and it's particularly loathsome in the highly competitive circuit board market. That's why Gorilla decided to use a four-day holiday weekend to upgrade five etching machines in its 60,000 square foot facility in San Jose, California... Read more
Video Tutorial: Siemens SIMATIC Diagnostics Saves Maintenance and Troubleshooting Costs
Traditional automation system diagnostics often don't provide enough information for fast and easy maintenance
Learn how Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) can eliminate time consuming and costly maintenance through improved diagnostics on your automation system. This graphical animation video will highlight several advantages for reducing time and cost when configuring SIMATIC diagnostics during the design of an automation system and how improved diagnostics enables quicker maintenance... View now