Prior to our involvement, the filling machine which was in use was dated and at that time being controlled by pneumatic logic. Due to the age of the machine and the lack of documentation, fault finding had become more and more difficult. This is where Sinclairs got in contact with us at Flexi-Pak and discussed with ourselves the best possible avenue to go down in order to re build the complete control system for the machine. This included replacing all the pneumatic valves and the installation of a new control panel. The new panel was built with a Mitsubishi PLC which handled all the logical sequencing. An operator HMI was also used to input any setup data as well as being used for fault finding etc.
Gary Hodgson (Maintenance Manager) commented – “The planning process that Flexi-Pak followed, identified all the potential problems, found the right solutions and then delivered an on time, on cost project with trouble free commissioning and minimum machine down time”.
Paul Walshaw- (Senior CPO) stated “The old pneumatically controlled machine was out dated and slow. The decision to update the control with a new plc system has increased productivity and significantly reduced breakdown stoppages”