At one of our customers we have replaced the mechanical axis control by a PLC with an HMI panel in combination with an encoder. This has made adjusting the machine much easier and flexible. Where in the past the cams on the axis had to be adjusted one by one, this can now be easily done via the HMI panel. The machine now also provides more information to the operator.
For various customers in the wallpaper industry we have successfully replaced our old controls based on microcontrollers with new controls based on PLCs. Through good preparation and thorough testing in-house, practically all upgrades could be carried out within several days with a minimum standstill of the installation as a consequence.
We have replaced the outdated controls of a window frame production line with a modern solution. The old, no longer available, microcontrollers have been replaced by modern PLCs from Beckhoff and the old Beckhoff PC has been replaced with a new one. Through the application of modern hardware the old and slow serial communication protocol could also be replaced by a much faster Ethernet solution. This has made the machine a lot more reliable and flexible and it is now also possible to again obtain spare parts.