Automation

Our activities in this area can be divided into several groups:

Design / development of new equipment

A given manufacturing process, during continuous improvement, is expanded by an operation or step that did not exist before that. This requires the acquisition / development of a tool to perform the operation. In such cases, we undertake the design and construction of the complete equipment, in the form of individual production.

Upgrading / expansion of existing equipment

A production device that works perfectly in a mechanical sense, it is often modernized. This means the replacement of the control electronics and the automation of the operation. The activity is covered by the names “UPGRADE” or “RETROFIT” in today’s terminology. This can mean upgrading a conventional milling / turning machine with CNC capabilities or even developing just a simple operation to work without human intervention.

We usually use self-developed control circuits (PLCs) to manage automation processes. In most cases, this is more cost-effective than using ready-made control systems, as only the necessary functions are implemented. In addition, custom-developed control usually allows existing hardware components (e.g., power circuit components) to be retained, thereby reducing costs during an upgrade / expansion. The controller, PID, etc. software components as well as the design of USER INTERFACE are also task specific. User interfaces vary depending on demand, we usually use different touch screen solutions in the 7-50” size-range. The control electronics are implemented with microprocessors with PIC and ARM architectures, using the “UI” Android device, or an industrial PC.

Establishment of a Production Management System (PMS) for a production unit (factory, plant)

An essential part of modern production processes is the application of central data collection and production management methods. This is closely related to QA & data collection activity (see there). The deployment of such systems requires lengthy, ever-changing software development that is closely aligned with manufacturing technologies. There is an everyday (online) connection between the customer and the design/construction partners so that the development of the system can be performed parallel with the continuous operation (with the shortest possible downtime). The task requires the participation of experienced and creative employees on the part of the customer, who formulate the customer’s needs in exact mathematical algorithms, thus enabling the implementation of the tasks in the form of software code.

An example of the TIR system set up in a HV Insulation plant. Detailed process and data analysis cannot be provided due to our duty of confidentiality. 

Is your production line in need of improvement? If any of the above-mentioned categories overlap to your plan, please contact us.

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