Case Study: Case Conveyor


 MAKING A CASE FOR CASE CONVEYOR MODERNIZATION

 

 A food processing facility was experiencing increased demand that it’s case conveyor system could no longer handle. Additional conveyors and palletizers were needed to handle their increased production. Onyx was selected to integrate the new case conveyors, pallet conveyors and palletizers into their facility and improve their overall experience.



 


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The Problem

The existing control system had limited capability to palletize the various product lines they are now producing. To change paths the operator needed to manually move diverters. The system had little visibility into the status of diverters and conveyors. This resulted in having a greater possibility of down time, and relying more on hand piling of cases.

The Solution

Onyx Engineering provided electrical design and controls programming for new conveyors connecting 6 existing production lines to 4 new palletizers with a faster wrapping and stacking station. Onyx provided new HMI displays for all new conveyor lines, as well as displaying existing systems, giving options for path selections and where to run production.

The Results

The Control System upgrade provided multiple path selections in the event of issues with equipment, as well as improved the efficiency of production as new palletizers and wrapping/stacking equipment were able to meet production demands.

Project Details


 

            ROI                            

About 5 months

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

 

          Team                        

Client: 1 Project Manager 

Onyx: 1 Project Manager 

       2 Controls Engineers

 

                   


 

Services Provided

Control engineering and design

Control panel fabrication

PLC/HMI programming 

O & M and AutoCAD documentation 

Start-up and commissioning 

 

         


 

Technology
Used

Allen-Bradley ControlLogix PLC

Allen-Bradley Studio 5000

EtherNet/IP

Rockwell FactoryTalkView SE

Dell Thin Client