PROJECTS

Water Pump Project

In order to supply a remote, elevated region with water in Waterford, a water reservoir is installed and filled by a pump in the valley. The pump will be switched on and off, depending on the filling level of the water reservoir.This project can be seen working in Ireland.

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

  • The pump is switched on when the water reservoir is nearly empty.
  • The pump operates on a time controlled switch or will automatically stop when the reservoir is full.
  • The operator is able to read the filling level of the water reservoir at any time via remote access.
A LOGO! 8 controller and a LOGO! CMR communication module are installed both in the valley as well as on the mountain. With the aid of LOGO! CMR both controllers can communicate with each other via SMS.The filling level of the water reservoir is monitored via four commercially available floats.

Mountain station requests water
A low filling level is detected by means of the bottom float. The mountain station sends an SMS to the valley station and requests water. A pump is controlled with the help of a contactor via an output of the LOGO! in the valley station and water is pumped to the mountain station. When the specified time is up, the pump switches off automatically. The valley station acknowledges the request via SMS.
If the valley station does not respond within a certain time, the mountain station sends a second SMS. If there is also no response to the second text message, an error is output and the operator is informed via SMS.

Mountain station requests the pump to be switched off
If the top float detects that the water reservoir is full, the mountain station sends an SMS to the valley station to switch off the pump. The pump is then switched off by the valley station before the fixed time is up. The valley station acknowledges the request via SMS.
If the valley station does not respond within a certain time, the mountain station sends a second SMS. If there is also no response to the second text message, an error is output and the operator is informed via SMS.

Operator requests the filling level
The operator requests the filling level of the water reservoir via SMS. The mountain station replies with the current filling level via SMS.

Pressure controlled Pumps for Local Authority in the South of Ireland

A water supply system is required to give maximum availability, to ensure this, several pumps are cascaded. To cover variable water demand flexibly and at the same time cost-effectively, the obvious choice is a combination of variable and fixed-speed drives. While the fixed-speed pumps cater for the basic load, one pump regulates the variable peak demand.
As well as the automatic mode described above, it must also be possible to operate each pump manually.Intelligent combination of SINAMICS G120P variable-speed frequency inverter with SIRIUS 3RW40 soft starters using energy-efficient low-voltage motors operated at fixed speed enables energy savings of up to 65%.

The motors used are the high-efficiency IE3 which reduce energy costs and protect the environment.

Plant availability

  • Reduction in water hammer thanks to controlled start-up and power-down.
  • Longer runtimes of the motors and pumps through gentle operation.
  • If a pump fails, redundancy is provided in the pump system by switching, and high security of the supply is thus guaranteed

Recent Controls Upgrade Of Leistritz Extruder

Extruder
The original controller was replaced with an S7 1200 PLC and TP 1200 touchscreen panel.It was programmed with a SIEMENS TIA portal using temperature control PID blocks to control heating and cooling of the extruder barrell.
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Leistritz Extruder TP 1200 touchscreen HMI
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We replaced the DC drive on the main motor with a SIEMENS DC Master and retrofitted AC Drives and motors onto the feeders and the die faced cutter.

The Unit was programmed and commissioned in accordance with customer specifications.

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Thurne Bacon Slicer Upgrade

Bacon Slicer
We recently upgraded a Thurne Bacon Slicer because of reliability issues, these were mainly due to an outdated PLC and HMI. The original PLC and HMI were replaced with a SIEMENS S7-1500 PLC and HMI.
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We collected the machine and at our workshop and stripped it down. The relevant automation and control hardware was replaced with Siemens equivalent. We also upgraded the control wiring. Once completed we tested the machine in our workshop including the weighing system with actual product. The machine was then returned to site and commissioned in a production environment.

Stork Contiweb Splicer Upgrade

Splicer
The microprocessor controller and DC Drives were replaced wtih SIEMENS S7 1200 PLC combined with the Sinamic G120 Drive and KTP Touchscreen HMI.
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One of the VSD's was set up in a speed control loop to give precise speed control when unwinding the paper roll.

The second drive was set up in a standstill torque control configuration. This enables us to keep a constant tension on the paper feed regardless of the speed of the outfeed.

The touchscreen HMI offers increased diagnostics and allows more efficient fault finding.

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The machine was put through a full test sequence during the commissioning phase which identified a number of electrical and mechanical issues which had previously gone unnoticed.

Once these issues were resolved the performance of the splicer was greatly improved.