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Retrofit of a Servo Controller for the Food Industry

Retrofit of a Servo Controller for the Food IndustryA food industry client turned to us to upgrade a servo control system. This client, in the fruit irradiation industry, could not tolerate a lengthy upgrade process, so this project needed to be completed in a timely manner. We were able to retrofit their system by replacing an obsolete Allen Bradley 1394 servo controller with an Allen Bradley Kinetix 6000 servo control system. With this retrofit the client realized an increase in material flow using motion control.

The new AB Kinetix 6000 servo control and axes module was integrated into the existing system that also included a Pilz safety PLC system. The new system also included an AB ControlLogix PLC and associated inputs/outputs. This system collected conveyor speeds, torque, current, and product positioning with a speed range of 0.5 - 20 FPM. We produced a system with tightest tolerances to .01 FPM.

This project required us to pre-build the replacement servo controls onto a subpanel, then install the unit in the facility within 6 weeks. If you would like to learn more about this retrofit project, please see the table below or feel free to contact us.

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Highlights of this Retrofit of a Servo Controller Project

Capabilities Applied/Processes Efficient Material Flow using Motion Control
Intended Application Irradiated Food Products
Programming Environments/Languages PLC Ladder Logic
GML
System Upgraded From 1394 Servo Control
Type of Data Collected
Conveyor Speeds
Torque
Current
Product Positioning
I/O Interface
Discrete
SERCOS
Data Highway
Ethernet
Tightest Tolerance .01 FPM
Speed Range 0.5 - 20 FPM
Equipment Used AB Kinetix 6000 Servo Control and Axes Module
AB ControlLogix PLC
Associated I/O
Special Feature Servo Program moved from Servo Controller to PLC
Industry for Use Food
Delivery Time 6 weeks
Delivery Location Hilo, Hawaii
Standards Met GMP

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