Fiberglass manufacture line automation
Applied Manufacturing Technologies was engaged on a project to upgrade an existing Rockwell Automation Allen-Bradley PLC-5 to ControlLogix platform and implement a new product tracking system utilizing carrier barcode and product packing label generation in handshake with an ERP system. In addition, a sophisticated lift assist with product weight capability was implemented as a prototype study for future data analytics of fiber production to ERP. The product in this application is a composite fiberglass roll which is a raw material for many end products. At the time, AMT had already implemented packaging robotic cells in the final shipping line area for this customer. This project was the upgrade/retrofit and to establish a failsafe process for manual product packaging operator lines.
- PLC Upgrade Challenge - Minimize Downtime
- Product Tracking Challenge - Increase Reliability
- Lift Assist Challenge - Future Automation Opportunity