Case Studies

Robert Herman is program manager - senior engineer, Avanceon. Courtesy: Avanceon
Case Studies October 8, 2019

Packaging automation integration advice from Avanceon

Case study questions and answers: Seven bakery lines converge in one packaging area that fills 20 cases per minute. Controllers needed replacing and programming, and the network needed updating. System integrators checked and tested code as they went so the project could be completed over a three-day weekend.

By Robert Herman
Packaging, conveying, printing, and palletizing were integrated with networking, controllers and human-machine interface in an eight-facility project. Hardware, software, and communications integrated with various local and enterprise resource planning solutions. Courtesy: Stone Technologies
Case Studies October 8, 2019

Packaging automation integration advice from Stone Technologies

Packaging, records, raw materials, were updated and integrated and automated across eight facilities.

By Robbie Kerfoot
After the male and female snaps have been inserted, the UR5 places the fabric under a vision camera lens for quality inspection and sorts it in either a “good” or “reject” pile. Courtesy: Universal Robots
Case Studies August 15, 2019

Do-it-yourself collaborative robotic project

Case study: Collaborative robots at a thermal wrap manufacturing company deliver a zero-defect rate while doubling production output. Installation, integration and use has been a do-it-yourself (DIY) project.

By Joe Campbell
Figure 2: The moving platen (yellow structure) is visible above the fixed lower bolster of the 2,430-ton Hoesch press. Courtesy: Delta Computer Systems Inc.
Case Studies August 12, 2019

Motion controller gives old presses new life

Case study: Retrofit controller on four hydraulic presses used a new programmable logic controller (PLC) to control the moving platen and the levelling cylinders would be controlled by a new electrohydraulic motion controller.

By Bruce Coons
Figure 1: The PlantFloor24 global operations center at Maverick Technologies uses best practices to work with manufacturers to remotely resolve issues and provide solutions to keep operations up and running 24/7/365. Courtesy: Maverick Technologies
Case Studies March 25, 2019

Managing remote monitoring

Remote management and monitoring applications help keep operations up and running. External remote management and monitoring teams provide specialized operational knowledge to help with automation and control system issues.

By Dawn Lewis and Evan Pederson
DTE Calvert City (DTECC) in Kentucky chose Cross Company to migrate the APACS DCS to a full Siemens PCS 7 system implementation. Courtesy: Siemens Industry Inc.
Case Studies January 30, 2019

Case study: DCS migration challenges and obstacles for process manufacturer

An industrial utility service company in Kentucky needed to upgrade and migrate its distributed control system (DCS), which came with a few challenges.

By Josh Dalzell
Case Studies April 22, 2014

Case study: Preventing surge in a medium-size process gas compressor

The following case study highlights a plant's struggle to prevent surge while using a four-impeller, 1.6 MW integrally geared centifugal gas compressor. The problem and three solutions are discussed.

By Amin Almasi
Case Studies December 20, 2013

Pre-configured software templates — are they effective?

Manufacturing Operations Management systems look to specific industry needs

By Mark Davidson
Case Studies November 18, 2013

A road map to reliability

How Premier Silica's Brady operation used evaluation to improve plant performance.

Case Studies August 7, 2012

Using 3D to deliver a new view of manufacturing

Chrysler expands use of technology to help deliver products faster, better.

By Chrysler Group LLC