New control system on a film line cuts time, saves money

18-Dec-08
The installation of a new Integrator™ C control system from Davis-Standard, a manufacturer of extruders and extrusion processing equipment, has economically improved film processing for B. Braun's Plastics Business Unit in Irvine, California. B. Braun, a global supplier of healthcare products, installed the Integrator on a 25-year-old film line to replace an outdated CMR control unit. B. Braun has realized greater efficiencies through the Integrator's digital format, significantly improving line performance and reducing downtime by enabling early diagnosis of potential issues. The Integrator replaced B. Braun's existing CMR supervisory control unit and offers several options to accommodate system requirements and budget parameters for these older supervisory systems. The new single-point Integrator provides the functionality of the CMR with additional features including recipe management, historical data trending and alarms. It also features a new PLC drive interface, improved temperature controls and enhanced gauge control based on the age of the existing gauge system. "With the Integrator, we solved performance issues while saving time and money. We kept our downtime to a minimum and were able to boost the line's performance for the price of a control unit," said John Taylor, Manufacturing Manager, B. Braun Plastics Business Unit, Irvine.
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