LAS VEGAS — Emerson Electric Co. and Arrowhead Systems Inc. today announced that they have partnered to produce edge-based machine health monitoring solution. Not only will it increase uptime for high-speed palletizer production used in container stacking, but it can also be adapted for use with other primary products, the companies said.
St. Louis-based Emerson provides systems and services for customers in industrial, commercial, and residential markets. The company said its Emerson Automation Solutions business helps process, hybrid, and discrete manufacturers maximize production, as well as protect personnel and the environment while optimizing energy and operating costs.
Oshkosh, Wis.-based Arrowhead Systems has sold conveyor, packaging machinery, and line-productivity systems for more than 70 years to industries such as food and beverage, household, personal care, and container manufacturing. Including Arrowhead Conveyor, Busse/SJI, A&B Engineering Services, and Priority One, Arrowhead offers a suite of automation solutions to customers worldwide.
Edge-based monitoring of palletizer/depalletizer health
The Busse SJI Viper high-speed bulk palletizer and Alpha Turbo high-speed depalletizer now work with Emerson’s edge-based machine health monitoring to give customers a way to achieve greater overall equipment effectiveness (OEE). They monitor, in real-time, critical motion and pneumatic system parameters including airflow, pressure, vacuum, mechanical actuation speeds, and motor vibration.
System analytics and health information are processed at the edge via a local data historian with both local display or remote monitoring on a tablet or smartphone. This edge-based computing gives operators an easily accessible tool to monitor health, the companies said.
“This solution offers the quickest and most scalable way to increase OEE and ultimately increase the overall production efficiency of your plant operations,” said Dana Greenly, director of business development for food and beverage packaging with Emerson’s Automation Solutions business.
The new, edge-based system has the PACSystems CPL410 at its core to bring all sensor data together for accessibility, visualization, and analysis. It is customizable and scalable to adapt to any primary product palletizing system or complete packaging line, said the partners. The real-time health metrics and diagnostics enable operators to avoid reactive maintenance and to plan for potential problems, protecting OEE, said Emerson and Arrowhead.
“Because we have container-handling equipment running at some of the highest speeds in the industry, reaching 4,000 cans per minute or more, predictive monitoring of machine health is vital to our customers’ success,” said Scott Chehak, general manager of Busse-SJI.
Emerson at Pack Expo
Emerson said its automation can accommodate numerous package sizes and complexities; reduce losses by improving productivity, product quality, and waste reduction; and improve operator and product safety without limiting production. The company said it has expertise in tackling packaging challenges such as flexibility, reliability, contamination and waste, and safety.
Attendees at Pack Expo 2019 can see Emerson’s solutions at Booth LS-6107 in the Lower South Hall.
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