A packaging machinery company in Chicago wanted to provide a control solution for one of their applications that was non-proprietary, enabling packaging professionals easy access to update applications when needed. The company required the flexibility of a PLC and the processing speed of an industrial computer to have optimal performance in their multihead weigher/vertical form fill seal bag machine (VFFS) application. The company found a solution in a Rockwell Automation® ControlLogix® with ProSoft Technology's in-rack PC.
“The in-rack PC’s high-speed communications across the ControlLogix backplane permits the tightly integrated PC-based application the company was looking for," said the ProSoft Regional Sales Manager who helped the customer. “This is the ideal solution for this type of analytical and data-centric application."
The industrialized in-rack PC delivers the processing power required to control the speed of the multihead weigher. ProSoft’s solution connects directly to the backplane of the ControlLogix, which gives the application an extremely high data exchange rate between the in-rack PC and the PLC. The speed of the calculations for the multihead weigher is pivotal to the speed and efficiency of the integrated scale/VFFS application, as some of the larger applications have up to 18 buckets per Multihead Weigher system.
Learn more about ProSoft Technology’s solutions for Rockwell Automation platforms here.