Control & AutomationIncreasing Production Efficiency
Using state-of-the-art solutions with user-friendly interfaces, we can help you increase your production efficiency and improve equipment reliability. The more efficient your production line, the greater the production output and the more profit for your business.Download our guide
What is Control & Automation?
Control is about designing a production process which controls and minimises risks within a specific working environment and requires interaction from a user to manage the operation. This considers all inherent dangers and ensures complete safety for all staff involved in the production process. This could be relevant to new equipment installation, updating an existing process to make it more reliable, and including various layers of control.
Automation looks at specific stages within a production process to see what sequence of steps can be automated. This is based on the intelligent logic from the results of the previous stages, such as opening and closing of valves and activating switches. Historically, these would be manual checks carried out by an individual, which may have led to human error, safety concerns, or slowing down of the production process.
How can control & automation benefit manufacturers?
With improved reporting functionality on production output efficiency, the latest control and automation systems improve reliability, minimise downtime, and provide a safer working environment.
AES favour utilising technology brands with simple user-friendly dashboard-style interfaces and a clear graphical representations of the production process.
Where production processes require the introduction of various elements and ingredients at various stages, weights and temperatures, automation can be hugely beneficial. Even marginal gains in production efficiency and consistency can provide a competitive edge.
Control and automation solutions can be developed for single motor control panels and multiple motor control sectors with the associated HMI (Human Machine Interface).
The web-user interface enables internal personnel to control the user interface remotely meaning any potential issues can be identified and rectified quickly (with an alarm logging feature), minimising production downtime.
Free Site Survey
AES will conduct a free site survey to assess your production process and fully understand which areas can benefit most from control and automation enhancements. This will often centre around those processes where the equipment is unreliable or keeps breaking down, disrupting the process and having a considerable impact on production outputs. We can also survey new installations.
Quotation & Overview
Once we have carried out the full assessment, we will provide a free quote and a top-level overview of those processes where an updated control and automation intervention can provide your business with the greatest financial impact.
Detailed Design & Programming
Once a quote is accepted, we proceed to the detailed design stage, which will be presented to you for approval. We will then start programming the logic to control the production process, configuring existing software, and manufacturing the control panel(s) in our quality-assessed engineering workshop. Our highly experienced team use the latest computer design software to ensure that the designs comply with the relevant British and European standards.
Build, Install & Test
Once programming has been completed, we will typically require two days on-site to build and install the control panel and user interface and thoroughly test the whole system. After testing, we provide on-site user training and supply you with a bespoke user manual.
If you would like to talk to us in more detail about our control and automation service, please get in touch.
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