Integrated Automation and Control System Increases Efficiency of FFS-lines
With EASY CONTROL Windmöller&Hölscher offers a new comprehensive and uniform automation system for its Form-Fill-Seal (FFS) lines. Having greater transparency, simple operation methods and the ability to integrate the entire FFS line increases efficiency and quality in production. With around 1,000 machines sold worldwide, the TOPAS FFS machine is one of the most successful lines as well as the fastest running system currently on the market.
Until today, operators of FFS lines have been faced with the challenge of individually controlling and monitoring the lines different components and third-party equipment. The result: Loss of efficiency due to different operating systems, additional interfaces and error sources as well as lack of comprehensive production data. W&H as a full-line supplier of FFS lines consisting of FFS machine TOPAS, palletizer PLATINUM and stretch hood machine ARGON has now developed a modular automation and operating concept that increases uniformity across the entire FFS line.
Various modules - from third-party equipment integration over smartphone functions to data analysis
"EASY CONTROL consists of various modules and can be individually tailored to the needs of the customer", explains Rafael Imberg, Sales Director FFS Bagging Systems at W&H. One new module allows the integration of third-party equipment, such as metal detectors, inkjet printers and weighing scales, into the line management systems. The benefits are obvious: the operator only has to learn a single system. Another module provides a MOBILE function that makes status alerts available anywhere via smartphone or tablet PC. “The machine can report an upcoming roll change, for example, and the operator can then plan the most efficient route and resources in advance”, says Imberg. Staff working in the back-office can use an “Office” function to pull and analyze all of the production data. “We offer a database that covers the entire line and this hasn't been done before. The comprehensive analysis options enable companies to manage production far more effectively,” explains Imberg.