Drives and controls upgrade for Saica Packaging

19 July 2011

The UK operation of Saica Packaging has succeeded in increasing its productivity levels following a drives and controls upgrade by Optima Control Solutions (OCS) on a corrugating line at its Edinburgh plant.

The Spanish-owned company has reported a significant increase in production since the refurbishment, which involved replacing three DC drive motors with new drive control panels, AC vector drives and PLCs for line mode operation.

The company had been experiencing problems with the B&C Flute Single Facer on the corrugating line, but the upgrade carried out by OCS has completely transformed its performance.

Saica's engineering manager, Jim Stewart, has nothing but praise for OCS which installed and commissioned the project to deadline during the firm's annual shutdown at the start of 2011, eliminating the need for any further interruption to production. He said: "The drives on the machine were obsolete; a throw back to the sixties, but Optima came in and did a fantastic job. In fact I would say it was the best installation I have witnessed during my career in engineering. The upgrade has improved consistency, eliminated niggles and break downs and consequently helped us break the record for productivity at Saica's UK plants. I would certainly recommend Optima Control Solutions."

Commenting on the application, OCS managing director Michael Hill said: "The intelligent integration of modern drive and control technology has a significant impact on production efficiency in the packaging industry. The upgrade we completed for Saica has improved the machine's effectiveness and also provides them with the ability to cater for any future system expansion."

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