Crossmuller were contracted to automate the loading, unloading and cooking initiation for a leading Australian food manufacturer. Loading of the cooking vessels was a manual task with operators required to transport baskets of product from the loading machine to the cookers. They would then load the baskets of product into the vessels manually. NDC was contracted to supply automated guided vehicles (AGVs). It was Crossmuller’s job to automate the cooking vessels so that the loading and unloading process was fully automated.
The upgrading of the two cooking vessels PLCs into a distributed I/O and central PLC system. Rockwell Point I/O and a Compactlogix PLC were used. The existing Seimens PLC program was then rewritten into a Logix5000 format and upgraded for the new automation requirements.