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During these weeks, with the COVID-19 outbreaks, it has been possible to observe how certain facilities (not only hospitals but also hotels, sports centers, libraries …) had to adapt to the emergency state by changing their original design, operation and action protocols, and structural, mechanical, pneumatic and electrical systems. In this following article, we will  focus on these three last topics.

 

 

 

Brock Solutions is pleased to announce the recent award by the Region of Peel of the Clarkson and GE Booth Wastewater Treatment Plant Instrument Control Panel consolidation project. Over the next two years, the team will work alongside the Region of Peel to consolidate their I&C design and documentation and bring it up to current standard.

 

 

 

A local food producer required large volumes of water to clean and sanitize equipment. Once used, the water would be stored in an on-site lagoon before being processed, treated, and released back into the water supply. The producer’s water usage was increasing as the facility expanded and new equipment was implemented that needed to be cleaned.

 

 

 

When a machine component fails or operating conditions start to change, the first sign for workers that something is wrong is often an alarm in the HMI. Factors such as how accurate, detectable and informative the alarm is can directly affect how quickly workers see and react to it.

 

 

 

It has been possible to collect data from FANUC CNCs for almost 30 years. If you aren’t making use of that in this day and age of Industry 4.0, you need to start now. Don’t worry, FANUC has you covered, no matter where you are on your automation journey.

 

 

 

Manufacturing facilities employ a variety of hazardous machines, and safeguarding is paramount. While traditional safety strategies are designed to mitigate risk in hazardous situations, it’s possible to eliminate this risk altogether by letting robots cover the dangerous tasks. Let’s take a look at a few ways that robots make manufacturing safer overall.

 

 

 

When one major mining company underwent digital transformation, it achieved results that would be the envy of most mines. Production increased about 15%. Energy costs went down after ventilation demands were cut in half. And safety was enhanced with autonomous drills that moved workers away from potentially hazardous areas.

 

 

 

Machine downtime hurts. It hurts productivity and profits – and it causes frustration. Every minute that slips by with a machine unable to operate negatively impacts the bottom line. So, it’s no surprise that manufacturers are looking for the most cost-effective and time-efficient way to get the technical support they need to deal with downtime and repairs.

 

 

 

The more things change, the more they stay the same; it is an axiom that is true–and even comforting–during dark times and good. In fact, even at a time when the world is completely consumed, and seemingly transformed, by the Coronavirus, many of us can take stock in this generationally-tested truism.

 

 

 

The need to power enclosures through traditional wiring is over. More and more panel builders are, at the request of their customers, turning to busbar to help them organize their power distribution controls and drives. Traditional wiring in enclosures has been the choice for years since it can be less expensive, and in many cases, is spec’d in to the customer’s design.

 

 

 

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One of Canada’s largest wastewater treatment plants at Annacis Island provides secondary treatment to approximately 175 billion litres of wastewater every year for over 1 million residents in 14 municipalities. After almost 20 years in operation, the variable frequency drives supporting the critical pumping systems for the primary treatment and secondary treatment facilities had to be replaced to ensure that the plant’s high operational availability and reliability will not be compromised in serving the plant, the surrounding municipalities and the environment. Metro Vancouver Regional District chose to deploy Rittal’s enclosure and power distribution solutions with E-plan software to efficiently support vital infrastructure improvements by reducing equipment replacement times and thereby minimizing risk to plant operations.

ABB to Upgrade Paper Machine Drives, Motors and Electrical Control Systems at Westrock Mill in Washington, USA

ABBWestRock Company—a provider of differentiated paper and packaging solutions—has selected ABB to replace its dry end drive system. This includes upgrades to its PM12 paper machine drives, motors and the installation of the ABB Ability System 800xA control system at its mill in Longview, Washington, USA. Installation and commissioning of the project is planned for completion by year-end 2020.

“ABB was chosen for this project based on the customer’s positive experience with our drives systems at its Longview mill and other WestRock sites,” said Steve St. Jarre, Head of Business Development, Pulp and Paper, Process Industries, ABB. 

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How Collaborative Robots Fit Into the Production Facilities of the Future

Collaborative RobotsThe relationship between humans and robots in manufacturing is constantly evolving. Technology advancements and safety improvements have made it possible for manufacturers to move robots out from behind the cage to interact more closely with workers. Depending on the type of application, this collaboration can open new possibilities for increased productivity, efficiency, and flexibility.

That said, collaborative robots, or cobots, are not going to replace traditional robots entirely. Instead, cobots serve as just another tool in the toolbelt when determining the right equipment to implement on the factory floor. 

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