An extrusion line not only consists of extruder and haul-off, but also of a multitude of other components such as material conveying, drying, gravimetric dosing and downstream units. As a rule, each processing unit has its own control system, which is maintained by different suppliers and whose spare parts have to be stored individually.
Bolder automation offers to automate the entire plant on the basis of a Siemens PLC and thus concentrate maintenance on one system technology. The storage of spare parts is thus reduced to a minimum, as the assemblies are standardized.
This concept can only be implemented if the individual process components are also prepared for the PLC. This is achieved via software modules such as line control, temperature control, co-extrusion, gravimetric dosing, batch dosing or material conveying. Bolder automation has these modules at its disposal, which fit or can be configured to plant components from different manufacturers. In any case, customer-specific functions can be added by program.
Thanks to its networking via Profinet, this concept is also suitable for coupling to an existing machine controller whose functionality is to be expanded.
Through networking, production settings from MES/ERP can be transferred to all plant components and quality data can be recorded across the board. These communication channels are also available via remote control for external maintenance and service.