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Programming for Packaging Lines

Products must be manufactured with high levels of speed and accuracy in today’s competitive manufacturing environment. Precise programming of your fully automated or semi-automated packaging line prevents downtime, increases manufacturing speed, and improves packaging consistency.

Packaging Line Programming Services

From controls upgrades to machinery handshaking, EPIC’s highly experienced packing programmers deliver integrated, highly capable programming packages.   Our team of in-house controls engineers have years of experience with PLC, PC-based and operator interface programming and will work with you to meet your manufacturing goals with automated controls.

User interface platforms are programmed to meet the ability level most suitable for your in-plant operators. Plant personnel must understand how packaging line controls work to keep your line running most efficiently.

For clear communication between machines and operators, documentation and training manuals are provided with the packaging line. This ensures plant teams and maintenance personnel can effectively interact with the packaging line and its programming language.

Programming Packaging Lines for Efficiency

User interface platforms are programmed to meet the ability level most suitable for your in-plant operators. Plant personnel must understand how packaging line controls work to keep your line running most efficiently.

For clear communication between machines and operators, documentation and training manuals are provided with the packaging line. This ensures plant teams and maintenance personnel can effectively interact with the packaging line and its programming language.

Logic Programming

Logic Programming

Our logic programming services include:

  • PLC ladder logic programming
  • Explanatory rung and sub-routine details.
  • Thorough documentation of line logic programming
  • Device descriptions integrated throughout the packaging system
  • Understandable programming-related data throughout the manufacturing process.

Based on your needs and existing logic programming preferences, our group of controls engineers will develop the necessary logic programming to sustain long-term packaging line functionality. EPIC’s engineers have many years of experience programming on even the most complex manufacturing packaging lines.

PC-Based Programming

PC-Based Packaging Line Programming by EPIC

What are your packaging line objectives and existing PC configurations? This is the starting conversation for finding the most efficient PC-based programming solution for your new or existing packaging line.

EPIC’s PC-Based Packaging Line Programming Includes:

EPIC’s controls engineers execute PC-based packaging line programming for even the most challenging systems and integrated packaging lines. With the capability to program individual pieces of equipment or entire packaging lines, we’ll take the time to extract all detailed information needed to develop a PC-based programming strategy that fits your packaging line’s requirements.

PLC Programming

PLC Programming

Our controls engineers provide specialized PLC programming services for existing lines in addition to PLC programming for new manufacturing equipment and packaging lines. Each PLC line we develop features:

  • Necessary inputs, outputs and logic
  • Proper migration paths
  • PLC programming strategy development
  • Program development on your preferred platform
    • Self-regulating PLC programming for smooth packaging operations
    • Including existing plant power and safety standards
  • Full documentation and operator training

With knowledge of virtually every PLC platform, we can program the production line software to the brand of preferences. EPIC’s controls engineers are skilled with all preferred PLC brands including:

PLC Production Line Software Brands

    • Rockwell Automation – Allen-Bradley
    • ControlLogix
    • CompactLogix
    • PLC-1
    • PLC-5
    • SLC 500
    • MicroLogix
    • General Electric
    • Modicon
    • Mitsubishi
    • Siemens

From several years of experience working with PLC’s and a variety of production line software, we are able to provide fully integrated, self-regulating packaging lines that function flawlessly.

Operator Interface Programming

Operator Interface Programming 

Reliable operator interface platforms require high-level technical programming expertise as well as artistic discretion. Our engineers have mastered this complex combination of art and science to provide superior packaging line operator interface programming across virtually all HMI platforms.

We approach operator interface programming in a simplistic manner to provide packaging line programming solutions that help you easily meet your manufacturing goals. Regardless of output demand or changeover requirements, your packaging line will function to best meet your needs for any given packaging cycle time.

Simplistic Operator Interface Programming Means:

    • Graphics are kept straightforward
    • Color conventions are applied consistently
    • Alarm and alert indications are masked until conditions exist
    • Screen clutter is minimized
    • Operator interfacing is designed for ease of configurability to avoid downtime
    • Password protected configuration upon client request

Operator interface platforms can range from small LCD-based display units to full-function, PC-based systems that incorporate alarm handling, data logging, integrated machine vision, quality assurance and product parameter management. Operator interface hardware is specified to most efficiently meet your long-term manufacturing objectives

Data Collection & Analysis

Data Collection & Analysis

Data collection across packaging lines increases line efficiency, reduces packaging errors and
reduces line downtime.

EPIC’s engineers work with you to identify an integrated production line software solution for production line data collection and analysis. Access to the data you need provides for actionable decision making toward better, more efficient manufacturing. Operational, production-related information, and more complex data can be integrated on even the most complex packaging lines, ex. OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness data).

Information is harvested and exported in your preferred format from your packaging line’s control systems. Real-time data can be exported to:

  • QA Systems
  • MES or SAP systems
  • Relational databases including Oracle and SQL Servers
  • Upper-level reporting systems
  • Custom applications

EPIC’s machine control systems accept configuration and provide the ability to alter setup parameters directly from your supervisory production scheduling system.

Contact an engineer today to start designing your packaging line today.

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