Industrial Electrical and Automation Specialists


Automation Upgrades for Dollar Sweets Panning Machine

Recently the team at Mobile Automation were contracted by Dollar Sweets, a manufacturer of a wide range of confectionery products in Pakenham, Victoria to carry out automation upgrades to one of their four bowl Panning machines.

This equipment is used to produce cake toppings and coat numerous sweets prior to packaging.
It’s basically a huge mixing tub, with sprayers to load the raw ingredients or to coat the lollies with various additives, coupled with heaters, to achieve the perfect result.

Mobile Automation was commissioned to provide an upgrade to the previously cumbersome control equipment. The old system required the operator to set a series of switches on the panel as appropriate for the current product. Having a large range of products, the operator needed to go through a book of settings to select the correct product, set the switches and run the process.

Dollar Sweets management identified the possibility of errors in this procedure, which was a potential for unsaleable product, not to mention lost time on the factory floor.

The new system uses the latest technology in automation equipment. We discarded the redundant controls, and installed a new Allen Bradley Micro850 PLC, coupled to an Allen Bradley 2711 PT6 Panelview touchscreen (HMI). Following consultation with managers and the operators on the floor, our engineers then programmed a series of recipes and easy to use control pages into the HMI, to implement a user friendly and simple interface that everybody could operate.
Now product changes are as simple as entering the product name into the HMI, all the settings appropriate for that product are instantly loaded to the PLC, the operator confirms the recipe selected, and starts the cycle.

The result is minimal wastage, increased productivity and simple operator functions, a win-win for everybody.

James Campbell, Maintenance and Continuous Improvement Manager said “These changes have resulted in a significant increase in the productivity of the operation. The technicians and engineers from Mobile Automation were professional and kept us informed at all times during the upgrades. We’re planning to do the same changes to the other 3 mixers when required”

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