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Huhtamaki Case Study

Case Study: Sidewall Printer Update
(Including upgrade to S7 – 1500 PLC)

Market Sectors: Food & FMCG As part of an expansion programme, Huhtamaki needed increased production at their Gosport plant for producing food packaging. A Sidewall Printing machine was a critical part of this expansion, and a suitable used machine was identified and purchased. However, as the machine was imported, the electrical, control, and safety systems of the machine needed reviewing and updating to meet the plant Health and Safety Standards.

Project Description:

Approach: Time was of the essence in this project, as the new production was urgently needed to increase capacity. MCS Control Systems has a proven methodology, developed over many years, for upgrading and replacing business critical systems spanning many industry sectors including: Food/FMCG, Automotive, Aerospace, Utilities, Process, Construction Products and Building Services.

Results: The machine was rewired, its safety systems reviewed and updated, the Siemens PLC control system updated from S5 to S7- 1500, with program conversion, and put into production within 7 weeks of MCS receiving the order. MCS also provided commissioning and production support.

Ben Newton, Electrical Team Leader stated:

“I would like to pass on my gratitude to MCS for the work completed on the above project. The task of upgrading the machinery to the required standard, within the tight timescale we had set out was always going to be challenging, but all at MCS involved approached and completed the project with upmost professionalism. The project threw up a number of unique problems that were quickly overcome and all work was completed according to the criteria set out by the scope of works"

"Every member of staff involved in this project are deserving of thanks however I would like to pass on my special thanks to Russell, Barry and Mateusz who spent a lot of time on site ensuring that the project was a success"



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