Super Sack Room Upgrade

Quantum Design performs a PLC5 upgrade on an outdated process line. What is the significance of the project? The PLC5 controls and HMI were discontinued by Rockwell Automation in 2017, making it risky to continue running lines using those controls.  Replacement parts are no longer readily available for the PLC5; customers must resort to Ebay and similar sites to search … Read More

Retrofit of Plating Line

Quantum Design performs a retrofit for a plating line upgrading PLCs and HMIs. What is the significance of the project? The PLC5 controls and HMI were discontinued by Rockwell Automation in 2017, making it risky to continue running lines using those controls.  Replacement parts are no longer readily available for the PLC5; customers must resort to Ebay and similar sites … Read More

PLC5 Control Systems Upgrade

Quantum Design upgrades line of Pellet Pan Coating line at food manufacturing facility in Rockford, IL. What is the significance of the project? The PLC5 controls and HMI were discontinued by Rockwell Automation in 2017, making it risky to continue running lines using those controls.  Replacement parts are no longer readily available for the PLC5; customers must resort to Ebay … Read More

Modification of a Process Line

Quantum Design add new controls to an existing PLC and operator interface for a gum manufacturing facility. What is the significance of the project? Modification to a process line can be tricky, risky and expensive if the right upgrades and solutions aren’t utilized. Relevant Industries Food & Beverage – any line that is adding additional ingredients Pharmaceutical Chemical Engineering Specialties … Read More

Building Automation Overview

Quantum Design updates building automation controllers for outdated cooling units throughout several process lines. What is the significance of the project? In order for the plant to reduce their power consumption, an update was needed to the building automation controllers for air handling units, cooling units and chillers that were used throughout several of the plant’s process lines. Relevant Industries … Read More

Automation of Customer Drawing Formats

System integrators are often tasked with coming up with innovative yet economical solutions to their customer’s problems. It can be something as simple as upgrading a component in a panel, to the more complex, such as integrating the latest technology with older controls systems that use outdated or obsolete hardware, software and/or communication protocols. We are always asked to do … Read More

Motor Control Center Uses EtherNet and Significantly Less Wiring

In the 1950s, Motor Control Centers were originally introduced and used by the automobile manufacturing industry which uses large numbers of electric motors. Today they are used within many different industries for a variety of applications in industrial and commercial settings. With the advances in technology, a Motor Control Center no longer just turns a motor on and off. The newest generation of MCCs offer several options for communication, power monitoring/management and safety design; making new MCCs or upgrading an older MCC an attractive option for many companies.

Production Area PLC Conversion Improves Efficiences and Processes

In this project Quantum Design helped improve efficiences and processes for our customer, a leading food and beverage company, by replacing multiple SLC5/04’s, PLC5/40’s, a PLC5/80 and their I/O racks. Many customers are realizing the importance of upgrading older control systems as issues begin to arise more frequently and since these older systems will become more difficult to support in the future. In many cases, the mechanics of a system are sound but the controls are failing and separate parts are scarce or non-existent.

Heat Trace Control Conversion

Quantum Design’s customer, a leading food and beverage manufacturing company, was looking to update multiple outdated and obsolete single point heat trace controllers with a single PLC controller, I/O and HMI. Their equipment was no longer being manufactured or supported by the manufacturer making replacement parts expensive. As the equipment aged new problems were likely to arise more often and if the equipment were to fail there would have been no direct replacement to swap in leaving the customer with lengthy downtimes on their production line while the equipment was being replaced. Though old equipment can sometimes be refurbished, it is usually very expensive and often board level components cannot be replaced. Therefore, they will eventually fail and the same issues would arise.