Control & automation

Your machine park requires to be producing in a continuous, uninterrupted and easy to control and maintain way. When extrusion lines are aging, the utilised control and drive system(s) are becoming more difficult to maintain, operate and ensure that the maximum production target are met.

Besides retrofitting your sheet extrusion line with MEAF’s hardware, the integration of a brand-new ExtruSol control system as well as frequency drives upgrade are part of the retrofit and upgrade solutions that MEAF can provide. By using our retrofit & upgrade solutions for your existing line, it can be operated and controlled by operators and maintenance personnel in an easy and efficient way. The easiness of operation, user-friendly features and many diagnostic tools, help your personnel to run your sheet extrusion lines as efficient as possible.

Control system retrofit upgrade

MEAF’S in-house developed control system ExtruSol is operated by means of a touch screen and has various levels of accessibility to the various extrusion line parameters.  The combination of the control system with the SpeedAdjust handwheels gives the operator the possibility to quickly, simultaneously and accurately change of the speeds of the motors of the main extruder screw, gear pump, cooling rollers of the rollstack and the co-extruder screw.

Retrofit control & automation key advantages

  • Storage of process data

    The data can be stored on either an USB stick or compact flash drive

  • Improvement of extruder operation easiness

    The operator friendly and in-house designed ExtruSol system ensures easiness of operation

  • Long term availability of spare parts is ensured

    The new control system components are more easily accessible and available than outdated spareparts.

  • The new PLC can be used for remote assistance

    The remote assistance allows MEAF’s specialist to login remotely into the extrusion line in order diagnose problems and assist you with problem solving in real-time.

  • Compatibility for MEAF Agile Data (M.A.D.)’s Industry 4.0 connection

    The new control system can be easily integrated into your data storage/collection and utilised for further diagnostic analysis in order to filter out material discrepancies or extruder performance.

  • Multiple materials with same screw and barrel design

    No need to change the screw when changing the raw material

Drive system retrofit upgrade

Besides implementing a more operator friendly operating system, there is the possibility of retrofitting outdated analogue DC-drives with new digital AC-frequency drives. This might be required if existing units can no longer be repaired, are time-consuming or spare parts are no longer available due to discontinuation by the supplier.

Retrofit drive system key advantages

  • Increased energy savings
  • Reduced wear on machinery
  • Improved PF (Power Factor)

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