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Industrial Control Panels
Central Conveyors can provide a range of control systems, control panels and PLCs to suite all applications; from a simple stop/start button to complex automation...
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Automation, Control Panels and PLCs
Central Conveyors can provide a range of control systems, control panels and PLCs to suite all applications; from a simple stop/start button to complex automation.
In addition to controlling a conveyor, our control panels and PLCs can also provide a wide selection of indicators and meters, ranging from simple speed meters to product position indicators, alarms, remote monitoring, and even monitoring of the machine over the internet.
The most common requirement is for a machine to be started, and then stopped. We can provide second (or third) operator panels to allow this to be accomplished from multiple locations around the machine.
Frequently there is a need for the speed of the conveyor to be varied; either as an engineering ‘tweak’ to ‘tune’ the conveyor to upstream/downstream equipment, or even as an operational “day-to-day” control. Central Conveyors can provide sophisticated, but economical, inverters to meet this requirement.
Safety Controls and Emergency Stops
Central Conveyors can provide a full range of guarding, safety interlocks, and emergency stop functions. The simplest of these is the mushroom-head emergency stop button, designed to be highy visible and easily operated. In most cases these will ‘trip’ the control panel, requiring a reset before the machine will operate again (hence preventing staff from casually resetting the emergency stop button).
In addition to the traditional stop button, emergency pull cords are a popular and simple safety feature. We can also provide proximity alarms/interlocks, and even devices that detect dongles sewn into staff clothing.
Sensors and Automation
It is often desirable for the conveyor system to react to it’s surroundings, or to the products it is carrying.
A simple example would be a sensor at the end of a conveyor that detects the presence of a product, and turns the conveyor off (to prevent it falling off the end). More sophisticated systems can – for example – read barcodes on the product, perhaps sending the parcel to different destinations within your factory depending on the code.
Central Conveyors can create bespoke control panels and PLCs because we have our own in-house programming expertise, and are able to incorporate the use of Programmable Logic Units and sensors to produce complex behaviour in your conveyor system.
Control Panels and PLCs for your machinary
For more information on control panels and PLCs, or any other CCL conveyors or conveyor systems, call us on 01509 816064 today for an informal, no obligation chat. We’re here to listen to your conveyor enquiry and help provide you with complete conveying solutions.