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Improved Performance And Reliability Following Upgrade From Hydraulic Motors To AC Geared Motors

December 13, 2017

When a major paper producer was faced with increasingly temperamental performance from the existing hydraulic drive control system on their Valmet KL Winder, they turned to Optima for assistance. The system suffered from uncontrolled starting from cold until the hydraulics had reached normal temperature. However, even at normal operating temperature, there were still issues with ...

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Government Launches it’s “Made Smarter” Review 2017

December 4, 2017

Led by Professor Juergen Maier, CEO of Siemens, Made Smarter is the Government’s white paper that aims to set an agenda that can drive productivity and growth in UK industry. Highlights of the report include introductions to industrial digitalisation and the benefits that this can offer across the manufacturing sector. It also presents the key themes ...

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Pepperl+Fuchs Innovation Tour arrives at Optima on the 14 November from 11.00 – 14.00

November 7, 2017

  Pepperl+Fuchs are taking to the road to showcase their latest innovations. Their Team will be at Optima and we’d like to invite you to join us! Step inside and meet Optima’s and Pepperl+Fuchs highly experienced team of engineers who are on board and ready to discuss your automation needs and demonstrate how our sensing technologies can ...

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Automax and PLC 5 to PowerFlex Drives and Control Logix Upgrade on Metalliser

July 4, 2017

In this upgrade, carried out during a planned shutdown, an Automax controller and obsolete DC drives were removed and replaced by new AC Powerflex 753 drives and AC vector motors. The SLC500 rack was replaced by a new Control Logix rack and remote IO on Ethernet. The now redundant PanelMax HMI was replaced by a ...

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Optima’s upgrade solution for a Sirpak 200 cut-to-length Machine system reduces waste by 9km per week

June 8, 2017

Optima were approached by an internationally renowned packaging manufacturer, particularly specialised in cartons, labels and leaflets. The company’s manufacturing facilities across the globe must deliver maximum efficiency and reliability to enable excellent customer service and innovative packaging designs. Their Scotland-based plant was faced with obsolescence and unreliability of a Sirpak 200 tube forming and cut to ...

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Metal Decorating Press Upgrade using Siemens Simotion S120 + D425 controller + Simatic S7 PLC

June 1, 2017

In this project, Optima provided a complete new control system for a Metal Decorating Press. In order to print the colours correctly aligned, all axes must be fully synchronised. Optima chose to use Sinamics S120 Drives and the D425 motion controller to achieve the required accuracy. The control system was a completely integrated package from Siemens ...

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Automax and PLC5 to PowerFlex Drives and Control Logix Upgrade

May 31, 2017

Optima recently carried out an upgrade on a complex Automax-based drive system running on an obsolete PLC5 controller. The customer requirement was that the old Automax controller rack, PLC5 and obsolete DC drives were  removed in one complete shutdown and replaced with the latest state-of-the-art technology. Optima achieved this by replacing the DC drives and motors ...

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Optima to host Parker’s automation exhibition roadshow

June 16, 2016

Optima Control Solutions are excited to host Parker Hannifin’s Automation on Tour Roadshow in July. Come along to discover how Parker and Optima can help you to improve the performance and reliability of your machines and processes, bringing increased productivity and profitability. Parker invite you to see a wide range of their latest automation products and solutions ...

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New Ethernet-based Parker Link system supercedes SSD fibre optic

January 29, 2016

Link 2 fibre optic systems are recognised for their reliability, high performance and noise-free transfer of data for web transport systems. Originally developed by SSD Drives in the 1980’s the Link technology is still widely in use today. However, now that Link 2 has officially been declared obsolete, what are the replacement options available? In ...

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PUWER Bridging The Gap

July 27, 2015

End users of equipment understand their obligations under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations. PUWER is now a familiar acronym across all manufacturing sectors, with time and effort being applied to surveys and reports highlighting machine deficiencies and non-conformities. This document describes how Optima can help OEM’s and End Users interpret report findings and ...

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