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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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Optima Control Solutions sees its overseas market expand

July 13, 2015

A recent article by Lancashire Telegraph highlights Optima Control Solutions securing of a multi-Million pound contract to supply a lithographic coating line to Jeil C&P Ltd., a printing plate manufacturer based in Daegu, South Korea. With the assistance of NatWest Bank and UKTI, Optima managed to win the highest value contract ever secured by the company ...

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Optima beef-up a Charity Goulash Stall

December 18, 2013

Earlier this month, on the 5th of December, the 25th edition of the Victorian-themed Whalley Pickwick Festival was held. This year some of the festival’s activities such as live pipe and brass music, children’s entertainment and a giant’s ferris wheel could not be set up as planned due to the severe weather conditions. Nevertheless, most ...

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Optima Control Solutions Introduces Machine Vision to its Services Portfolio

March 22, 2013

In March 2013, Optima Control Solutions announced the addition of machine vision to its services. Michael Hill, Managing Director of Optima, explained: “Broadening our portfolio to include vision is an exciting strategic step for Optima. We forecast strong growth in the adoption of vision technologies as the leading manufacturers continue to introduce new products to the market and ...

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Outsourcing industrial automation: The essential considerations

November 4, 2012

Automated control systems are a critical component in the backbone of modern manufacturing. It is virtually impossible to imagine conceiving a manufacturing process without the help of specialized digital control systems. Their subsequent maintenance is even harder to imagine. Today’s plant managers are faced with the dilemma of either hiring in-house engineering resource or outsourcing the service completely. Often ...

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