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Drive System Retrofit for MasterDrives

September 18, 2019

Because of their superior functionality, comprehensive performance range and application flexibility, the Siemens Simovert MASTERDRIVES in CUVC, CUMC, Compact form and other variants has been a very successful drive system for single motor and multi-motor applications. The established common DC bus system enabled it to be used on demanding production machine processes across a wide ...

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Don’t replace old for old. Replace old for new at a similar cost (including conversion)

July 1, 2019

When faced with the complete failure of a HMI TP177A, our customer wished to source an equivalent part from the original supplier. Obsolete Siemens TP177A HMI © Siemens AG 2019 Two problems were: 1) The obsolete screen was programmed with an obsolete package – Protool 2) The cost of the old replacement screen was more expensive than a newer and fully supported HMI. After ...

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Weekend shutdown sees pump system upgraded to latest Siemens Sinamics drives and S7-1200 PLC

July 25, 2018

When faced with the unreliability and ageing Crabtree motor starter sets, a leading manufacturer of waterproofing products turned to Optima for assistance. The existing pump control system was direct on-line and required pump changeovers to be initiated manually. The solution was to replace the existing starter panels with a single panel housing 18.5kW and 30kW variable ...

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First Batch of UL-Control Panels Finished and ready for shipping to the USA

July 5, 2018

This is our first batch of UL-Rated control panels completed and ready for storage prior to shipping to the United States. This is part of a fully integrated Rockwell Automation control system featuring ControlLogix PLC’s with Guard Logix Safety and PowerFlex Drives.

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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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Drive System Retrofit for MasterDrives

Because of their superior functionality, comprehensive performance range and application flexibility, the Siemens Simovert MASTERDRIVES in CUVC, CUMC, Compact form and other variants has been a very successful drive system for single motor and multi-motor applications. The established common DC bus system enabled it to be used on demanding production machine processes across a wide range of industry sectors.

All good things must come to an end, but that doesn’t mean the end of the line for your production machine.

Optima’s innovative approach to upgrades significantly reduces the installation time and minimises risk to your site. All of our systems are thoroughly tested before they are shipped to site, completely eliminating any “out of box” failures.

Some of the benefits you will realise are:

  • Extended life span of your machine and increased availability due to continued spare parts supply with full support by Siemens
  • Improved productivity through lower energy costs and faster production cycles, through:
    • Simple operation monitoring using operator panel
    • User-friendly diagnostics with the STARTER tool
    • Additional interface options via PROFINET or PROFIBUS
  • Future-proofed due to access to the new world of TIA Portal

Optima’s approach for upgrades is to:

  1. 1.Analysis of your current machine configuration and potential further customer request
  2. Recommendation on the best replacement scenario
  3. Installation, configuration and commissioning of new  components and creation of circuit diagram and documentation
  4. Acceptance test and machine handover.

If requested, we can also provide training for all your relevant engineers and instruction of the operating personnel

Why Optima?

  1. We’ve been upgrading complex drive systems for over 20 years
  2. We are one of only 7 authorised Siemens Drives and Motion partners in the UK
  3. We provide a complete solution provided by one retrofit supplier including mechanical installation of motors and/or supply of adaptor plates and flanges to suit
  1. Don’t replace old for old. Replace old for new at a similar cost (including conversion) Leave a reply
  2. Weekend shutdown sees pump system upgraded to latest Siemens Sinamics drives and S7-1200 PLC Leave a reply
  3. First Batch of UL-Control Panels Finished and ready for shipping to the USA Leave a reply
  4. Improved Performance And Reliability Following Upgrade From Hydraulic Motors To AC Geared Motors Leave a reply
  5. Government Launches it’s “Made Smarter” Review 2017 Leave a reply
  6. Pepperl+Fuchs Innovation Tour arrives at Optima on the 14 November from 11.00 – 14.00 Leave a reply
  7. Automax and PLC 5 to PowerFlex Drives and Control Logix Upgrade on Metalliser Leave a reply
  8. Optima’s upgrade solution for a Sirpak 200 cut-to-length Machine system reduces waste by 9km per week Leave a reply
  9. Metal Decorating Press Upgrade using Siemens Simotion S120 + D425 controller + Simatic S7 PLC Leave a reply