Once a manufacturer of Natural & custom compounded rubber Industry was looking for a better way to mix the rubber into containers and also to inject, transfer and practice a more productive process of compression of the rubber in molders and applications where rubber is used as an adhesive and formed into different parts with other materials.
We supply Rubber compounds in strips, slabs, pellets or sheets, in black or colors and calendared or filtered by gear-pump straining to more accurately and consistently produce and track over 2000 recipes, utilizing about 2000 different raw materials.
We suggested him to make the additions of as much as many of the raw materials that are available to him be handed to the mix, but the main task was to prompt the operators to add the material at the correct time, in the proper amount. Two Wonder ware workstations were used; one for recipe development and the other for batch scheduling. A recipe is scheduled for production with the number of batches to be run by the production supervisor. The schedule can be queued up for days in advance but modified anytime. The next-to-run recipe is automatically downloaded to an Allen Bradley PLC 5/40, where the operators are prompted by 5 Panel view 1400E's and the automatic ingredients are dispensed to the mixer. Completed batches are logged to a batch report database where custom reports are configured by the client as required.