APEX Automation and Robotics has supplied and installed an automated batch mixing process for an international pharmaceutical company at its Sydney-based factory.
Previously, the batch mixing process at the factory was manually operated and relied on outdated devices. In addition, operators were required to record some production data for quality assurance purposes, and this process was not always reliable.
APEX Automation and Robotics' engineering team developed an automation solution for this process, introducing new equipment to automate the product transfer from silos or bulk bags and the batch mixing process.
To further streamline operations, APEX Automation and Robotics also consolidated the controls of both the new and existing equipment into one motor control centre with a single master PLC and an HMI (Human-Machine Interface) to operate and monitor the overall system.
The new system also records and automatically sends production data to the factory network at the end of each batch.
This information includes:
- batch number
- starting and stopping time
- actual mixing time; and