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Namoi Cotton Commodities Grain Handling Facility

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Parker Hannifin specialises in motion and control technologies used in aerospace, electromechanical filtration and climate control systems.  Namoi Cotton Commodities invest with APAG Alliance Safety and Motion Control Solution. Namoi Cotton Commodities, one of Australia’s well-known cotton producers, has selected Atlantic Pacific Automation Group (APAG), which provides safety and motion control solutions, to design, develop and commission a turnkey automation grain handling system. The APAG strategic alliance involves CT Oceania (Brisbane), Authorised Australian is the supplier of the CTI 2500 Series PLC platform and a well-known technology provides of safe automation technology. They are also manufacturers of motion and control technologies.

The grain handling facility will be automated for managing grain distribution to the appropriate storage silos, with an integrated batching process for blending and mixing various grains according to the customer’s requirements, providing direct loading to bulk haulage for immediate transport. The project utilises Parker Hannifin ’s XPR web based HMI panels, all conveyor systems controlled by thirty Parker SSD VSD (Variable Speed Drives), the CTI 2500 Series PLC utilised for the process control and the Pilz PNOZmulti system providing safety control of plant and equipment. Plant safety was NCC’s primary objective, with the added ability to visualise plant operation and productivity remotely.

The system has been designed and engineered to meet Category 4 for operation and electrical safety to protect plant equipment and personnel. Namoi Cotton Commodities, stated that APAG’s innovative products and engineering solutions will help improve the plant productivity, provide low operating costs and minimise plant complexity utilising their automated solution.  Incorporating safety into the plant’s design is a step in the right direction, as it addresses different potential hazards or issues up front so the right equipment can be used to eliminate impacts on productivity and performance. APAG provides an integrated package with on-going support and consultancy services to help deliver products on time to customers. Parker Hannifin’s National Electromechanical Product Sales Manager, Mr Ole Halverson said to PACE that this project provided them a unique challenge that has resulted in an innovative solution of integrated web enabled HMI’s interfacing directly to the CTI 2500 processors and SSD drives.

Frank Schrever, Managing Director of Pilz believes that this strategic partnership provides Pilz a competitive edge, especially with the support of Parker Hannifin, who offers engineering expertise spanning nine core technology platforms and over 70 years in the business. APAG’s key objective to market is to provide turn key automation and process control solutions utilising innovative technology, comprehensive services and engineering excellence.  

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