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Belgian Unilin Company’s Ooigem plant reduces changeover times through SICK’s modular and flexible safety controller

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Thanks to Flexi Soft, the furniture panel production lines can be quickly modified to manufacture a different product, thereby making them operate more economically.

Based in Wielsbeke Belgium, Unilin is one of the leading manufacturers of laminate floors, engineered wood, self-supporting and insulating roofing elements, as well as insulation boards made of polyisocyanurate. SICK ’s flexi Soft safety controller was used to make rigid and time-consuming design more flexible and efficient without the need to shut down the entire plant in between batch changeover times.

This method divides the facility into eight different sections, allowing for the changing of individual plant sections over to the next batch, while other sections of the production line are still running.

Key features of SICK’s Flexi Soft plant safety controller includes:

  • Improving the plant’s availability and efficiency
  • Tailoring a unique, safety solution to Unilin’s requirements
  • Eight plant sections are monitored independently
  • Easily configured
Communication between the plant’s PLC and Flexi Soft is done via Ethernet; data exchange between the control level and the operating panels takes place via PROFIBUS. In this way, the diagnostic functions of Flexi Soft were integrated into the visualisation.

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