H. C. Brill Company
As mass producers of baking ingredients, production and QC
managers were concerned about the consistency and productivity
of their operation in Pleasant View, Utah. Each day this state
of the art production facility produces thousands of pounds
of baking ingredients like cookie dough and cake icings, for
retail bakeries nationwide. To keep batching lines efficient
and cost effective they knew they needed a control system
that could ensure repeatability of recipes and accuracy of
ingredients that are automatically and manually delivered
to processing equipment.
Basically, we conceived and implemented a recipe management
system and automatic batching control system. We configured
production lines with dedicated Allen-Bradley SLC-500 controllers
that are responsible for controlling and monitoring their
respective batching lines and related equipment. Each controller
maintains accurate metering and interface to an existing sugar
delivery system and liquid tank farm system; and maintains
consistent process feed rates, equipment speeds, temperature
We also developed a custom recipe management system in Visual
Basic and Access to provide managers with a means of developing
custom recipes and downloading them to the batching control
systems. Once a recipe is downloaded, the operator initiates
the batching operation. Not only does the system accurately
measure and automatically feed ingredients, it also prompts
the operator to manually add pre-measured ingredients directly
into the batch at the appropriate time.
- Highly distributed architecture allows the production
lines to be controlled from multiple operator interface
- Fast communications between operator interfaces and PLCs
over dedicated Data Highway Plus network.
- Process equipment status indicated by color graphics allows
the operator to visually discern status immediately.
- RSLogix & RSLinx
- Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0
- Microsoft Access Database
Client Comments: "Our new recipe management system allows
us to produce a more consistent product by stepping the operator
through the proper recipe sequence. Our new automatic batching
system increased our production rates by 30%."
H. C. Brill Engineering Manager