A traditional industry looking for a modern makeover
When a Midlands based ceramics manufacturer found it was becoming increasingly less efficient and its productivity seriously reduced, it reached out to Drive Solutions Centre partner Total Automated Solutions Limited (TAS) to provide a solution.
The plant had been running at minimal capacity due to a shortage of operational equipment. A full turnkey solution would be the only option if it wanted to increase system performance and modernise its production line to get the plant back on track.
The plant worked with multiple operating scenarios and had to manufacture on a large scale to tight deadlines. There was simply no room for operational inefficiencies.
TAS worked closely with the manufacturer to understand the current control system and overcome the customer’s historical upgrade failures. The solution needed to incorporate a braking system with delayed energisation and TAS played a key role in the delivery of this full upgrade.
- Onsite survey which determined the system requirement pre-design and build
- Mitsubishi A840 75kW Variable Speed Drive installed
- Utilisation of the A840 built in PLC to control the brake
- Full offsite testing of the solution pre-site installation
- Speedy site installation and commissioning
With seamless project management between all parties involved, the manufacturer was delighted with the service it received from the team at Total Automated Solutions Limited.
Following the successful implementation of this turnkey solution, the manufacturer enjoyed increased energy efficiencies, which brought costs savings and improved operational flexibility over the previous DOL solution.
All of which helped this traditional industry enjoy a much-needed modern makeover.
"We are delighted to be able to refer automation projects to Total Automated Solutions Ltd.
Their ability to successfully implement complex automation solutions, generate User Requirement Specifications in conjunction with the client and knowledge of industry standards and practices ensured that each bespoke project is in a safe pair of hands. Delivered on time and within budget.
From software solutions to MCC build and site work Total Automated Solutions, a Mitsubishi Systems Specialist, have delivered for both the client and Mitsubishi Electric every time."
Gary Hatfield Mitsubishi Electric Senior Consultant –
Diamond Link Training Academy Automation Systems Division
Mitsubishi Electric UK
Proflo are an engineering company and specialists in hygienic stainless steel fabrication and installation and have a proven track record with serving well known brands within the food industry for over 20 years.
Total Automated Solutions started working with Proflo a number of years ago because our scope of services complemented Proflo and our method of working and collaborative approach also aligned together .
The proprietor of the company provided the following testimonial:
"As the proprietor of Proflo Engineering I chose to use Total Automated solutions for all of our panel building and PLC work as I wanted a company who would take as much care with their project as we do with ours. If I am appointing a company to carry out work on our behalf I want somebody who will plan and execute the project as we would and stay with the commissioning until the job is complete and the customer is satisfied. As a Mechanical/process engineering company and with clients requiring turnkey projects installed quickly, we generally do not have the opportunity to develop a detailed user requirement specification. Their collaborative approach to working, understanding of our industry and applications, experience with similar projects and their bespoke approach to work ensured the successful delivery of the MCC's on time and to budget. I would whole heartedly recommend them for similar control, Automation and MCC / panel builds."
Proflo Engineering Ltd : Food industry MCC and Process Control.
Client comments on our Toshiba projects.
“We have used Total Automated Solutions for all of our Toshiba DCS & PLC related projects. Not only are they knowledgeable of the product, but also have the added benefit of providing a full commissioning service and after project support.”
“We continue to select Total Automation Solutions as a key project resource due to their widespread experience within UK industry. Their comprehensive knowledge within their specialist field upholds the ability to deliver turnkey projects, whilst ensuring continued innovation within the control & applications sector. Their “Total” Project Management approach provides clear communication throughout the various project stage gates which in turn results in the delivery of the project to meet our On Time and In Full (OTIF) demands”.
"We selected Total Automated Solutions for the project because, due to new process requirements for a new client, we did not have time to generate user requirement specifications. Their collaborative approach to working, understanding of our industry and applications, experience with similar projects and their bespoke approach to work ensured the successful delivery of the MCC's and process control solution on time and to budget complete with documentation and user manuals."
Total Automated Solutions’ (TAS) and their Director Mr Kevin Chapman conducted commissioning of Australia’s First IBA Processing Facility owned by Blue Phoenix Group.
Kevin and Total Automated Solutions have played a pivotal role in the successful construction of our pant in Western Australia, from the design and construction of our MCC, with exacting quality standard and pragmatic design ensuring that the MCC did exactly what was expected of it upon commissioning.
More importantly Blue Phoenix Western Australia, Managing Director, Ian Lynass said ‘ Kevin’s depth of knowledge and experience working closely with Peter Rumping (BPG EPC Manager) has enabled BPG to install and commission our plant on time and without any failures, his disciplined and pragmatic approach to the design and commissioning of our plant was the difference between success and failure, without this level of skill and quality and the willingness to go above and beyond, our project would have been delayed’.
Kevin provided exceptional support remotely in the lead up to commissioning via Teams and email over 12 months, without delay or complaint even when we needed his help late at night in the UK due to the time difference to Australia.
Total Automated Solutions delivered at a Quality Standard above their peers in Australia, the professional approach to our project delivered by Kevin is testament to why Blue Phoenix Group choose to partner with Total Automated Solutions.
Blue Phoenix Group first IBA Processing Facility in Australia