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Integrated safety increases productivity by 20%

by avoiding unnecessary stops

The Spanish-based machine builder, Auxpama, has produced automated baking solutions for the food industry since 1982. The machines automate, on one production line, seven different bread making stages including stretching the dough, molding it, and pre-proofing it before it goes into an oven.

A couple of years ago, when the Sysmac platform was introduced, Auxpama decided to take advantage by using the motion control platform to also control the safety functions. Production of the Sysmac Safety Integrated bread making machine started in early 2014, and it was a decision that not only gave Auxpama significant time and cost savings, but also gave those advantages to its end customers.

As with most machine builders, each machine required some customization so it could answer the customer needs exactly. Before Sysmac, Auxpama’s safety control systems were completely separate from the motion control system and required separate PLCs that needed manual programming input. Obviously, by adopting Sysmac’s unified control platform, programming the safety control system instantly became much faster, and the company estimates that it can now program its safety control functions up to 30% faster. “Not only that,” says David Garcia, Technical Manager at Auxpama, “we also save significant time by avoiding complex wiring, now the safety I/O s can perform all the safety functions.”

Benefits at-a-glance

  • Improved safety
  • 30% fewer programming hours
  • 20% more productivity – fewer unnecessary stops
  • Better diagnostics for planned maintenance
  • Less wiring

Safety functions

  • Emergency stop
  • Safeguarding using non-contact switches (F3S-TGR-N)
  • Manual reset for all safety functions
  • PLr for all safety functions is “d”.