The sudden outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic has caused many companies to switch their production to personal protective equipment (PPE) for medical staff and citizens. So did Sarem, a plastic pipe extrusion line manufacturer, with ABB’s and project partner Halici’s support.
Sarem Makina pipe extrusion lines
Sarem uses a growing number of f components like PLCs, HMIs, motors and low voltage products. The company decided to use ABB products because they offer superior control – this is a real USP in the highly competitive pipe market: When everyone is focusing on low costs, low energy consumption, low maintenance requirements and fast production, very precise control of the machine and the process are essential success factors. ABB makes this possible.
|Industry||Plastic pipe extrusion lines|
Up to 80 surgical masks per minute are produced
The Covid-19 pandemic spread so suddenly and widely in the spring of 2020 that the global production of personal protective equipment could no longer keep up with the increased demand. Sarem Makina used its broad experience with producing high-precision, high-speed pipe extrusion lines to create a surgical mask production line.
The production line works with three rolls of non-woven fabric. The machine aligns the fabric into three layers. Nose wires and ear bands are automatically cut, inserted and welded by ultrasonic welding. They are also counted and palletized. The production line is able to produce 70 to 80 masks per minute.
“We decided from the start that we would only use highest-quality components from the best companies to avoid any failures or problems. And one of those suppliers was ABB.”
AC500 PLC system modularity and flexible system configuration are the perfect fit for the production line
In addition to several ABB drives, servo drives, and motion control elements, Sarem installed an ABB PLC from the AC500 product series. The heart of this system was the processor module PM573 together with several input and output modules from the same product family (FM562, DI524, DO524, DI561, AO561, AI523, DC551-CS31).
The PLC and hence all the input factors can be controlled via the user-friendly control panel CP607 from the CP600-eCo series. The entire setup was established, configured and commissioned by Turkey-based ABB channel partner HALICI Group.