Process Automation & Controls
Food Manufacturing Plant Design, Upgrade and Maintenance
Process Automation & Controls (PAC) is an established provider of electrical, pneumatic, instrumentation and automation solutions for food and beverage production operations. The company specialises in the relocation of existing and new food and beverage production lines, as well as performs upgrades. PAC manages the entire installation, from piping and instrumentation diagram (P&ID) preparation of installation overviews, switchboard design/construction, factory lighting, installation, commissioning and production start-up support.
Design services for food and beverage plant upgrades
PAC uses its considerable electrical background to provide clear and concise computer-aided design (CAD) drawings to prepare clients for a plant upgrade or construction of a customised turnkey system. The company uses Auto-CAD, E-Plan and Promise-E software to present plans, including single-line diagrams, schematics, cable schedules and parts listings. The company designs and installs AS4024-compliant safety systems and is authorised by Pilz Safe Automation. PAC also installs supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and human-machine interface (HMI) systems as part of plant modernisation projects. The company’s engineering staff specialise in installing Citect, Wonderware and Factory Talk View systems. These offer a flexible operator environment for quick asset review and support the efficient production of high-quality food and drink products.
PLC programming solutions for the food manufacturing industry
PAC programmes and integrates PLC software to existing production lines as part of its facility upgrading service. This is supported by breakdown, fault finding and rectification solutions. The company has experience working with a wide range of PLC systems, from Allen Bradley to Siemens, Omron, Modicon, Mitsubishi and Direct Logic. The firm ensures that systems are installed quickly and efficiently to reduce downtime. These solutions are available with hard and soft documentation such as rung comments, input / output (I/O) tagging and cross-referencing to ensure that clients receive a consistently high-quality service for PLC automation. PAC configures communication protocols, including Ethernet, Devicenet, Controlnet, Modbus, DH+ and DH485.
Process automation maintenance for storage and product handling
PAC offers calibration contracts to ensure production equipment is working effectively. The company’s technicians accurately calibrate devices measuring temperature, pressure, flow, weight and density to meet the regulatory requirements of the food industry. The company’s equipment is checked and certified annually against National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) devices. PAC has been an authorised service agent for Fuji-Ace palletising robots for more than a decade. These machines help PAC’s clients meet high production quotas by offering increased output and uptimes, reduced product damage and reliability.
Food manufacturing plant breakdown service
PAC delivers cost-effective electrical repair for production plants. The company has access to a wide range of spare parts for quick rectification and reduced downtime. With eight well-equipped service vehicles and experienced staff, PAC offers 24/7 support for automation, computer numerical control (CNC) machines, printing presses and manufacturing lines.