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MULTIVAC Line Control

Machine control and operation throughout the whole line

 

MULTIVAC Line Control (MLC) enables MULTIVAC lines to be operated particularly efficiently. This includes the functions throughout the whole line for starting, stopping, running up and running empty, as well as changing recipes. MLC makes line operation significantly easier and minimises potential operating errors, as well as ensuring reliable and reproducible processes are achieved. It offers the basis for the simple linking of a packaging line to our customers' ERP, MES, MRP or PPS systems.

MULTIVAC Line Control (MLC) is an innovative solution which makes the control and operation of lines extremely easy and much more efficient.

Frequently reoccurring procedures, such as starting, stopping, running up, running empty and changing recipes, become standardised and reproducible processes throughout the whole line thanks to MLC.
Operators benefit from significantly shorter walking distances, as well as simple and rapid operating functions that can be performed faultlessly and reliably. The result is a significantly higher level of availability throughout the whole line, as well as minimising operating errors. Thanks to the provision of all the relevant process data, MULTIVAC Line Control is also the ideal basis for optional digital services, such as the analysis of overall equipment effectiveness.

MULTIVAC Line Control offers the basis for the simple linking of a packaging line to our customers' ERP, MES, MRP or PPS systems.

Running the line up to full operation

After the main switches on all components of the line have been activated, a line recipe for the whole packaging line can be selected centrally at any control terminal (HMI 3). Each component of the line automatically receives the appropriate recipe suggestion, which is then confirmed by the operator, after any necessary set-up procedures have been completed manually.

MULTIVAC Line Control makes it significantly more efficient and reliable to run the line up to full operation. It is not only the fact that walking distances are reduced for the operator, the time involved in loading individual recipes for each machine is also saved. Recipe management throughout the whole line also automatically ensures the correct recipes are always used.

It is only when all the components of the line are ready for operation that MLC makes it possible for the packaging line to start. In this way, potential sources of errors are also minimised.

Starting and stopping the line

Using MULTIVAC Line Control, the whole line can be started and stopped centrally at any control terminal (HMI 2, HMI 3). When the line is stopped, every line module goes automatically to "Stopped" status.

MULTIVAC Line Control makes the starting and stopping of packaging lines a controlled process, and this in turn makes it significantly simpler and faster. In addition to time savings and shorter walking distances for the operator, the availability of the whole line is also increased.

Recipe change throughout the whole line

By using MULTIVAC Line Control, the desired line recipe can be selected centrally at any control terminal (HMI 3). Each component of the line automatically receives the appropriate recipe suggestion, which is then confirmed by the operator, after any necessary set-up procedures have been completed manually.

Checklists can also be depicted in the machine control for manual set-up tasks, which have to be performed by the operator and confirmed at the control terminal. By using MULTIVAC Line Control, recipe changes for the line become significantly faster and more reliable. It is not only the fact that walking distances are reduced for the operator, the time involved in loading individual recipes for each machine is also saved. This also ensures the recipe change is performed correctly at each machine, at the same time.
Recipe management throughout the whole line also automatically guarantees the correct product data; for example, is also used. This would typically include the correct print layouts and print data - a potentially critical source of errors by operators if incorrect, which can lead to high levels of time and effort for reworking, or even actual product returns.

Overview of line status

Overview of line status within MULTIVAC Line Control is used to identify and localise quickly and reliably the cause of unplanned line stoppages, which could, for example, arise from lack of material. Other potential causes of downtime, such as the triggering of safety circuits or monitoring sensors, can be localised very efficiently through overview of line status. By using MULTIVAC Line Control, the process of eliminating typical production faults can also be accelerated and made much easier. In addition to time savings for the operator, the availability of the line is optimised and production targets achieved more reliably. Thanks to the differentiated machine statistics, there is also a better database for analysis of overall equipment effectiveness.

 

Running the line empty

By using MULTIVAC Line Control, a packaging line can be run empty at any time and on any control terminal (HMI 3) in a very controlled manner. All the products and packs currently in the line, are run out of the complete line under controlled conditions. All the packs undergo the remaining process stages in the line. The line modules then go automatically to "Complete" status, and the line is ready for end of shift or a change of product or recipe.

MULTIVAC Line Control makes the process of running empty lines a controlled process, and this in turn makes it particularly simple and reliable. In addition to time savings and shorter walking distances for the operator, this MLC function also assists in the particularly efficient preparation for product changes. Thanks to the differentiated machine statistics, there is also a better database for analysis of overall equipment effectiveness.

MULTIVAC Line Control

  • Line start/stop
  • Integrated recipe management
  • Integrated line control
  • Modular structure provides additional customised applications

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