PLC Programmer

 

I am a PLC programmer with over 25 years experience working with all types of PLC. I am based in the Midlands and so ideally located to help where ever you are in the UK or the rest of the world. I have worked in many different industries including Automotive, Cold Rolled Steel, Rubber and Tyres, Food and Beverage, Industrial cleaning, Conveyors, Automated Warehouse. If you have a machine or process that has broken down, needs modifying or if you need a new program or control system. I can help!

If you need a PLC programmer contact me now. Email:  alan@plcprogrammer.co.uk   Call: 0845 838 7048

Any Application, Any Industry, Anywhere

 
 

PLC Programming

  • Rockwell / Allen Bradley
  • Mitsubishi
  • Omron
  • Siemens
  • KOYO / Direct Logic
  • Telemecanique

 

 

 

 Services

  • New PLC Programs
  • PLC Program modification
  • Contract PLC Programming
  • PLC & Control system fault finding
  • New control systems
  • Control system upgrades
  • Sourcing / Supplying obsolete & legacy equipment

 

 

 Industries Including

  • Automotive
  • Cold Roll Formimng
  • Rubber & Tyre
  • Tube Forming
  • Brewing & Food Production
  • Building Control
  • Conveyors & Packaging

 

 

 
 

Recent Projects

 
 

Cheese Conveyor is Running Again.
A large producer of premium cheese products called us in as their conveyor processing cheese slices had ceased to function.

We were able to recover the program from the Schneider Electric Twido PLC which had failed. Fitting a replacement PLC and installing the recovered program got the line running again quickly.

 

If you need a PLC programmer contact me now. Email:  alan@plcprogrammer.co.uk   Call: 0845 838 7048

Any Application, Any Industry, Anywhere

 

 
 

Wardrobe Assembly Line Upgrade
We have just completed the upgrade of a production line producing wardrobes and cabinets for some of the UK's largest retailers.

The production line is based upon an Omron CP1L PLC with expansion modules. We were called in to sort out some positioning issues which often resulted in damage to cabinets and also produced  health and safety problems for the operators working on the line.

We were able to diagnose and rectify the main issues on the day, resetting sensor angular positions to obtain consistent sensing results regardless of the colour of the wardrobe and some small modifications to the sequencing in the PLC Program. We made a  return visit after we suggested further improvements to aid the operators and reduce the possibility for damage.

If you need a PLC programmer contact me now. Email:  alan@plcprogrammer.co.uk   Call: 0845 838 7048

Any Application, Any Industry, Anywhere

 
 

Nescafe Coffee Jar Lid Sorter

We have just completed programming a conveyor system that accepts injection moulded Nescafe coffee Jar Lids, and orientates them ready to be assembled and fitted to jars of Nescafe coffee.

The control system consisted of  the new Mitsubishi FX3s  processor, programmed via GX Works2 (part of IQ Works) a GOT2104 HMI and multiple Mitsubishi inverters. The PLC communicated with each of the inverters through RS485 on a addon communication module using Mitsubishi Inverter Communication Protocol.

Aswell as hopper level control the system detected incorrectly orientated coffee jar lids and ejected them before streaming them onto a single conveyor to go onto assembly.

The HMI was programmed using GT Desigenr to allow all the functionality of the system to be adjusted by the customers engineer, these settings were protected via password. The HMI also displayed system messages and current status of the machine.

If you need a PLC programmer contact me now. Email:  alan@plcprogrammer.co.uk   Call: 0845 838 7048

Any Application, Any Industry, Anywhere

 
 

Jaguar Landrover Just in Time Systems

We have just completed work on four Just in Time (JITs) delivery systems at Jaguar Landrover in Solihull UK. The Rockwell Guard Logix based systems fully automate the removal of parts from lorry trailers and facilitate the delivery to the point of fit on the production line for the new Range Rover Sport. 

Three JIT’s systems were installed,

Instrument Panels, Seat Sets and Bumpers – Each part is delivered pre-assembled by articulated lorry trailers that have conveyor systems installed to interface with the Rockwell Guard Logix JIT’s DCP PLC Control system. Variable numbers are delivered in production sequence and are transferred out of the trailer and onto a mezzanine deck in the roof space via Drop Section (Lift) before being transferred to the fit point via turntables, shuttles, conveyors and lifts. The Rockwell GuardLogix PLC control systems operate without manual intervention following the lorry drivers press of the start button.

All new PLC systems within Jaguar Landrover are now programmed using DCP which is a controlled programming standard to ensure consistency across all equipment. Diagnostic Control Programming (DCP) is also used by the Ford Motor Company. Multiple GuardLogix PLC processors are housed in central PLC racks within PLC Panels, all Inputs, Outputs (I/O), Inverters etc are connected to the PLC Processors via Ethernet through ENet cards. Operators and maintenance personnel are able to operate the plant via CMU’s (HMI’s / Operator Interfaces) these are Allen Bradley Versaview units, multiple Versview’s are used on each system to allow convenient access to controls. The DCP programming standard also standardises the operator interface where the focus is on diagnostic text rather than graphics.

If you need a PLC programmer contact me now. Email:  alan@plcprogrammer.co.uk   Call: 0845 838 7048

 
 
 
 
 
 

Jaguar Landrover Body in White Body Store

Working on a contract basis, we formed part of the PLC Programming / Commissioning team for the brand new car body store at Jaguar Landrover in Solihull.

The system, built over 4 floors is able to store 1200 car bodies, sequence them into production order and retrieve them to send them into paint. The system which has 5 Rockwell Allen Bradley GuardLogix 1756-L73S processors and 30 PanelView Plus 1250 HMI's  interfaces with JLR's manufacturing system to ensure that the correct bodies are in the correct place at all times. The panelView devices were programmed using Rockwells FactoryTalk View Studio software.

All motion, Rollerbeds, Roller Chains, Conveyors, TurnTables, Scissor Lifts, Transporters and Drop Sections is carried out by SEW MOVIFIT FDC and SEW MOVIPRO inverters which are mounted locally to each motor. Configuration of the SEW devices was carried out utilising Movitools Motion Studio.

The PLC sequences the motion via Ethernet IP. All I/O is also mounted in the field. As with all new projects at JLR the PLC's were programmed complying to JLR's DCP programming standard. As preperation for this job I completed the Rockwell DCP programming training course and Rockwells GuardLogix Safety PLC programming course.

If you need a PLC programmer contact me now. Email:  alan@plcprogrammer.co.uk   Call: 0845 838 7048

Any Application, Any Industry, Anywhere