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Controls and Automation

Controls and Automation

Descon Electrical Controls Team play a big role in the development of each plant layout design. The width of conveyor, location and number of transfers, distance between machine centers are all electrical questions, not mechanical. If an engineered layout considers the needs of electrical controls from the onset, the end goal is not difficult to reach.

This is our strength. This is what we do best.

Our team of automation experts know container handling and the integration of packaging machinery. We apply the science of accumulation and machine reaction time to ensure the entire system operates as one cohesive unit.

Our Electrical Controls Engineering Team think of themselves as the central nervous system of the line, understanding and appreciating their impact on the outcome. We understand equipment interfacing, integration between machine centers and generation of clean software code that works. We document our systems so that they are easy to follow, understand and troubleshoot.

Controls and Automation Features

Centralized Motor Control

  • Motor control and VFD panel is separate from PLC panel.
  • PLC panel is less than 50V, no need for arc flash PPE.
  • Climate controlled panel ensures long component life.
  • Clean installation of VFDs provide for easy troubleshooting.

Distributed Motor Control

  • Main control panel is small and does not require panel cooling.
  • Power distribution panel is separate from PLC control panel.
  • PLC panel is less than 50V, no need for arc flash PPE.
  • Industrial frequency drives with onboard I/O are located at the motor and pre-wired prior to shipping saving valuable time during installation.
  • Simple cable system with 24V plug-and-play devices connect directly to the VFD.
  • Electrical noise due to cable length is eliminated.  
  • Modular approach to conveying, controls and software producing consistency.

Integrated Electrical Wireway

  • Wireway is part of the conveyor system, engineered to fit conveyors providing superior strength and clean lines.
  • Wireway is pre-mounted to conveyor prior to shipping to save valuable time during installation at the customers site.

Plug & Play Cable Systems

This plug-and-play approach works. Reducing installation time lines and start-ups are quick.  If Descon does more work in the factory, there is less work to do in the field. This generally means cost savings for you.

Software & Documentation

  • Control narratives are developed well before the generation of PLC software.   Line optimization is the top of our list.
  • All Descon software comes with standard software to ensure motors stop when line operation is halted.
  • Electrical schematics are developed using SolidWorks Electrical.
  • Standard drawing packages can be issued quickly so we can get working on installation pricing and finalize budgets.