Last week of the Global Cycle September 2020 challenge and Team Elite still competing for that top spot!
So far, our team have cycled a total of 867 miles, ranking #1 in West Lothian for companies of similar size, and #14 nationally. We are also #27 worldwide.
The 1000 mile mark is within touching distance so well done everybody and keep it up!
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Following the successful completion of a project last year for a major manufacturer based in Slovakia, Elite were asked to further enhance and expand the client’s control system. The original control system in the new state of the art plant, produces the syrup that is used for the manufacturing of kitchen sinks.
The original control panel design, PLC software programming and designing of the HMI Screens were carried out at Elite’s site in Livingston, with a site visit to Slovakia needed for the on-site commissioning.
The commissioning phase for the system expansion proved to be quite a challenge due to the critical nature of the existing process. Any code modifications or additions had to be performed in a 2-hour window, as this was the maximum permitted downtime.
The entire expansion project lasted around 3 months from initial development to commissioning.
The original hardware used for this work was based on Rockwell’s standard and safety Compactlogix PLC’s.
Linked via Ethernet, these PLC’s were expanded to accommodate the additional control requirements.
Due to the existing installation being an Elite-developed solution, the development for the expansion became much more streamlined and this definitely helped the control expansion to run smoothly.
The successful outcome of this work means that our customer has now doubled their manufacturing capabilities when compared to the previous layout of the plant.
Go Elite! Go Green, Go get fit and, keep it Going!
Week 2 of the September Global Bike Challenge and a solid start made. The Team currently rank #1 in West Lothian, #3 Worldwide for companies in the Engineering and Manufacturing sector and #25 all companies in Scotland.
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Following many years of operation, the Siemens S5-based PLC used at out clients’ site was becoming ever more difficult to maintain. Replacement parts were also becoming more and more difficult to source, due to the length of time the PLC had been deemed as being obsolete. In addition, fault finding on the old system was very problematic. Upon an occurrence of a fault, it was very difficult to determine the root cause of the issue. Due to the critical nature of the system, there typically wasn’t time to request Elite to attend site and help to determine the cause. Elite was asked to provide a more modern, upgraded solution incorporating a new PLC and HMI.
The solution implemented has incorporated the use of a Siemens S7-1500 Series PLC. This was programmed using the latest Siemens TIA Portal software with integrated Advanced Safety features.
The existing PLC code was migrated in stages from STEP5, to STEP7 Classic, and then to TIA Portal. In addition, the HMI was further enhanced and programmed to receive system messages related to the exact cause of fault events. These were then presented for display on the alarms mimic.
Our client has achieved the goal of their project, and can now identify various faults with ease given the capabilities of the modernised system. In addition, due to the relevance of the upgraded system, all spares can be sourced with ease and cost effectiveness. It should also be noted that the reliability of the system has also been improved significantly.
Elite is once again proud to offer a ground-breaking solution to one of its key customers and look forward to new challenges in the future.
Despite everything, a huge well done to Eleanor, Jacqueline and Gracia for making sure that despite the lockdown, the Easter Bunny still managed to get out (Big thank you to Dawn at CCL Logistics too) and find all the Elite team and their families this Easter!
There are clearly many amazing sacrifices going on around the world just now but, sometimes it’s easy to overlook the work of many others doing their own wee bit to keep the country running. The Elite team are still supporting and helping make sure that many industries across the UK remain supported and functioning. That includes some of our engineers still supporting and going out 24×7 to help many well-known companies and industries that touch virtually everyone of us. Thank you team, and a special thanks back to the Mackay family from all of us in the team for your unwavering support.
Very proud to be working with every one of you.
Be safe and, Happy Easter from all of us at Elite!
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Centre for Engineering Education and Development CeeD is the national body supporting a range of industry sectors in Scotland, bound together by a common aspiration to improve operational eﬃciency, eﬀectiveness and ultimately proﬁt through Peer to Peer knowledge exchange.
At the Glasgow Hilton CeeD Industry Awards ceremony 2020, Elite Controls won the highly prized Cyber Resilience Award. Elite’s Colin Crosbie exemplary work in this area impressed the panel judges who specifically cited our contribution to keeping the infrastructure of our many clients safe and secure.
Feeling very proud and a huge well done to everyone at Team Elite for making this happen.
The Build Up..
Bill, Colin, Brian and Sam