Metcam, a manufacturing company in Alpharetta, specializes in custom sheet metal fabrication serving a diverse industrial base, including commercial HVAC, healthcare, electronics, automotive, food service and air filtration. Production control at Metcam is handled at a large central area with offices around the perimeter. The walls are scattered with white boards, schedules, calendars, bulletin boards, literature boxes, and the plant's supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) monitor. The company made efforts to substantially increase sales improvements in many areas. Plans focused first on areas where the largest returns would be recognized, such as the finishing department. The finishing line includes a five-stage industrial parts washer, multiple powder coating booths, and drying and curing ovens. After mapping I/O points, a DL260 programmable logic controller was selected as the main processor. A C-more 15-in. industrial touch screen was selected for the HMI. KepDirect was selected as the OPC server and Lookout Direct as the SCADA client.
|Specialist publication||Control Engineering|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Dec 2009|