Motion Control Resources
Siemens Awarded Contract From Aylward Enterprises
Siemens Industry, Inc. Posted 04/20/2009
Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. announced recently that it has won a contract to work with Aylward Enterprises, LLC, a global pharmaceutical packaging company headquartered in New Bern, N.C., on the design of its new ACT 9000 Series Bottle Filler.
Aylward bottle filling machines are known not only for their impressive throughput, but also for their supreme accuracy in tablet integrity detection and counting. The Siemens controls on the ACT 9000 will increase the accuracy of pharmaceutical tablet measurements by 10 fold, and decrease the time required between measurements which will enhance these features. The system will also have unparalleled throughput for the cost.
The ACT 9000 is unique because it has a simplified mechanical design, reducing the number of components and overall machine costs as well as simplifying and shortening changeover tasks. After the successful completion of this project, Aylward plans to phase Siemens controls products into much of its standard equipment in the future because of its capabilities in motion control and reduced costs over competitors along with superior global support.
"We have chosen Siemens because they provide us with a scalable solution over the same software platform from our smallest blister feed equipment to our new ACT 9000, filling eighteen bottles per index," said Dana Waterman, CEO, Aylward Enterprises. "In addition to scalability, Siemens will enhance our tablet integrity inspection down to the micro-second with vastly reduced controls cost. In the end this will provide our customers with a lower cost of ownership."
The scope of the contract includes Siemens Simotion P350 motion controller, Sinamics S120 Booksize Compact drives, 1FK7 servo motors with Alpha planetary gearboxes and ET200S I/O components. The heart of the inspection system will be the Siemens high speed TM17 Sinamics I/O module. Siemens will also supply controls, power distribution and circuit protection components.
"This is Aylward's first project with Siemens controls and a testament to our ability to help our customers improve design and efficiency while reducing costs," said Raj Batra, vice president of the Automation and Motion Division at Siemens Energy & Automation. "We are committed to providing Aylward with the technology and support they need to meet the demands of their industry on this and any future projects."
Additionally, Siemens and its channel partner CCA will provide on-site training and engineering support during programming, start-up and factory acceptance testing. The two companies will also provide continued product and solution support throughout the life-cycle of the new ACT 9000.
Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. is one of Siemens' operating companies in the U.S. Headquartered in the Atlanta suburb of Alpharetta, Ga., Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. manufactures and markets one of the world's broadest ranges of electrical and electronic products, systems and services to industrial and construction market customers. Its technologies range from circuit protection and energy management systems to process control, industrial software and totally integrated automation solutions. The company also has expertise in systems integration, technical services and turnkey industrial systems.
Siemens AG is a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, and operates in the industry, energy and healthcare sectors. For more than 160 years, Siemens has built a reputation for leading-edge innovation and the quality of its products, services and solutions. With 428,000 employees in 190 countries, Siemens reported worldwide sales of $116.6B in fiscal 2008. With its U.S. corporate headquarters in New York City, Siemens in the USA reported sales of $22.4B and employs approximately 69,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico.