Sure-Fresh Produce, Inc installed a new food processing line comprising several pieces of large equipment (including a sorter, a blancher, and a freezer tunnel), which were furnished by various manufacturers. Prior to this project, Sure-Fresh did not have a SCADA system to monitor production line efficiencies, power usage, water usage, etc. Because the market has become more competitive, however, the company identified the need to capture this data as a means to help improve efficiency and productivity.
Because the existing facility did not implement a centralized SCADA system, Cannon recommended that the client start with a basic SCADA infrastructure, which would allow for expansion at a pace that didn’t exceed budgetary and staffing tolerances. We recommended that Sure Fresh standardize its SCADA equipment on Allen-Bradley Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) for three main reasons: 1) Allen-Bradley provides a strong and healthy local support community; 2) it is a quality product with longevity, and 3) the cost of labor associated with integrating multiple pieces of purpose-built equipment into a single SCADA system is much lower when the hardware and software systems are standardized around Allen Bradley and Rockwell specifications.
Cannon provided design, installation, and start-up service of Sure Fresh’s SCADA System, including servers, network infrastructure, FactoryTalk SE Server, FactoryTalk OPC Server, and FactoryTalk Historian.
Important Engineering Features
- Cannon designed a basic SCADA infrastructure.
- Cannon standardized Sure Fresh Produce’s SCADA equipment on Allen-Bradley Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs).
- Allen-Bradley provides a strong and healthy local support community.
- Labor cost associated with integrating multiple pieces of equipment into a single SCADA system is lower.
- The project allowed for the capturing of SCADA data, which enables increased production and lower overhead.