The company broke new ground with the development of the handling system, yet had little experience when it came to the control components. The special machine builder considered whether to enlist the help of an external control engineering company or to develop a solution themselves. The standardised control cabinet SST from Festo rendered this decision unnecessary, as it did not require programming in the conventional sense using programming knowledge. Simple parameterisation with a graphical user interface was all that was needed. It was thus possible to change and expand the processes in the machine at any time without much effort. “The SST enabled us to test processes directly at the machine without external control experts, and to keep refining them until we achieved the desired result”, explains Martin Straus, General Manager.
Standard, yet flexible
Martin Straus was able to concentrate fully on his core business and benefited from significant time and cost savings in the intensive development phase. Apart from the simple step sequence of the system, for which the SST is tailor-made, the compact control cabinet also provided solutions for functions that had not been planned beforehand, such as winding the finished band. “Even after the system was completed, I was impressed by the flexibility of the control system, with all of the necessary components in a standardised control cabinet”, says Straus.