In October 2021, SONOCO Kilkis GR, in collaboration with SAEL, have successfully installed a complete machine drive of its Board Machine. The investment is the Fourth application in Water Cooling Drive performed by SAEL with a very high ROI because of save energy. SONOCO’s decision to appoint SAEL to change the drive and automation system was driven by the objective of consolidating equipment and control philosophy across the process.
Sonoco’s Management Team of Yiannis Tsakiridis and George Kapetanakis stated that Sael’s belief of “giving the customer the ONE and only solution for all their challenges” was a key driver in the selection process.
The ONE solution not only saves time and money but also provides the most up to date and revolutionary technology existing in the market. Included with the new DCS Scalink are two 22-inch screens installed in 2 different engineering stations -with redundancy system integrated- inside the mill.
In addition, new control desks have been installed along the board machine, which provide a completely new prospect and dynamic to the machine Operators and who now have the possibility to control the entire process, from stock approach to the Pope reel. In the future, it will also be possible to integrate other PLC control loops within the DCS Scalink which will present the opportunity to fully integrate stock preparation, vacuum and steam system controls etc. In this way, SAEL will be able to provide the possibility to gather and control site wide information via one system and ultimately deliver the ability to optimise performance across the entire process.