The first step in most rubber manufacturing processes is compounding. Compound rubber requires the accurate batching of ingredients together for further process. Most often to produce a rubber compound a combination of plastic resin (pellets, flakes, powders, or liquid) is combined with other materials, including liquids and/or bulk solid materials. Sterling Systems & Controls, Inc. designed and supplied a customized batching system for a rubber compounding application where industrial hoses and fittings are manufactured.
This rubber batching system includes a minor ingredient batching system, a hand-add semi-automatic hand-add batching system, dust collection, automatic indexing of totes (also provided by Sterling Systems & Controls) and a state-of-the-art automation control system including standard Allen Bradley PanelView+ touchscreen HMI’s and PLC, and a Sterling Systems customized FactoryTalk ME software application. Electrical controls are also provided.
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