ABRU Rivet Cell

Founded in 1968, Abru is a leading supplier of access equipment to the DIY and home improvement industry. Based at Belper in Derbyshire, Abru turn to Core Control Solutions for on-going support with improvement projects and reactive maintenance.

In 2012 Core Control Solutions were awarded a contract to upgrade the control system of one of Abru’s aluminium step ladder production machines. The upgrade was necessary as the existing Isograph control system was obsolete and any major faults or breakdowns could have proved catastrophic and halted production for many weeks, as spares were non existent.

The scope of works included;

  • System design
  • Production of new control station comprising Compactlogix PLC and PV1000 HMI
  • DeviceNet network
  • Point IO in 5 locations on the machine
  • All associated site wiring
  • Complete FAT including a full machine simulation programme
  • Commissioning and Site Acceptance Test

To minimise disruption to production the machine was only shut down for 3 weeks over the Christmas period, Our engineers worked around the clock through the holiday period to ensure that the normal production plans were not affected.

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