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JSI

Always connected, always sharp

Paper slitting machines from American machine builder JSI are well-connected indeed. By using HMS technology, JSI can remotely access and control the machine via the internet and also enable wired and wireless communication between different parts of the machine. All this allows JSI to offer an even more competitive and connected machine.
Providing our customers with a truly connected machine gives us an advantage as it allows for easier maintenance and lower service costs.
Aaron Bloy, Owner and Vice President of Operations
JSI

Summary

As the Industrial Internet of Things is moving from a concept to reality, American machine builder JSI in Georgia has found a smart and easy way to get their paper slitting machines connected. By using technology from HMS Industrial Networks, and system design by Millennium Controls, they have realized IIoT and built a truly connected machine.


The problem

The round slitter blades that cut the paper in JSI’s machines are extremely sharp and can be dangerous to handle manually. Therefore, JSI and Millennium Controls designed a robotic blade-changing system using a robotic arm from Fanuc Robotics.

The robot changes the sharp blades automatically, without operators having to touch them. Even if the blades can be changed automatically, operators still have to go up to the HMI of the machine which put them in close vicinity to the sharp blades. Therefore, JSI and Millennium Controls looked for a way to access the machine from a distance.

 

The solution

To access the machine remotely, JSI and Millennium Controls installed an eWON Cosy from HMS – a remote router which allows users to access the machine via the Internet to do machine monitoring or even programming and maintenance. This means that operators can change blades from a safe distance inside a plant or indeed from anywhere in the world.

With many moving parts in a machine, cabling can be difficult and cumbersome. By mounting an Anybus Wireless Bolt on the paper slitting machine, JSI can offer wireless communication between the PLC cabinet and different parts of the machine. The Wireless Bolt can communicate via Bluetooth, Bluetooth Low Energy and Wireless LAN enabling a very robust industrial wireless connection within a range of 100 meters.

The Allen Bradley PLC controlling the machine communicates uses EtherNet/IP —the preferred network of Rockwell Automation-based systems. The PLC communicates seamlessly with most other systems and components in the machine, but JSI wanted to use a stacklight to show the current status of the machine, and this stacklight used Modbus-TCP communication. To enable the stacklight to communicate on EtherNet/IP, Millennium Controls suggested HMS’s EtherNet/IP Linking Device, which acts as a translator between the stacklight and the PLC enabling them to communicate.


The results 

All in all, the implementation of the robotics and the HMS connectivity solutions took no more than 4 months and has provided JSI and their customers with several benefits.

“This is a project that we first developed as a showcase for the Rockwell Automation Fair 2016 in Atlanta, but this is already something we offer our customers going forward,” says Aaron Bloy, Owner and Vice President of Operations at JSI. “Providing our customers with a truly connected machine gives us an advantage as it allows for easier maintenance and lower service costs since both we and our customers can troubleshoot and do maintenance remotely.”