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Eaton brings Industry 4.0 to Turri's bakery machines

Solutions for specific production needs, with high levels of performance and flexibility

Italian Turri F.lli srl, which has been designing and manufacturing machines for bakeries, pasta factories, pastry shops and pizzerias since 1960, has chosen the American multinational Eaton to automate and digitize the bakery systems, enable the remote control and management of the machines and reduce their unwanted stops. Turri specializes in the development of machinery for important producers and sub-producers in the pasta and bakery sector. The company is therefore called upon to comply with very high quality requirements, addressing the challenges posed by today's food industry: among these, the need to sustain continuous production cycles, which however require variety and flexibility, even in extreme temperature conditions.

Eaton studied Turri's needs and worked to identify a smart, cutting-edge and customer-based solution that would allow the integration of new levels of automation and 4.0 flexibility on the machines, capable of optimizing production and supporting every phase of the process: from ''implementation of software management, up to assistance, also thanks to the collaboration with a specialized system integrator, the customer had a single interlocutor available to complete the entire project. “We have already worked with Eaton in the past, appreciating the quality and reliability of the support: for this reason we have had no doubts in reconfirming our trust in them. When dealing with large production volumes, it is necessary to make use of competent and innovative partners: in the event of machine malfunctions, in fact, the economic losses would be considerable and this is a risk that our customers cannot afford", declared Andrea Saggioro, CEO of Turri F.lli.

Eaton therefore proposed to implement a system that sends the production batch and the recipe to be processed to the Eaton XV300 Plc. On the basis of the acquired recipe, the PLC sets the various parameters of the production line, including hopper emptying speed, die thickness, number of passes, rotation speed of the rollers and conveyor of the belts. Finally, the process is optimized by the advanced graphics of the Hmi XV300 Plc, which allows operations to be loaded very quickly, even when it comes to detailed pages.

In the production line, the motors of the machine are controlled by 60 Eaton type De11 inverters connected in Canbus which, together with the Plc, allow the customer to always have full control of thermal protection, number of working hours, absorbed current, speed. and consumption of each single engine. The company's IT system can access all operating parameters, as well as integrate the rolling and molding line into the production management automation set, in full compliance with Industry 4.0 regulations. The solution provided Turri with effective support in its digital transformation path, which translated into concrete benefits from the point of view of process and cost management. In the event of problems, the software of the central system receives alerts that indicate the failure with precision: the maintenance technician can therefore act on the production line at the exact point, avoiding wasting time, unwanted machine downtime and consequent repercussions from an economic point of view.

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