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March 16, 2022 | Modernization of the Interquell feed mill is complete

March 16, 2022 | Modernization of the Interquell feed mill is complete

Interquell is a long-established family-owned company that produces high-quality food and animal feed products at three sites in the Augsburg region, Germany.

March 16, 2022 | Modernization of the Interquell feed mill is complete

In the fall of 2021, Interquell – based in the Augsburg region of Germany – successfully completed connecting all of its machinery to the modern control solution from BHS Control Systems. This harmonizes the entire production process – from the delivery of raw materials to shipping. BHS Control Systems has been Interquell’s partner in control technology for ten years. The successful partnership paved the way for additional projects at a total of three sites.

Since 1765, the traditional family-owned company Interquell has been producing high-quality food products as well as animal feed at various sites. Their headquarters is in Wehringen, Germany, where feed is now produced on five production lines. Interquell produces food in Grossaitingen and mainly conducts tests at the Bobingen site.

Their product portfolio has grown steadily – and their machine landscape along with it. Ten years ago, the company decided to partner with BHS Control Systems to gain the ability to produce according to modern standards. After the first joint successes, it was clear that Interquell also wanted BHS Control Systems to help them modernize the entire plant control system one step at a time.

Merging the heterogeneous machine landscape

Whether extruders, mills, packaging machines or goods receiving, every process step and machine at Interquell had different control systems due to the company’s long history. A new, homogeneous system had to meet the customer’s high demands in terms of future viability. Werner Bobach, Production Manager at Interquell, sums it all up: “When we were choosing a partner for the control system, the most important thing for us was good and ongoing cooperation. Our systems must always be up to date in order to ensure modern, effective production processes and to meet our strict, proprietary quality assurance requirements.”

After ten years of cooperation with BHS-Sonthofen, a major milestone has now been reached. In September 2021, the last two older control systems were replaced with the solution from BHS Control Systems. Now the entire plant in Wehringen has a consistent operating system. “Each control system had to be operated differently, so this final switch to a uniform operating concept represents a reduction in workload for our employees – they can now be put to work anywhere, and initial training for new colleagues has become easier,” explains Bobach.

Other innovations and sites

Three more projects with BHS Control Systems are lined up for the coming months. Interquell also plans to connect new machinery to the BHS control system and retrofit older machinery at both the Bobingen and Grossaitingen sites, as well as at the main plant in Wehringen. In doing so, BHS Control Systems is to be fully integrated into the entire process – receiving raw materials, grinding, screening, conveying, extrusion, drying, coating and packaging.

This is essential to the traceability of the manufacturing process and, in addition to identifying a faulty batch, opens up many other options for process optimization. Ulrich Leinauer, software engineer at BHS Control Systems, explains the new possibilities: “If a problem occurs with the final product, each individual work step is traceable, including the machine and the parameters used. This makes it possible for errors to be identified, corrected and avoided in the long term.”

An industry-specific solution and optimal support

For the mills’ control systems, BHS Control Systems uses industry-specific solutions based on programmable logic controllers (PLC) to deliver transparent process visualization and an intuitive operating concept. The base technology is the open and fully scalable WinCC OA software from Siemens, which is supplemented by numerous libraries for feed production or mill operation. Thanks to these libraries, things such as the compatibility of ingredients can also be ensured in addition to traceability.

Whether it be regular updates or quick and straightforward help with spontaneously occurring problems, the ongoing support of the control system provider is just as important as the software being used. Solutions must be found quickly in order to keep operations running as smoothly as possible. As the scope of the project has increased, so have the demands on the project management team and support staff. “We and our customer are growing together, allowing us to contribute to their success in the long term,” says Leinauer.

May 4, 2021 | BHS-Sonthofen offers control solutions for complete recycling plants

May 4, 2021 | BHS-Sonthofen offers control solutions for complete recycling plants

The Win CC Open Architecture interface architecture enables BHS Control Systems to create a high-quality foundation for custom control solutions.

May 4, 2021 | BHS-Sonthofen offers control solutions for complete recycling plants

BHS-Sonthofen now offers turnkey control systems for complete plants in the field of recycling and environment thanks to the newly founded BHS Control Systems GmbH & Co. KG. The customer receives complete solutions tailored to their needs, including recycling, control, and automation technology from a single source. BHS provides assistance in transferring the control system to modern systems.

“A lot of companies currently use control systems and software that providers no longer support,” explains Steffen Kämmerer, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at BHS-Sonthofen and Managing Director of BHS Control Systems. “That is why we are seeing an increasing demand for control solutions when it comes to expanding or modernizing existing recycling plants.” BHS provides an especially high level of safety and flexibility both in the modernization of systems and in new plants thanks to its efficient and open solutions.

BHS-Sonthofen significantly expanded its service portfolio in the area of control and automation technology with the acquisition of Thoma Elektrosteuerungsanlagen GmbH from Babenhausen on 1 January 2020. Using its more than 30 years of experience and expertise as a basis, the Group now also offers customers engineering, supply, and design services for turnkey plant control systems for major projects in the recycling industry. BHS takes care of installation and commissioning and also provides user support and training.

Customers benefit from the open interface architecture. “Win CC Open Architecture is an open and scalable system that enables a wide range of components to be integrated smoothly and it is suitable for both small and large plants,” explains Kämmerer. BHS uses this as the foundation for custom solutions. The customer can expand the plant as required without the need for major investment in interface management. From a simple small system to a complex high-end system, the architecture is highly adaptable.

Win CC Open Architecture is also platform neutral and runs on Windows, Linux, Android, and iOS. The system has proven itself to be extremely efficient when being used in everything from user guidance to system connection. BHS develops the individual components of its automation and control technology at its site in Babenhausen near Memmingen, Germany, in exact line the customer’s individual requirements. BHS Control Systems is already implementing a project in the processing of lithium-ion batteries for the Recycling & Environment division of BHS.

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