Mixed feed, that is, feed consisting of at least two individual feedstuffs, is formulated so that it covers the specific nutritional requirements of the various farm animals or pets. That’s why the production of these compound feeds focuses mainly on adding micro-components. Minerals and vitamins must be measured out precisely and weighed before they can be mixed with the macro components.
BHS Control Systems proved to be the perfect partner to implement a new micro-component dosing system at the production site of a feed producer in Upper Bavaria. The control system for the entire plant was replaced and the control software was updated in addition to the separate machine being functionally integrated into the production plant. The challenge was that all of these measures took place largely in parallel. This meant that the software had to be compatible with both the old and the new control system.
BHS Control Systems always implements individually customized control solutions for its customers – and this ambitious project was no exception. As a Solution Partner of Siemens, it uses the fully scalable WinCC Open Architecture software as part of this. Thanks to WinCC OA, the software update, which was performed at the same time, was compatible with both the old and the new control system, meaning there were no long production downtimes. Furthermore, BHS Control Systems took care of the complete commissioning, including the cabling for the plant and the control cabinets. With numerous libraries for animal feed production, the manufacturer will also be able to quickly and easily ensure the compatibility of ingredients and additives in the future.