PROFINET switches from Helmholz with EREMA

EREMA Group build machines and systems with a very long service life and always have an eye on the future. Which is why this specialist for plastic recycling systems has trusted in PROFINET since the introduction of the latest control system generation, using switches from Helmholz that play a central role in the realization of the corresponding of the machine networks.

Innovation meets robustness

For EREMA, as a provider of the corresponding solutions, this means, as formulated by Markus Steininger-Arbeithuber, Software Engineer at EREMA (: “Our target group attaches a great importance to the durability of their systems. Thus, it doesn’t always have to be the latest technology, but it must function well and be robust.” Given the very long service life for which the machines and systems of EREMA are designed, the software engineer thereby always has an eye on the future: what we build today still needs to meet all requirements in 15 or 20 years.”

EREMA converted the control system technology for all systems around three years ago from Profibus to future capable Industrial Ethernet; more precisely, to PROFINET, because around PROFINET switches from Helmholz with EREMA future-proof machine networks, build machines and systems with a very long service life, always have an eye on the future. Which is why the Austrian specialist for plastic recycling systems has trusted in PROFINET since the introduction of the latest control system generation. In the meantime there are more than 6,500 EREMA systems being used around the globe, which annually produce a total of more than 14.5 million tons of plastic granulate of the highest quality adapted to needs.

Practical experiences and a look into the future

The PROFINET switches from Helmholz in fact also prove to be “very robust and reliable” in practical operation, as Markus Steininger-Arbeithuber from EREMA reports: “The experiences of our customers are very positive. In the event of the failure of a switch, the machine would come to an immediate standstill, and the customer would contact us very quickly. This in fact happens only extremely rarely.”

EREMA is attempting its next development step. With the support of Helmholz and the Austrian sales partner Buxbaum Automation, the sade and efficient integration of a machine into a higher level production network and Firewall WALL IE. This is because one thing is certain, according to software engineer Markus Steininger-Arbeithuber: “Network technology will become even more important in the future.”

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