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Manufacturer Significantly Reduces Downtime with Mitsubishi Electric PLCs

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Verona, WI - October 13, 2021

The company upgraded its process control system without any interference to planned production across three plants in three cities.

A new customer case study from Mitsubishi Electric is now available, highlighting the experience of a leading semi-trailer manufacturer that wanted to replace a PC-based control system with a programmable logic controller (PLC) system.

The manufacturer’s legacy control system had begun to fail too often, leading to costly downtime and the need for a number of manual repair tasks and paperwork. In addition, the person who had developed the PC-based system was no longer with the company and no one else knew how to maintain it.

Ready to upgrade to a more modern PLC system, the manufacturer relied on its longtime Mitsubishi Electric distributor, Tri-Phase Automation. The distributor brought in ACS, a “hands-on to hand-over” systems integrator, who engineered the main Mitsubishi Electric PLC systems, as well as the Manufacturing Execution System (MES) PLC system, to the manufacturer’s unique needs.

The new Mitsubishi Electric PLC systems not only delivered more advanced automation, but also resulted in a faster, more powerful and user-friendly database; ensured HMI functionality identical to the previous system to make the transition as seamless as possible; and integrated controls with existing instrumentation and mechanical systems.

With Mitsubishi Electric PLCs, the manufacturer greatly reduced unexpected downtime and eliminated many manual tasks and paperwork, which were vulnerable to human error. The system also automated data capture with a built-in barcode scanner to boost productivity.

ACS reports, "The new control systems have been problem-free and doing exactly what they wanted it to do. Their top-of-the-line Mitsubishi Electric PLCs are known for industry-leading reliability and uptime and have performed as expected, delivering consistent product quality and data capture across all three plants."

To learn more, read the complete case study.


— About Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc.

Headquartered in Vernon Hills, Ill., Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc., offers a wide range of factory automation productssolutionstraining and support services for the industrial and commercial sectors. A U.S. affiliate company of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Mitsubishi Electric Automation represents more than 75 years’ experience in the automation industry. A broad product portfolio includes programmable logic controllers (PLC), human machine interfaces (HMI), invertersservo amplifiers and motorscontrol software, computerized numerical control (CNC), circuit breakersrobots and motion controllers. The company takes its solutions on the road with the 53-foot long Solutions in Motion mobile showroom that appears at tradeshows, training seminars and other events across North America. Additional information about Mitsubishi Electric Automation is available at us.mitsubishielectric.com/fa/en.

In addition to factory automation, Mitsubishi Electric US group companies’ principal businesses include semiconductor devices, automotive electrical components, elevators and escalators, heating and cooling products, electric utility products, and large-scale video displays for stadiums and arenas. Mitsubishi Electric US group companies have 38 locations throughout North America with approximately 4,000 employees.

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Pam Summers
Marketing Communications Manager
Mitsubishi Electric Automation
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