Waste & Recycling
Europe’s most technically advanced plastic bottle sorting plant
In 2009 Control House were selected to engineer the electrical controls for one of the most technically advanced plastic bottle sorting plants in Europe.
The site in Lincolnshire is able to handle 140,000 tons per annum; that's 2 billion 2litre bottles per year.
Our scope was:-
- to engineer the electrical design of the sorting line comprising:-
17 NIR vision sorters
2 Hydraulic bailers
1 Hydraulic de-bailer
- Manufacture of the control panels
- Carry out the electrical installation
- Develop the PLC & SCADA software using Siemens STEP 7 & WinCC Flexible
- Complete the commissioning, setting the plant into full operation
- Train the operators & maintenance staff
ET200S Remote I/O
WinCC Flexible SCADA
160 Profibus nodes for all drives
SICK Programmable Safety System comprising of 88 Dual channel safety devices including E/stop pushbuttons, Grab wires, Door safety interlock switches etc.
Due to its remote location several 1000KVA main generators were installed to provide the electrical power.
The project was turned around from the initial concept to production runs in 12 weeks. Meeting the short deadline enabled the customer to realise their potential increased profits at the earliest opportunity. Despite the rapid deadline, all work was done to the highest standards as specified by the customer.
Plastic Bottle recycling Plant
In 2006 Control House completed an electrical design-and-build installation at a large plastic bottle sorting and processing plant in Lincolnshire preparing the product for the Far East.
Due to its remote location two 1000KVA main generators were installed to provide the electrical power.
The project was turned around from the initial concept to production runs in 6 weeks. Meeting the short deadline enabled the customer to realise their potential increased profits at the earliest opportunity. Despite the rapid deadline, all work was done to the highest standards as specified by the customer.
The machine consisted of:-
3 NIR vision sorters
Hydraulic bailers & de-bailers
Other ancillary equipment
n 2003 Control House was chosen to provide the new control system for three large incinerator plants at a waste disposal company in the Midlands.
The "Waste-to-Energy Plant" commissioned in 1975 was designed around the Allen Bradley PLC5 and RSView SCADA system, equipped with dual redundancy and remote IO stations located around the installation. The Control House software engineers successfully modified the PLC & SCADA software without stopping the plant, while the electrical team completed the installation of new cables and containment to all control and power components.
The end-user now enjoys a more efficient system due to more consistent, accurate and reliable control of all the hydraulic movements including dampers, feeder ramps, grates and other equipment. Throughput has increased significantly, which is welcome news to the recycling plant's operations team as well as the management