The PLC training meant Coca-Cola Amatil employees could independently diagnose and rectify equipment faults...
Industry

Manufacturing: Automation Training

Outcome

SAGE and Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) worked collaboratively to develop the training. The training improved the electricians' ability to independently diagnose and rectify equipment faults and production issues using the Siemens S7 as configured on the Krones lines at their sites.  

Capability

PLC training, customised training, Siemens S7 configured on Krones lines 

Region
Australian National Training Delivery

Michelle Ockers, CCA National Technical Capability Manager

“In Learning and Development, there is always risk in bringing in a new external vendor, but I am delighted with the outcome, it has been a really positive collaborative experience.”

Challenge

Between 2010 and 2013, Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) installed 14 production lines with Krones Contiform and Contifill equipment in its six manufacturing sites across Australia. Siemens S7 is used on all of these lines and has been configured by Krones for specific machine variants.
CCA engaged SAGE Automation to deliver Siemens S7 training for their electrical and maintenance teams at each of the 6 production sites, National Maintenance Engineer at CCA, Matthew Hay explains why.

“Whilst the majority of CCA Electricians had attended general Siemens S7 training courses, a need was identified to further develop their knowledge and skills on S7. The customisation of the training provided by SAGE to our specific line configuration brought a real relevance to the training experience.” 

Solution

SAGE and CCA worked collaboratively to develop the training.

The training improved the electricians' ability to independently diagnose and rectify equipment faults and production issues using the Siemens S7 as configured on the Krones lines at their sites.  


This training enabled students to:

  •  Understand the structure of S7 code on the specific Krones equipment on site
  • Describe process control with regards to machine programs, step numbers and phases, and how these are structured within the PLC
  • Locate and monitor the status of any PLC input and output (both digital and analogue)
  • Locate and understand all iPanel messaging control data (information, warning and alarm messages)
  • Understand how all ASi signals are mapped/interfaced in the PLC
  • Understand the PLC signals between Krones to Krones and 3rd party equipment

Outcome

The course was delivered over three consecutive days and included:

  • A facilitator led classroom component with written course material to teach the PLC and HMI foundation skills required, as well as the structure and workings of the Krones program

  • A practical component which allowed students to respond to faults using a simulated PLC on a PC

  • Valuable time out on the line applying their skills by monitoring specific areas of the line

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