Schmid Automation GmbH

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Management Changes

Friday, 1 September 2017

We are very happy that today 1 Sep 2017 Simon Sauter took over the management of Schmid Automation AG. He succeeds Dr. Matthias Luterbacher who as previously announced decided to continue his career outside the company.

Simon comes from Roche Diagnostics Mannheim GmbH to us where he was Head of Engineering. He is a graduate from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) and with over 20 years of experience in the area of process automation, he held leadership positions with both, technical and commercial responsibilities in Switzerland, Ireland and Germany. With this, Simon is very well equipped to lead Schmid Automation AG into a successful future.

“I am very thrilled to step into the future with such a skilled and highly engaged team”, Simon explains as he is looking forward to the challenge. We very much welcome Simon and wish him all the best, lots of fun and every success.

Successful project execution in the far north.

Thursday , 1 June 2017

The first small-scale brewery in the Swedish province of Värmland and the first regular brewery in Kristinehamn since 1957 was handed over to the master brewer at the end of the first quarter of 2017.

Starting in 2017, the brewery can thus offer its customers a range of ten beers, including a seasonal Christmas beer and three low-alcohol brews. The annual output of the 20-hectoliter facility is about 1000 hectoliters.

The recipe management system allows easy selection, creation, saving and changing of beer formulas. It is possible, by adjusting parameters in the course of production, to directly intervene in the process to fine-tune production as required by the situation. These events are also completely documented in the system in order to ensure optimal traceability.

The Schmid Automation team provided the following services:

  • Creation of the process description in collaboration with the plant supplier
  • Programming of the entire software for controlling the brewing house
  • Engineering of the visualization system
  • Complete electrical engineering and construction of all electrical switchgear cabinets
  • On-site supervision of the electrical installation work
  • Construction of the new operations control panel
  • Start-up within the scheduled time
  • Production coaching, operator training, fine-tuning

Happy Easter

Thursday, 13 April 2017

We wish you all a happy and relaxing Estern.

Successful start-up in time for a 150th anniversary

Wednesday , 15 March 2017

We congratulate the Leinenkugel Brewery in Chippewa Falls warmly on their 150th anniversary and at the same time also our team for their successful commissioning of a new fully automatic filter. The brewery is run by the 6th generation of the Leinenkugel family, who immigrated in 1845 from Germany to the United States. The new filter will enable it to meet the continuous rise in demand for craft beer. These specialty beers are brewed within the 150-year-old walls of the brewery, and the new filter allows their shelf life to be extended so that they can be sold also outside the State of Wisconsin. Schmid Automation was in charge of the following tasks:

  • Engineering of the entire electrical hardware
  • Fabrication of all MCC and PCC control cabinets in compliance with UL standards, with Allen Bradley Flex I/Os
  • Software programming using Rockwell Factory Talk View
  • Start-up of the installation
  • Operator training

Last week the happy brewery owners and operators and our programmers drank to the health of each other to celebrate the successful completion of this project.

 

Goldachtal wastewater discharge line equipped with state-of-the-art process control system

Friday, 03 February 2017

The Goldachtal discharge line directs the wastewater from the purification plants in Rehtobel and Speicher to the treatment plant in Altenrhein. In the first phase already implemented, the plant in Rehtobel was connected to the system. The following tasks were performed by Schmid Automation:

  • Electrical engineering
  • Programming of the complete user software
  • Commissioning
  • Operator training

 The process control system used is the most advanced Version 5 of automationX. This system enables the five new and two existing remote plants to be operated and monitored from one central location in Altenrhein. These seven remote plants, which are all equipped with their own PLC controllers, are linked with the central server in Altenrhein through optical fibre cables.

The benefits of automationX 5 reside in the fact that the process control system can be scaled as required. All stations are managed, extended and optimised from the central site by the development environment on the server. This makes it possible to optimise modules centrally and then to distribute them automatically among the controllers.

The process control system will be extended over the next few years by the addition of the wastewater treatment plant in Speicher and the other one-hundred-plus existing stations.

BRAUBEVIALE 2016

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Many thanks to all customers and interested parties who visited our stand at the BrauBeviale 2016.

 

START INTO PROFESSIONAL LIFE

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

We welcome Cedric Hofmeister and Simon Hüberli cordially to our team. They started their four-year vocational training to become an automation specialist on 1 August. We wish Cedric and Simone much pleasure and success in learning this thrilling profession.

First grain silo equipped with automationX 5

Friday, 29 July 2016

Schmid Automation has updated the complete process control system of the existing grain storage and handling facility of the agricultural cooperative Landi Seeland AG in Aarberg, Switzerland and integrated the new building. We were entrusted with the following tasks:

• Electrical engineering
• Seamless integration of the existing switchgear
• Control panel design and construction
• Programming of the complete user software
• Extension of the existing switchgear on site
• Start-up
• Operator training
The existing obsolete process control system was replaced by an automationX Version 5 system. This is our first-ever grain processing facility that we implemented on the basis of automationX 5. Acceptance tests and start-up went off smoothly. We extend our warmest thanks to Landi Seeland AG for the confidence they placed in our organization and are happy to share the exceptional satisfaction of our customer.

OUR SINCEREST CONGRATULATIONS ON COMPLETION OF AUTOMATION INSTALLATION TRAINING!

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Our apprentice David Widmer has successfully completed his basic training as an automation installation specialist. The entire staff of Schmid Automation congratulate him sincerely on this accomplishment and wish him much continuing success in his future career!

A new member joins the software engineering team

Friday, 20 May 2016

We extend a very warm welcome to our newest member of the Schmid Automation team: Simone Wittwer! We wish him a smooth start and much pleasure in his function as software engineer.

Heating comfort thanks to cutting-edge process control system

Friday, 29 April 2016

The origins of AEK Pellet AG reach back to “Lothar”, the storm of the last century. The availability of enormous volumes of wood felled by the storm prompted some bold entrepreneurs to use it for making pellets. Today, the factory located in Balsthal (Switzerland) produces up to 60,000 tonnes of pellets a year. Energy generation for drying the raw material was switched from gas to waste wood in 2016. The result is a significant improvement of the carbon emissions balance of pellets.

Schmid Automation AG supplied the automatic control system for regulating the hot-water circuit. Centralised registration, evaluation and reporting of measurement values – including those supplied by the lower-tier third-party control systems – and the centralised alarm management system round off this software application. Thanks to the high flexibility of the “automationX 5” process control system that is used, it was possible to meet the challenge of combining a broad diversity of systems in a single process control system with flying colours. Following is an extract of the interfaces used:

  • MODBUS RTU for integration of the measurement technology
  • MODBUS TCP for integration of alarming
  • OPC-UA for communications with ACRON (data archiving and logging)
  • PROFIBUS-DP I/Os for control of the heat circuit
  • RS232 interface for integration of the weighing equipment

 

A smart automation solution at quick-mix

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Schmid Automation has now equipped the eighth factory of the quick-mix company with a top-notch automation system. quick-mix, a global company, advertises its products with the slogan: "quick-mix, simply smart building materials…". It therefore also wanted a correspondingly smart automation solution! Following is an extract of our services:
• Complete replacement of the existing control systems
• Fully automatic batch process
• SAP link with the centre in Osnabrück, Germany
• Integration of the vehicle weighing system with image recording and electronic signature
• Monitoring of the packing machine with statistical bag evaluation
• Video monitoring of the entire production facility

Replacement of Siemens Simatic S5 hardware

Monday, 29 February 2016

There are still a large number of production plants in service which rely either wholly or partly on Siemens SIMATIC-S5 hardware. Since October 2015, SIMATIC S5 spare parts have ceased to be available from Siemens. In view of this fact, we recommend you to replace the SIMATIC S5 products as quickly as possible with state-of-the-art control engineering technology.

We carried out such a retrofit for Heineken Hungary in Martfü. Schmid Automation performed the following tasks:

  • Consulting and concept development for the rebuild
  • Planning of the rebuild
  • On-site rebuild
  • Integration of the new hardware in the control system
  • Fresh start-up of the plant with subsequent production support

Do you, too, still use SIMATIC S5 products in your plant? We would be pleased to advise you and show you possible solution variants.

Pump control and low-voltage distribution systems for Municipality of St. Gallen

Friday, 29 January 2016

Built around the year 1900, the reservoir with pumping station “Speicherstrasse” is part of the supply concept of the regional waterworks of St. Gallen – the RWSG. It supplies two other communities in the region plus part of the city of St. Gallen with drinking water. Following a number of minor rehabilitation projects, the replacement of the installation became inevitable in order to ensure efficient and hygienic water processing and supplies.

In order to maintain uninterrupted supplies, the rehabilitation was carried out in two stages. In the first step, the western part of the old reservoir was pulled down and the western chamber, the pumping station and the transformer station were newly built. In the second stage, the eastern part was dismantled and the eastern chamber and the connection between the two chambers was constructed.

The customer – the technical department of the Municipality of St. Gallen (Sankt Galler Stadtwerke) – entrusted Schmid Automation with the following tasks:

  • Electrical engineering of all the technical installations
  • Control panel construction including documentation according to EN61439-1
  • Start-up of the new pump control systems

In addition, we also implemented the low-voltage distribution system for the transformer station for the electricity works of Sankt Galler Stadtwerke.

Merry Christmas

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Schmid Automation wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We look back on an eventful but successful year and look forward to the new challenges in 2016.

Successful commissioning at Landi Melchnau

Friday, 11 December 2015

Schmid Automation was entrusted with modernising the complete animal feed production plant of the agricultural cooperative “Landi Melchnau-Bützberg”. The entire, decades-old control system was replaced. We delivered the following services: electrical engineering, control panel construction, programming of the complete user software, provision of interfaces for importing product formula and customer data, support during the rebuilding phase, start-up and operator training. The rebuild and start-up were successfully completed within the tightly scheduled two-week plant shut-down requested by the customer. The plant has now been restored to a state-of-the-art standard, and reliable and safe operation of the plant is again ensured.

During the successful commissioning on 4 December 2015, the customer confirmed that they were extremely satisfied with our performance. We thank Landi Melchnau-Bützberg for the fruitful collaboration.

Purchasing and supply chain department strengthened

Monday, 16 November, 2015

We extend a very warm welcome to Isabelle Alder, who has just joined the Schmid Automation team! We wish you much pleasure in your job in the Purchasing and Supply Chain department.

Successful start-up of the water supply network in Mogelsberg

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

The Sandbühl reservoir, which is the heart of the water supply network of the community of Mogelsberg in Eastern Switzerland, has been completely rebuilt. The reservoir is fed by water sourced in the neighbouring community of Degersheim. If this source should fail, the system can switch to another supply network in Necker. The water is conveyed via the new pumping facility to the next-higher Bühlhöchi reservoir. From there, the hamlet of Ebersol is supplied with water on the basis of an autonomous control system.

Schmid Automation supplied the engineering services and built the new control systems, designed the process control system on the basis of automationX 5 and was in charge of programming the PLC software and starting up the entire system. Since water supplies must be ensured without interruption, the start-up time had to be minimized. During the phase from dismantling the old system up to the point where the new reservoir went into service, Schmid Automation built a provisional control system and started it up on site.

One of the requirements of the water authority of Mogelsberg was to update only the central Sandbühl water supply system in an initial phase by replacing the old infrastructure. For this reason, the over 30-year-old reservoir control system of the master pressure zones were integrated in the new control system through an existing buried cable. Thanks to the highly flexible system of Schmid Automation, these requirements were easily satisfied. The modular design of the control system enables additional infrastructures to be modernised and integrated also in the future.

A new member joins the electrical system engineering team

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

We extend a very warm welcome to our newest member of the Schmid Automation team: Marc Kast! We wish him a smooth start and much pleasure in his function as electrical system engineer.

Start into professional life

Monday, 17 August 2015

We welcome Silas Nett cordially to our team. He started his four-year vocational training to become an automation specialist on 1 August. We wish Silas much pleasure and success in learning this thrilling profession.

First AutomationX 5 Proportioning Control System for Piasten

Friday, 10 July 2015

Dragées and pralines, candies and chocolates – this is the sweet, delicious world of Piasten.

Schmid Automation AG has implemented a production line using automationX 5 for the Piasten company in Forchheim (Germany), the so-called slurry station. Additional system components are to be integrated later on in the automationX 5 system so that the complete production process can be operated on a unified basis. Our scope of supply included software development, hardware engineering, the manufacture of a control cabinet and two local panels provided with hygienic touch screens, plus start-up. The project was successfully commissioned and handed over to the customer last week. The customer praised the handling of the project as well as the functionality of the system. Our prime focus is on customer satisfaction, which provides the basis for our future collaboration.

The slurry station produces intermediates, mostly sugar masses. The raw mass for the entire production process is provided on this production line, which is considered to be a highly sensitive part of the overall system. The station consists of four ingredient bins, one scale, and five mixers. The master material data and the production jobs are automatically transmitted from the SAP system through a SOAP interface to the process control system so that all the operator has to do is to release the jobs for production through the easy-to-use local panel. Recipes plus feedback on the job and consumption are transmitted by the process control system back to the SAP system.

We look forward to handling additional successful projects with the Piasten company in Forchheim.

Company outing to Zürich

Friday, 5 June 2015

We set out on this year’s company outing on arguably the only day in May without rain. Everyone found something exciting on the four-hour tour of Zurich airport – be it background information on security checks, a tour of the baggage sorting facility, a walk around the undercarriage of an A-340 Airbus, a close-up look at an A-380 Airbus or a visit to Collection Basin 8, which is controlled by systems supplied by Schmid Automation.

During a stroll through Zurich in the afternoon, we got to know the many lovely spots of this city. We finished the interesting and informative day over a beer in a beer garden under the bright blue springtime skies.

Successful acceptance tests at Meckatzer Löwenbräu

Friday, 17 April 2015

Together with the Bühler Group, we created the quotation for rebuilding this brewing company’s gristing system with a new 15-tonne malt mill. We were awarded the order for the electrical engineering work and supply of the control system directly from Meckatzer Löwenbräu. System engineering was carried out in January 2015 jointly with Bühler AG on the basis of their specifications. We supplied the control system on schedule at the end of February 2015. The acceptance tests were performed at Meckatzer’s plant in Heimenkirch (Lindau, southern Germany) on 14 April 2015. Along with the signing of the acceptance certificate, we also usually determine our customer’s satisfaction in order to incorporate this information in our quality management system. We are justifiably proud of our employees, for Meckatzer Löwenbräu is full of praise and gave us top marks throughout for our performance.

New service car

Friday, 10 April 2015

We received our new service car in early April. It will help us handle on-site rebuilds and installations. Provided with the required tools and all the necessary minor materials, we are now excellently equipped to carry out our service assignments.

Low-voltage switchboard on EN 61439-2 for Heineken Bulmers in England

Tuesday 25 March 2015

Heineken Bulmers is one of cider’s manufactures in Hereford.

For a new innovative CMF filtration plant by Bucher Filtrox Systems AG, we’ve realized, in collaboration with Rittal Switzerland, a type-tested low-voltage switchgear after EN 61439-2 standard.

Thanks to Rittal’s electric cabinet system - Ri4Power, we were able to fulfill the customer’s specifications of a Motor Control Centre (MCC) with inner form separation 4a on schedule.

Facebook

Tuesday 24 March 2015

Now you find Schmid Automation AG on Facebook.

Schmid Automation arrived at Zurich Airport

Friday 28 November 2014

The project general drainage plan for Zurich Airport has been successful accepted by the Flughafen Zürich AG. The whole wastewater at the airport including the de-icing water is collected in retention basins. The reprocessing of water is new controlled by our switchgears.

 The order volume totals around CHF 940 000. This includes manufacturing, supply and installation of all switchgears. Around 70 percent were used for the new cabinets, the rest was for rebuilding work.

Neither the safety and custom regulations nor the big order volume and associating logistics posed a problem for Schmid Automation.