Cosmetic Industry: Powder Press
After successfully resurrecting one machine for a customer, the customer got to talking with one of our techs about another old machine they have that hasn’t worked in many years and nobody could figure out what was wrong with it. They wanted us to take a look at it and see if we could bring it back to life.
The machine was another one-off, custom built machine that lacked any documentation and no one in the factory could remember how the machine actually worked. The machine has a programmable logic controller, a pneumatic rotary actuator and assorted sensors, pneumatic cylinders and safety devices built in.
After bringing the machine back to our Middlesex, NJ shop, we began researching the components and through trial and error, we were able to put together a concept on how the machine is supposed to function. After all the wiring and air connections were looked over, we powered on the machine and started testing it, and we found that many pieces were out of adjustment. While all the testing and adjustments were being done, we documented each part of the machine so if the company encountered an issue in the future, there was now documentation on how the machine is supposed to function, making repairs easier. We then recorded a video that was sent to the customer showing the machine in operation. Once it was working the way they needed, it was returned to them and put back into service.
Unfortunately, due to the proprietary nature of this machine, we cannot post any photos of the machine.