QOOT Cluster has for mission to help Lebanese agri-food innovators thrive by creating the ideal environment for agri-food businesses to strengthen their expertise, fuel their ideas, establish themselves in new markets, and build fruitful partnership.
A successful example of the above is the case of SMLC working with Teknologix, both QOOT Cluster members, to put an end to manual data entry, providing comprehensive information for efficient filling operations.
A PepsiCo partner since 1952, Société Moderne Libanaise pour le Commerce (SMLC) in Lebanon, bottles and distributes the popular PepsiCo brands of soft drinks, iced tea, sports drinks, juices, energy drinks, and water. In the past, production data acquisition and management information involved manual data recording using paper forms and spreadsheet software. Reports were often inaccurate and sometimes contradicting. In some instances, they even reflected a desired status rather than actual reporting values. An attempt at line automation using process visualization systems from major global automation solutions with numerous addons failed to fulfil the customer’s reporting requirements. Reports were slow, they often failed to refresh and frequently crashed.
SMLC awarded the contract for a pilot installation covering one bottling line to Teknologix. This team of industrial automation specialists based in Beirut enjoyed a favorable reputation from various automation and retrofitting projects they had successfully implemented for SMLC in previous years. Unlike European suppliers, they also did not need to include massive travel expenses for commissioning and after sales support in their proposal.
To reduce the amount of data to transport and process, Teknologix designed a system configuration using a PLC for each line to collect, concentrate and pre-process the information from the line’s individual stations. They used zenon software from COPADATA to implement a comprehensive data acquisition and line management solution for five beverage production lines, one for returnable bottles, two with PET bottles and two with cans.
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