Italian company, AIC recently supplied a new PLC & HMI automation system for the control of the light profiles mill of W Silver Plant, El Paso, Texas.

The supply includes the Master PLCs panels as well as the new main control desk, suited to drive and manage each area of the rolling mill. The scope of supply includes:
- control system for roughing mill entry (3 rails);
- cascade control;
- loop control;
- intermediate shear & cooling bed entry automation;
- supervision upgrade; and
- test system of proofs speed.

By careful project engineering and management, AIC was able to reduce the downtime to just one week performing all commissioning activities.

The new automation control system was successfully started up in a record time and has enabled the customer’s plant to become much more flexible due to a new recipes system for setting cascade parameters, maintenance tools and fine tuning.

W Silver Inc a is steel re-rolling mill specialising in the manufacture of high quality steel products such as studded steel T-posts for the farm and ranch market, grape stakes for the vineyard industry, angle steel for the bed frame industry and both lightweight and heavyweight T-posts for the Erosion Control.