A prominent feature of equipment supplied by Team Mixing Technologies is the control system. Designed and programmed, built and tested in-house, each control system is tailored specifically to the equipment it controls. Team has experience with a wide array of PLC and HMI platforms and can adapt to most any client hardware, software, and communication protocol requirements. The operator interface consists of a large colour touch screen with intuitive controls that are easy for operators to learn. The interface can flip between multiple languages and units of measure (metric / imperial) at the touch of an on-screen button.
Operations and maintenance manuals are provided in hard copy as well as being available from a secure area of the Team Mixing Technologies website. Comprehensive electrical and mechanical drawings are also provided for maintenance purposes. Production reports and fault logs are automatically generated and stored by the control system. In most cases, equipment can be connected to the Internet and an encrypted connection established to the Team web server, on an intermittent basis, allowing for automatic daily backups of reports for safe keeping and convenient availability via the same secure area of the website, anywhere, anytime.
A Team technician generally travels to site once the supplied equipment has been installed, and provides startup, commissioning and training. Team personnel are MSHA certified for underground and surface installations. Remote tech support is also commonly implemented. Team Mixing engineers can connect to plants over secure Internet channels to provide guidance and or make any desired changes to all aspects of the PLC program and HMI screen. There is no need to schedule a maintenance visit from a technician, help is available immediately.
Safety is given special attention – protection against both injury and equipment damage is considered when designing equipment and safety control systems. Most control wiring is low-voltage 24VDC to eliminate arc-flash and electrocution hazards, though 120VAC wiring is an available option. E-stops and magnetically-coded safety sensors are used where appropriate and Team engineers have experience programming safety PLCs.