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Retrofit projects made easy thanks to an integrated system with IO-Link and Profisafe

Machines and plant become more profitable when they are highly available. This is also true in gypsum product manufacturing and is the reason why key components at the Saint-Gobain Formula production plant in Walkenried/Südharz are gradually undergoing a retrofit. As part of this project, the electrical systems at the first unit have been completely modernized. All aspects of the engineering process were focused on achieving system integration and investment protection.

1 Introduction

“Because our customers expect us to supply very high quality gypsum products, we use only natural gypsum in our process”, explained Olaf Roth, Programming Team Leader at Saint-Gobain Formula GmbH in Walkenried in Lower Saxony near Nordhausen. With a history going back more than 125 years, the company has specialized in the production of gypsum products for customers all over the world. The range of applications for the company’s gypsum encompasses various industries and sectors including, for example, medical/dental, construction, ceramics, art, decor, food, environment and even...

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