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West Control Solutions’ KS98-1 temperature controller has enabled a major component manufacturer to achieve a swift and energy-efficient upgrade of its process oven that has significantly improved product quality.

The customer operates a special oven that is used to heat one of its core products — expensive graphite electrodes. The temperatures in the oven approach 3,000°C and it is this careful baking process that required a new temperature control solution. The main aims of the upgrade were to reduce the energy cost and to improve product quality.

The customer wanted a programming system that, after commissioning, would be simple for engineers to operate using their own process knowledge. The customer was also tight on budget and wanted a solution that would not be expensive in terms of software or installation time.

The unit offered by West Control Solutions, the KS98-1, a compact mini PLC and DIN controller, was a suitable retrofit solution because it fitted the existing DIN housing exactly, with all the necessary I/O options already on board.

Key benefits of product application

  • The KS98-1 was fully compatible with the existing DIN housing, with all the necessary I/O options already on board.
  • The temperature controller provides a library with tested PLC and maths functions.
  • It does not require high-end PLC programmer — the controller was quick to program.
  • It features a communication interface for modern fieldbus systems

West Control Solutions

West Control Solutions specialises in the manufacture of temperature and process control instrumentation. Through four leading product brands — CAL, West, PMA and Partlow — West Control Solutions has more than 100 years’ experience designing innovative and reliable temperature control products.

West Control Solutions specialises in the manufacture of temperature and process control instrumentation. Through four leading product brands CAL, West, PMA and Partlow West Control Solutions has more than 100 years’ experience designing innovative and reliable temperature control products.

Key products from West Control Solution include:

  • Temperature controllers (single-loop and multi-loop contollers)
  • Process controllers
  • Limit devices
  • Profilers and programmers
  • Digital indicators
  • Transmitters
  • Circular chart recorders (analogue and digital)
  • Paperless chart recorders

Controllers are available in 1/32, 1/16, 1/8 and 1/4 DIN sizes. There are also a number of DIN-rail-mounted controllers available. At the heart of all product designs from West Control Solutions is exact, accurate temperature control in easy-to-use products complemented with excellent reliability and durability.

West Control Solutions works with a global base of equipment manufacturers and end users. The products are ideally suited to challenging and tough environments such as industrial ovens, furnaces and kilns, plastics and extrusion. As the products offer excellent levels of precise control and accuracy together with being attractive instruments with strong aesthetic consideration during design they are often commonly used in laboratory, testing equipment and food and beverage applications.

The products are supported by a dedicated team of technical support specialists. The team has more than 25 years’ experience in temperature control instrumentation, specifically supporting products in industrial applications. This knowledge provides customers with complete peace of mind that they will be able to maximise the functionality available within the products even for the most complex of applications.

In addition to the core product offering there is also a customisation team that is available for those occasions where a custom controller will fit your requirements better than a standard product. In these cases, a comprehensive specification will be created, considering all requirements relating to the look and feel of the instrument, the format and functionality that is required. For the majority of customisation projects either a standard controller or a previous custom design can be used as the starting point for the bespoke design. This allows customers to benefit from reduced design and manufacturing costs, resulting in more customers to gain competitive advantage through unique designs and advanced functionality.

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