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  • Writer's pictureRobert Villarreal

Horner OCS in Pharmaceutical for Variable Speed Lab Blender Control

On and off. That’s what one of our customers was dealing with before we got involved. For their pharmaceutical lab blender, they essentially had 2 speed options: on and off. There was no middle ground, and there was no security – it was a discrete system anyone could walk up to and just start manipulating. Read more below about how we helped them meet strict regulatory requirements and exceed their performance history.

Challenges The customer needed to update the control system for their variable speed lab blender. Some challenges they were trying to overcome were:

  1. Replacing their existing discrete operator controls with an HMI/PLC (the existing controls were pushbutton with two discrete adjustable time delay relays)

  2. Adding variable speed control for the blenders two motors (the original controls were fixed speed)

  3. Maintaining maximum speed requirements of existing operation system

  4. Lack of security access for various predetermined groups

Opportunity Recognizing that a lack of integrated controls was hindering productivity, safety, and compliance for the customer, our team at Horner Automation devised a plan which would:

  1. Provide controls, communications, and security access through an all-in-one OCS

  2. Utilize powerful Cscape programming with informative graphics and intuitive user interface

  3. Withstand years of use through our tested and proven, quality products

Solution The customer has seen tremendous improvements in their operations with all application requirements being exceeded through implementing our EXL6 OCS Controllers. Some of the immediate benefits they’ve recorded through implementing our Horner Automation solutions are:

  1. Easy-to-use programming with reliable device operation

  2. Sophisticated operator interface with opportunities to provide additional option functions

  3. Increased operational feedback through graphic objects

  4. Variable speed operation vs. fixed speed

  5. Security level access based upon groups (allowing access only to screens/functions based upon needs)

  6. Touchscreen controls vs. push buttons and discrete adjustable timers


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