Services

We draw on extensive experience in the controls and electronics fields and are involved in projects worldwide. We design machine & process control systems to improve machine performance, speed, quality of output, operability and safety. We offer a complete refurbishment service and redesign machine controls where parts may have become obsolete.
System designPLC, HMI & Drive ProgrammingSheeting machineryBatch controlProcess automationMachine and process performance data systemsSafety upgradesMachine visionWeb tensionWeb and product registration and tracking

Process Automation

We supply turnkey automation solutions to your process needs improving speed, quality, safety and profitability. PLC’s, HMI’s and Touch Panels, designed to optimise your process. All whilst providing the operator with simple and intuitive control interfaces. (Actual Sentient panels)
 Winder Control    Robotic Palletiser    Print registratio

Winder Control, Robotic Palletiser, Print registratio

(Actual Sentient Screens)
Winder control & Diameter calibration HMI

Winder control & Diameter calibration HMI

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Sheeting Machinery

We are experts in the operation, design and modification of paper and film sheeting machinery.See our News section for details of our latest sheeting project
  • Unwind diameter stopping at core
  • Unwind tension control systems
  • Web guiding
  • Slitting technology
  • Nip and knife drive gear-locking
  • High speed sheet conveying and sheet handling
  • Overlapping
  • Corrugation to improve running speed
  • Stacking
  • Palletising
  • In line control for embossing or printing
  • Cut to register (cut to print) control
  • Registration mark detection (printed, holographic, embossed, watermark)
  • Real time camera detection of cut accuracy (vision cut inspection)
With years of experience in sheeting processes, whatever your requirement, we provide the solution. See below, the initial phase of the complete refurbishment of a twin synchronous knife sheeter. 61

Tank control system (500,000 liters)

Sentient Automation have completed design and commissioning of 500,000 liter tank control system for a leading foodstuff supplier. The system monitors multiple tank levels and provides automated switchover of filling and delivery between the tanks. A local HMI and control stations provide simple control and visualisation of the process.
Key features:-
  • Colour HMI touchscreen
  • Level monitoring
  • Precise batch control
  • Automated tank switching on full or empty
  • Manual overides
  • Dual level sensors per tank to provide automatic level confirmation and error detection
  • Automated leak detection alarms and system shutdown
  • Automatic pump overload and dry running detection and shutdown
  • Simple user interface and controls
  • Diagnostic interfaces
  • Password protection user login
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Process Automation

We supply turnkey automation solutions to your process needs improving speed, quality, safety and profitability. PLC’s, HMI’s and Touch Panels, designed to optimise your process. All whilst providing the operator with simple and intuitive control interfaces. (Actual Sentient panels)
 Winder Control    Robotic Palletiser    Print registratio

Winder Control, Robotic Palletiser, Print registratio

(Actual Sentient Screens)
Winder control & Diameter calibration HMI

Winder control & Diameter calibration HMI

Machine Performance Upgrade

Machine or process automation can improve speed, quality of output, repeatability and operability. Combined, these provide huge benefits to performance and saleable output often reducing the need for extended working hours or further capital investment We connect machine monitoring systems to accurately log performance and identify improvement opportunities. These same systems are then used to measure the implemented improvements.

Machine Safety Upgrade

Operator safety can never be compromised and must be constantly monitored and reviewed. We perform thorough risk analysis and report on the safety of your machinery. We can suggest and implement custom improvements to reduce unnecessary risk and increase your safety. With automation we can eliminate or minimize the need for human intervention in dangerous high risk areas. Modern safety systems are incredibly intelligent, from light curtains that react to the area of penetration to laser scanners that can have several safe areas within a monitored area. Modern safety systems and machine control can now be designed to be far more operator friendly and less intrusive than ever before. See below Sentient Automation CAT3 safety control upgrade to press.
  • Pluto safety plc
  • Custom programming
  • Adam & Eva guard monitoring
  • Zero Speed detection
  • Safe zone logic monitoring
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Machine Vision

Automated inspection systems used to be confined to the manufacturing heavyweights, this is no longer the case. Vision is now far more sophisticated, capable, and cost efective compared to a decade ago. Quality, operability and throughput are all improved by the expert application of machine vision. We can provide you with a customised automated inspection system from a variety of manufacturers that will improve your process.

DL05-DTC-0A-01 Web Tension Controller (Sentient design)

This unit provides a cost effective accurate dual unwind tension control for braked unwinds. Comprising a PLC and LCD control panel. The control method includes a soft start to prevent snatch on startup, dynamic pad switching for higher dynamic range and multi colour LCD backlight to highlight warnings and faults. These units are a fraction of the cost of OEM supplied solutions.
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Highlights

  • Dual channel (two unwinds, other options available).
  • Accurate and stable tension control.
  • Soft start to prevent slack web snatch or integral windup.
  • Dynamic tuning to minimise slack on an Estop.
  • Simple operation via multi-colour LED backlit LCD display.
  • Automatic pad switching for larger dynamic range.
  • Remote and local tension setpoint adjustment.
  • Display of tension setpoint, actual tension and brake pressure.
  • Brake toggle input.
  • Brake off input.
  • Brake status lamp output.
  • Alarm output.
  • Onscreen controller fault and status indication.
  • Screen colour change for fault conditions.
  • Screen colour change for warning conditions.
  • On screen tuning and diagnostics.
  • Password protection.
  • Backlight saving.
  • 12 bit accuracy (2mV) four channel.
  • Low cost.
  • Optional automatic stopping at core.

Web and product registration and tracking

Completed installation of our own custom print reinsert registration system as an upgrade repair to an older press. The result was increased registration accuracy, higher speeds and reduced setup waste. 1146745_699265966754190_370613496_n Ripped out the old ailing dc drive and motor, replaced with AC servo, high speed PAC plc, HMI and optical registration sensor. The system detects print marks on a preprinted unwind roll and adjusts the infeed position to align the incoming print to the master print cylinder: this gives a four colour press another registered pass making it effectively 8 colours. When not registering the new system just regulates the infeed tension.

About us

We provide first class Machine and Process Automation, drive & plc programming, safety upgrades, machine installation, complete rebuilds and service

Contact Us

Office Address
Unit 5 / 5 Kolora Rd
(Access via 6 Kylta Rd) Heidelberg West Victoria 3081 Australia

Phone
+61 450 129 028

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