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Petcha Group's Rotainer Crane Control System

Petcha Group Pty Ltd specialises in the design and development of monitoring, test, inspection and industrial automation equipment for the industrial and mining sectors. Some of Petcha Group's applications include a crane control system allowing the automated loading of iron ore onto freight ships, others include conveyer belt monitoring systems for mining applications.

Petcha Group's client Ammesa manufactured the first Rotainer for IMX Resources (mine operator) Ammesa requested Petcha Group to design an electronic control system for the Rotainer to facilitate in the effective loading of Iron Ore into bulk cargo vessels. A number of stakeholders were involved in the project, Flinders Ports (Port Owners) & DP World Stevedoring Adelaide. The Rotainer system was chosen to load Iron Ore from freight trains and to transfer the load into Bulk Cargo Vessels in the least amount of time with the highest throughput.

Petcha Group approached OEM Technology Solutions for a simple, cost effective and reliable embedded controller requiring a number of digital and analogue inputs and outputs. OEM recommended their standard range of PC1 controllers to meet these demanding application requirements, and was able to provide a variant of the PC1000, namely the PC1030 to meet the needs of the Iron Ore Loading Crane Control Systems.

Petcha Group requested OEM to assist in the specification and design of the PLC application software, and to assist in training Petcha Group to develop their own applications.

Mr Peter Bourke, Managing Director of Petch Group said: "OEM was able to assist me in a short space of time with a ready-made hardware solution, and was able to get me going in the shortest possible time with an application framework and an embedded controller that met my needs. OEM was great to work with as they understood my specific requirements, and were able to offer me a solution that met all of my expectations".

"OEM's ability to provide an integrated PLC framework, and their excellent service, was a deciding factor in completing this project on time and in budget."  Mr Bourke said



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