In 2019, miho introduced the miho Pascal 2. It is the culmination of development and improvement of miho Pascal 1. With our miho Pascal 1, we have had great international success, with many satisfied customers all over the world; selling more than 325 systems. In contrast to competitor’s systems on the market, miho Pascal systems do not count bottles, but measure the gaps between bottles. As a result, miho Pascal systems provide much smoother bottle transportation and more line efficiency, at reduced conveyor capacities. This success is the foundation on the development of Pascal 2, which is now introduced to the international market.
Improvements from Pascal 1 to Pascal 2 at a glance:
Pascal 2 now features up to 16 motor groups, handling 10 gap sensors at a time. With 8 buffer sensors, miho Pascal 2 is now able to handle 8 buffer areas. If a line stop occurs and the buffer area is full, the buffer will be switched off, reducing scuffing and pressure in the buffer area. The buffers are not running on fixed speed, but in relative speed to the lead machine, further reducing pressure on the bottles. Furthermore, one Pascal 2 can handle a larger, more complex control section than the miho Pascal 1. For example, between the exit of the bottle washer and infeed of the filler, only one miho Pascal 2 system is needed, even with a miho EBI David 2 installed in between. This also saves costs on the customers’ side. The new Pascal 2 can now handle 32 bottle types, and even 127 bottle types, when connected to a miho PC system. The usability and customer interface were another focus of the evolution of miho Pascal 2. It now features a 10” graphic display with multi touch function. The symbols, known from other miho FPGA devices, simplify and accelerate the operation of the new miho Pascal 2, allowing an easy teach-in procedure for new bottle types. Help and parameter guides make the operation and setup of the miho Pascal 2 more convenient and simpler than ever. Instead of the discrete wiring of the old Pascal 1, the miho Pascal 2 features an EtherCat wiring, making signal transmission easy and compact. This further allows the miho Pascal 2 to reduce the speed of the lead machine in the control path, instead of shutting it off, when there is a lack of bottles. The new Pascal 2 features a remote access with compatible miho VIDIOS devices. Encoder frequencies up to 50 kHz make smoother conveyance control possible. The electronic cabinet itself is equipped with a color signal beacon, permitting the installation of further light beacons, directly at the point of failure; like the pressureless combiner or an infeed worm. Therefore, operators can act quicker, resulting in enhanced line performance. If an encoder breaks, the operator can simply switch on the integrated encoder generator, saving the day’s production plan. All speeds are displayed as bottles per hour, making operating the miho Pascal 2 even more convenient.
Key benefits for users, service engineers and sales representatives:
Smoother conveyance, less noise emission
Bottle preserving conveyance, less scuffing
Not bound to expensive and custom PLC solutions
No locked system: standalone device, not buried in the EBI, makes change of inspection device more convenient and easy
Complete controlled section up to 16 motor groups; i.e. from bottle washer, to packer
Easy and fast EtherCat signal wiring; no more discrete wiring necessary
Step by step teach-in setup of bottle types with oscilloscope function
No external programming unit or software necessary
With these advantages, miho conducted the following pilot projects with miho Conveyance and miho Pascal 2:
On the layout above, you can see the before and after situation. The task was to renew the line. Of special importance to note, is that the conveyor was serving two fillers as lead machines, while keeping buffer times as low as possible. Because this was a hot filling juice line, bottles had to be kept hot and should not cool on the conveyor. The use of space was optimized, despite putting in a longer EBI.
At this project, the task was to unblock the filler labeler. A bulk conveyor was implemented and a buffer area was created. This, in combination with miho Pascal 2, lead to a much better runtime of the whole line.