Case study - Standardization: a breath of fresh air for Anguil Environmental Systems

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Courtesy of Anguil Environmental Systems, Inc.

OEM reduces engineering costs by 50 percent through standardizing on the Rockwell Automation® Logix control

BACKGROUND
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), each year millions of tons of air toxins are released into the air, mostly from man-made sources. Anguil Environmental Systems Inc., a Milwaukee-based air pollution control system provider, has been helping combat the pollution from industrial sources for more than 25 years. Anguil designs, manufactures and installs various types of industrial oxidizers — machines that purify the Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs) produced in many manufacturing processes.

Building nearly 50 industrial oxidizers per year and serving a wide array of industries including chemical, pharmaceutical, ethanol, printing, painting and automotive, Anguil is dedicated to providing solutions to its customers that are both cost-effective and customer-specific — meeting the individual regulatory requirements and personalized specifications of each customer.

CHALLENGE
“Because we serve customers in numerous industries, nearly every oxidizer we build has some degree of customization,” said David Kuck, senior electrical engineer at Anguil. “At the same time, we have all the competitive challenges of a typical machine builder, including the need to keep our operational costs to a minimum.”

According to Kuck, the classic dilemma of the machine builder is balancing the conflicting goals of customer-specificity and cost-efficiency. Building each machine as a “one-off” can significantly lengthen the design phase which, in turn, leads to high labor costs and excessive time-to-market.

Anguil sought a control platform that could better match its customers’ needs. Kuck recognized that every oxidizer was basically the same, had a low I/O count and monitored only a few variables — air flow, air pressure, fan speed and heat. He knew that if Anguil could standardize its control platform for all machines, the company would save significant time and money during the machine design phase. But Anguil needed to find a platform that would allow it to stay flexible and continue offering a high level of customization.

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