Dearborn Mid-West based in Taylor, MI contracted the services of D&D Automation to provide controls leadership on the Chrysler Windsor Assembly Plant 2017 RU Program located in Windsor, Ontario. The scope of this project was complete turn-key controls for the modifications and upgrades to the inverted Power & Free conveyors in the existing body shop.
D&D provided updated designs for 13 existing conveyors and 7 existing CPU’s. D&D also provided new designs for 2 new conveyors and CPU’s. The control systems were also upgraded to Chrysler’s latest standards during the execution of this project. Controls for the new body styles were developed within designed cycle time incorporating the new plant layout. Safety upgrades were completed using Allen Bradley Safety Relays. Communication networks including remote I/O and DH+ were updated to include relocated panels and exclude removed panels. The human machine interface using Panel View 900, 1000, and 1400e also required updating.
For any new conveyors, D&D advanced the controls to Allen Bradley Controllogix-5000 and the safety was updated to GuardLogix. New CPUs were designed to take advantage of an Ethernet I/O network. The new conveyors also have 5 new Panel View Plus 1500s to help the operators with the control of the system.
Dearborn and Chrysler are both pleased with the success of the new upgrades to the Windsor Assembly Plant. This project was executed during a short-term plant shutdown and is classified as one of the biggest shutdowns in the Canadian Automotive Manufacturing Industry’s History.
D&D was able to successfully meet the challenges of this ambitious project.
The plant was restarted on schedule with a solid team effort from both Dearborn and D&D pulling together for mutual success.
Our best results always come from teamwork!