food & baked goods Case Studies

Chocolate Manufacturer Adds Savory New Production Line

Savory chocolate and confections maker indulged TriCore to integrate a new production line within their Midwestern manufacturing facility in a strategic move to expand product and production capacity. TriCore developed a recipe-based continuous mixing system automating control of ingredient bins, weigh belt feeders, prerefiners, and refiners—including conche control, standardization, and jumbo control. In addition, TriCore enabled shift-based production data from the plant floor to be sent and integrated with the facility’s ERP system. Control system design was based on a fully integrated architecture that leveraged Ethernet, ControlNet, and DeviceNet network protocols. Control hardware consisted of Allen Bradley ControlLogix processors, distributed Flex IO, distributed DeviceNet based motor controls, and iFix HMI terminals.