In early 2016 Textron Specialized Vehicles acquired an assembly line for 2-Cylinder engines. The line consists of partly automated work stations with PLC-controlled tools and two robots. PLC-controlled tools are only active at particular points within the process flow. Transport is handled by conveyor belts in combination with a central transport shuttle.
AIS was asked to replace the existing line controller software to make Textron independent from the support of the former owner, enhance throughput and support a continuous high yield for the production. In addition, the FabEagle®LC was supposed to provide a higher degree of configuration flexibility to make process flow changes easier. An interface to SAP’s ERP system was required to exchange product plans and book warehouse import and export transactions.