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Automatic Closed-Loop Control Comes of Age for Aluminum Extrusion

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Automatic Closed-Loop Control Comes of Age for Aluminum Extrusion

Bill Barron, Williamson Corporation, Concord, Massachusetts, USA


ABSTRACT --- Recent process automation systems have proven to be highly
effective and reliable for dramatically increasing plant productivity and product
quality. As an additional benefit, process automation enables the implementation
of best practices standards at the press to drive greater consistency across each
operator and each shift. This paper details an innovative control system that has
proven to deliver significant benefits to optimizing the aluminum extrusion
process. It presents field data illustrating the significant benefits of automatic
process control, as well as a detailed review of proven thermal management best
practices and a process for planning and overseeing a continuous process
improvement program.

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