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Success Story: Richard Burbidge

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Production monitoring produces clear insight

Oswestry, Shropshire: Richard Burbidge Limited, a family owned company established by Mr Henry Burbidge in 1867, has been for over 140 years the leading company in the design, manufacture and supply of timber products. This tradition has been further sustained recently by attention to manufacturing production information, which has been updated using Wonderware’s Historian and new data acquisition hardware.

Experts in balustrade, Richard Burbidge supplies a wide range of systems for use inside and outside the home; on staircases, decks, patios and balconies. Renowned for working with wood, the company also offers an extensive collection of timber mouldings. Richard Burbidge is proud of its heritage, and works continuously to develop the next generation of high quality timber products, and to stay at the forefront of the industry. This is based upon accurate production information, which allows maximum machine utilisation and sustained continuous improvement.

A legacy data acquisition and reporting system was not providing accurate and real time information for operations management. A radical new solution was required. Richard Burbidge operations contacted Wonderware UK, based upon previous individual success with Wonderware products. The machines that convert the raw stock to Richard Burbidge’s range of profiled stair products are dedicated to use and contain a low level of automation – they are designed for volume manufacture. The decision was made to use ADAM IO units as remote data acquisition (tapping into electrical signals on the machines) and to feed the data to Wonderware Historian – which is able to both acquire data very quickly and also store large amounts of data.

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