Ehcolo was founded in 1987, and the first machines developed and manufactured was automatic ship container loaders for bags without pallets, first machines were quite complicated but effective, since we have developed some simpler container bag loading systems, which is affordable for everybody, and also very effective. In 1989 we developed and manufactured the first automatic palletiser, and since then we have developed many different sizes and models of palletisers, today we can offer 15 different models for different capacities and products, + we can offer also robot palletisers based on Yaskawa robot, where we then manufacture all other equipment as grippers, conveyors etc., + we have developed a unique touchscreen interface with pattern set-up, which makes it extremely easy for operators. As a proof of our superior machine design, we have also developed the last years 3 different models of empty bag bundle palletisers, which are triple the size of our standard bag palletiser, capacity of to 2400 bundles per hour, the highest on the market. And last not least, we have last year 2020 developed a new unique hood stretcher, have already sold a few of these. They will in many instances be part of our many to be supplied turnkey packing lines, of which we have supplied many of in the last 10 years, inclusive supplied bagging machines from our yearlong partners. We have references all over the world in all industries. We focus on the quality, so that maintenance costs are close to 0 and most important hardly any downtime.
We have since 2009 been using servo controllers together with standard SEW asynchronous motors,
And to get other benefits, like the best energy efficiency, soft stop and start, extremely accuracy and max capacity, we have also converted to genuine SEW servomotors on all axis for positioning. All positioning servo motors are equipped with absolute encoders, which counts also, when there is power break down, means restart without the need of emptying palletiser.
From 2016, all previous directly started motors has been variable speed controlled. Advantage, less wear and tear due to smooth start and stop of all machine parts also pallet roller conveyors.
All motors are now servo controlled. Main items all with genuine servo geared motors, but also normal AC motors are servo controlled. No units running with direct start. Another advantage with this upgrade, is that our machines
now standardly fit all electrical grids. From 3x220V to 3x500V without any modification at all.
We have changed our 15” HMI into a new 18,5” widescreen panel. Reasons, besides general overall technical development are several.
Better performance, in terms of better screen resolution, faster handling of graphics and greater user-friendliness due to larger display is some of the reasons. Very few texts, instead easy for all understandable icons.
Alongside the screen update we have updated our password system with an RFID reader. Together with the reader there will be delivered 2 pieces of RFID tags for each user level. The system has been made after several customer requirements, and we find it so good, that we now have incorporated it as standard.
The system is to ensure that passwords can’t be distributed freely. An operator with an operator tag, will only have access to the corresponding parameters for his level.
We earlier saw that all operators used the technician password, with the possibility to change parameters which basically could make the machine unusable. This is no longer possible with the new system. Further we memorize un-erasable all actions made by each operator with time and name of operator, so that it can be seen, who has done what and when. Reduces down time a lot, as nobody any more is playing around with the parameters.
“Anywhere Control” via Internet.
Our palletizers and stretch hooders can be monitored and controlled from anywhere, and we Ehcolo can monitor and access everything, also the history of events, so that we remotely easily can make eventual diagnostic work and in fact also operate the machines, change parameters and eventually also change/improve software remote. Means our machines are connected in an internal network to the VPN router in the machine control, which then have to be connected with your network, giving access to Internet, where we access the controls on each machine. It shall be said that the VPN connection is safe and secure. Customer can also access the control via the VPN router from anywhere.
Also IoT (Internet of Things) ready
Also Industry 4.0 compliance and enablement
Our palletizer and hooder control has a OPC-UA server, which is the newest within data communication, many does not know it, but everybody will need to know and use, as this is the future way to do it and an easy way and well documented. In short, we can make available all thinkable data and then they can be captured by customer SCADA system in a format customer can easily handle.
We just have to agree on which data you are interested in. What is an OPC UA server, watch this video.
And we have support 24/7/ 365 support hotline.
We use the best parts available on the market and our construction is so, that you will not see our machines wave in the wind.
We only use SEW motors and we are not used to any breakdown of any SEW parts, but should unlikely something happens in the future, the parts are always available locally.
All motors are servo controlled, absolutely not normal, and has some costs also, but all items have soft start and stop, this extends life time many times, which then reduce costs the other way.
Here we use one sub-supplier, B&R Automation from Austria, owned by ABB.
We have parts in stock as well have B&R/ABB in many countries.
There are very few pneumatic parts, as sub-supplier here, we use FESTO. We have parts on stock, as well have FESTO everywhere.
We use only parts from SICK, a German company. We have parts on stock, as well have SICK everywhere.