Electronic Production Displays installed at Comer's
Eildon Systems of Galashiels, UK, have
developed a large electronic production display, with 10cm red LEDs, to automatically
monitor the real-time efficiency of textile machinery for Comer International, one of
Europe's largest suppliers of polyester/wool and polyester/wool/lycra weaving yarns.
Four of these large displays have been installed on the combing
and roving machinery at the Comer plant in Bunbeg, Co Donegal, Ireland. This allows the
company to know the running time, standing time and efficiency of the machinery - at all
times during every shift. Mr Barry Richardson production director, commented: In just a
few months we have achieved a 3-4% increase in out-put.
The modern machinery at Comer has built in computers which amass
a variety of data but without any visible, constant, minute by minute feedback of what is
actually being achieved.
The displays ensure everyone knows exactly how the machines are
performing against the expected efficiency target. Eildon comment. Constantly receiving
signals from the machinery the displays are highly visible and dynamic, being updated
every six seconds.
Comer's management were looking for the real-time average
efficiency of 18 combing machines. To satisfy this requirement Eildon designed a control
box which is linked to all 18 machines. This recognises at any time which units are
running and which are standing, and for every actual minute of time, adds 18 minutes to
During one 480 minute shift a total of 8,640 minutes, either
running or standing times will appear on the display, together with the real-time average
Mr Richardson remarked: Before we installed the Eildon displays
there were difficulties maintaining the balance through the combing and roving machines.
Now, everyone can see at a glance at any time and take the necessary action. This has been
a good investment for Comer, and we are looking at an installation in our spinning
The Eildon displays are designed in a vertical format, measuring
103cm x 69cm x 9 cm, and feature (from top to bottom) running minutes, standing minutes
and efficiency. The units supplied to Comer have a maximum range of 99,999 or 9,999.9
minutes. For other applications, Eildon can also offer versions to count in metres or