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GPA Selected To Plan Build and Run A Complex Automation Project

Franklin, TN - GPA was recently awarded a project to automate a water filter cartridge line at a major water systems company. The project will be executed from GPA’s Franklin, TN office.

"The current assembly line is 95% manual operation. The client has asked us to reverse that and provide a 95% automated solution. GPA has selected the best of the best in current automation hardware utilizing the latest standards for safety and automation best practices. The system design incorporates a multi robotic cell interconnected via Ethernet/IP using a cageless approach for ease of access and service. The latest generation of safety PLCs from Rockwell Automation with full CIP safety is integrated into every aspect of the line. Advanced diagnostics will provide the operator and maintenance groups with rapid insight to abnormalities resulting in a quicker recovery. Complete production monitoring and data analytics is built into the system from initial design to ensure a complete picture is available to engineering and management. This will allow for continuous improvement and provide a detailed look into performance.” – Joe Thatcher (Director of Discrete Automation).


About GPA GPA is a full-service engineering and technology development firm serving the manufacturing industry. GPA offers solutions for: Industrial Automation, Operational Technology (OT) Infrastructure, Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Cybersecurity and Manufacturing Intelligence (MI), and Analytics. For over 24 years, manufacturers have trusted GPA to be stewards of their processes to maximize efficiency, attain optimal ROI from their assets, and protect their operational technology resources. GPA’s extensive knowledge of both continuous and discrete manufacturing enables us to help our clients increase profitability through automation, ensure proper information flow through robust infrastructure design, safeguard industrial control systems with appropriate cybersecurity solutions and elevate the use of data for manufacturing intelligence and analytics. We can provide this value with unbiased guidance and cross-platform functionality because GPA is vendor independent. GPA bridges the gap between IT and OT to implement best practices in the manufacturing world.

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