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Want to Save Money and Increase Production in 2010? Let ACSI Assess and Optimize Your Current Control System An “ACSI Optimization Assessment” provides organizations with a range of tools and services to bring existing or new operations to peak performance. Steps taken by ACSI will ensure operation within the highest production/lowest energy cost window. Optimization of your current system is accomplished by using existing control systems coupled with advanced modeling and control strategies. Results are measured by using the key performance indicators that really matter: %Pack, Job Change Time, Defect Loss, BTU/Ton, etc. Most of our customers find that each phase pays for itself within 6 months. The ACSI approach utilizes best practices and continuous improvement concepts to assess and correct sources of variability. At the regulatory level, a model based control is applied to key control loops in order to remove temperature variability by an astounding 300% on average. By utilizing a model based control approach instead of traditional PID, the ACSI solution provides additional advantages beyond just adherence to setpoint. “The ACSI control system exceeded our expectations. Not only did we cut job change times in half, we saw an 11% decrease in ware loss and a 2% pack improvement.”

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ACSI Glass Production Optimization is designed for the specific type of glass being produced. In addition to general batching and unloading accuracy, ACSI is able to optimize the following areas: ~ Container Glass: Melter Temperature Control Forehearth Temperature Control Gob Temperature Control

~ Fiberglass: Forehearth Temperature Control Melter Temperature Control Binder Control Bushing Control

~ Float Glass: Glass Level Control Canal Temperature Control Melter Crown Temperature Control Tightened Bath Control

~ Lighting, Tubing, and Specialty Glass: Danner, Vello, and Tubing Control

ACSI Implements Controls for Knauf Insulation at their Shasta Lake, California Facility TECO and ACSI have recently been commissioned by Knauf to replace the existing gas fired canal located at the Shasta Lake, California plant with an all-electric canal. Knauf’s decision to institute this design is based on the success of the all-electric canal/forehearths currently in operation at their plant in Shelbyville Indiana.” ACSI will be replacing the PLC-5 processor with a new ControlLogix processor. The engineering team from ACSI consists of Project Manager Rick Baechle and Project Engineer Frank Lepkowski, who will be completing the programming. Onsite technical support during the commissioning (from start up to production) and extensive training of the control system operation to the plant personnel will be provided. Volume 5 Issue 1

2010 Event Calendar June 29, 2010 - July 1, 2010 Glasstech Asia 2010 Marina Bay Sands, Singapore September 28, 2010 - October 1, 2010 Glasstec Messe Düsseldorf Düsseldorf, Germany October 19 - 20 2010 71st Glass Problems Conference The Fawcett Center Columbus, Ohio We look forward to seeing you at Glasstech, Glasstec and Glass Problems!

ACSI Training Series: Basics of HMI Application Development, Maintenance, and Troubleshooting ACSI is now offering a 3 day training course on the basics of HMI applications at our Sylvania, Ohio location. This training class is intended for Plant Engineers, Maintenance Technicians, and Electricians who need to maintain, troubleshoot, backup or make modifications to an existing Wonderware InTouch™ Application. Trainees may bring a copy of an InTouch Application from their facility to use during Labs. For daily training agenda please visit Date: April 27th-29th (Please register ASAP as space is limited) Cost: $1,200.00 per person Lunch will be provided daily by ACSI To register or request additional information please contact: Katie Marconi Phone: (419) 843-4820 E-mail: ACSI’s Quarterly Newsletter Survey Question

“No Summer BBQ/Cookout would be complete without…” “A Hammock” ~Jon Nash “Italian or Greek Pasta Salad” ~Katie Marconi “Beer...mmmmmm hhuhuhuhuh beeeeeeeerrr” ~Joshua Kline “Games” ~Ron Finch “Napkins and a Pitcher of Iced Tea” ~Diana Davis “A Volleyball Game” ~Rob Snider “Smokin Meats” ~Brad Bowe “A post meal nap” ~Joel Helbig

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Meet ACSI’s Colton Krupp What is your job at ACSI: Operations Assistant (Engineer after Graduation in Spring 2011 from Miami University) Started with ACSI: January 4, 2010 Hometown: Norwalk, OH Background: B.S. Electro-Mechanical Engineering (Spring 2011), A.S. Robotics (Terra), A.S. Power and Controls (Terra), A.S. Manufacturing Engineering (Terra) Interests: Paintball, The Outdoors, and Travel Favorite Movies: Tommy Boy, The Hangover, and Saw I-VI Best thing about working at ACSI: Great work atmosphere with co-workers who are more than willing to lend a helping hand and share their vast knowledge.

News From ACSI Europe by Art Lawrence 2010 kicked off with an American invasion!! ACSI President Steve Nixon traveled to ACSI Europe in January for a visit. Steve’s trip to the UK office was followed by the arrival of ACSI Engineer Hernando Martinez a few weeks later. Hernando’s work related visit included briefing Engineer Rob Haydon on several software engineering projects coming up for the US office. These projects will keep Rob busy throughout the first quarter. Engineer Mark Humphreys traveled to Thailand in February for the commissioning of a Working End & Forehearth System at Siam Glass. Dave Douglas and Art Lawrence traveled to Portugal in February for discussions regarding the supply of a Melter, Working End and Forehearth System to the Lisbon plant of Sotancro Embalagem de Vidro. The control system will be delivered at the end of April followed by commissioning in late May/ early June. In March, Adam Harrison traveled to Southern China for commissioning of a float line which will keep him on-site for 6 to 8 weeks. Next quarter, our engineers will be working in Indonesia, Egypt, and Philippines. Also, ACSI Europe representatives will attend the Glasstech Asia 2010 exhibition in Singapore. This annual event, which is based in a different Asian country each year, is becoming a major exhibition in the Far East. (

Improving Food Processing Efficiency ACSI is providing improved production capabilities to the following Food Industry areas: Preparation, Processing, Packaging and Inspection. By utilizing the newest technology to automate sampling, adjustments, and portioning control, ACSI is able to optimize operations. As a result, our customers are seeing improved reporting, less waste, reduced downtime, improved product quality, and material savings. All of these benefits ultimately result in increased throughput and maximized profit. ACSI control systems can integrate the following types of equipment and systems:  Conveyor Systems  Accumulation Systems  Diverters & Rejection Systems  Sorting, Routing & Barcode Systems  Quality / Open Flap Reject Systems  Merging & Combining Systems  Servo Systems - Positioning, Batching, Pitching  Collating & Closing Systems  Robotic & Profile Systems Volume 5

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Did You Know? ACSI has developed a control system that can reduce variability of gob temperature by 300%!

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