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XCS Systems Ltd News archive 2000-2009

2009 News

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Merry Christmas!

We would like to wish all of our, customers, and suppliers, our very best wishes for for the Christmas and New Year holiday period. We are looking forward to continuing our working relationships next year.

Happy Birthday!

On Sunday May the 31st 2009, XCS Systems Ltd completed its ninth year in business. As we approach our first decade we look set to continue the steady rate of growth and expansion that we have seen over the previous nine years. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our customers and suppliers that have helped to make all of this possible.

Royal Visit to XCS Project at Heinz

The Queen at Heinz
The Heinz factory in Kitt Green, Wigan, is celebrating its fifty year anniversary. The factory, which is the largest food processing factory in Europe, is marking the occasion with a visit by HRH Queen Elizabeth II. The factory, which was opened by HRH Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in 1959, today had it's latest project unveiled by the Queen. The new multi-pack palletising system had a control system designed by XCS. This link to the BBC news website has a short film of the proceedings, in which the Queen can be seen unveiling a plaque in front of the XCS control panel.

ISP Change

We were recently forced to change our internet service provider (ISP). This was due to provider ceasing to trade. The change was achieved within 48 hours, but we apologise for any problems that you may have experienced during the transition.

Congratulations (once again) for XCS sponsored team

2009 WRFC under 15 team
XCS Systems continues its support of the local Rugby team.
They are pictured above, in Paris, victorious after the international under 15 competition.

Happy New Year

A very happy New Year to all of our, customers, partners, and suppliers. We look forward to working with you again in 2009.
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2008 News

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Best Wishes for the Holidays

We would like to wish all of our, customers, partners, and suppliers, our best wishes for for the Christmas and New Year holiday period. We are looking forward to continuing our working relationships next year.

Success for XCS sponsored team

2008 WRFC under 14 team
As in 2007, XCS have once again sponsored the Worcester under 14 rugby team in the national championships. Check out the match report for details of their excellent results.

Happy Birthday!

On May the 31st 2008, XCS Systems Limited completed its eighth year in business. Year nine looks set to continue the steady rate of growth and expansion that we have seen over the previous eight years. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our customers and suppliers that have helped to make all of this possible.
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Rockwell article released

As previously reported, XCS have been featured in an article spotlighting the advantages of the latest Rockwell Automation solutions. The article has now been released. A copy can be viewed by clicking here.

XCS to feature in Rockwell Automation Article

We recently completed a line control project, using the latest solutions from Rockwell Automation. Due to the size of the project, and a very successful start up, Rockwell approached us with the view to using the project to highlight the new features found in RSLogix 5000 version 16. They originally proposed a Web Cast, with interviews and footage of the production line. Unfortunately (but quite understandably), due to the confidential nature of the project, our customer would not permit this. However, two of our engineers, that were involved in the project, have been interviewed about the the new features in version 16 and the benefits for designing, programming, installing, commissioning, and maintaining a system that correctly utilises these features.

The system consists of 3 ControlLogix 5561s controlling a total of 150 PowerFlex (40 and 70) drives. The system also utilises 3 PanelView Plus CE HMIs for control, monitoring and diagnostics. All of these components, including 9 separate remote I/O racks, machine interlocks, and data collection, are connected and controlled using EtherNet/IP networks.

The close integration of EtherNet/IP devices into RSLogix5000 version 16 was just one of the many new features that contributed to the projects success.

As soon as the article is available, we will post a link to it from this page.

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Easily locate XCS using the Web

It's always been easy to find us, thanks to our map page, where you can get driving directions and download a copy of the map.
But now it is even easier, because you can now also find us with Google maps. There are a number of these links around the site. We hope you find them useful.

Can Making Machinery Control Systems

We have recently been involved in providing a number of machine control systems, for both old and new machinery. These jobs have done in conjunction with various different machine suppliers.

These jobs have included:

Can Decorator (Printer).
Documentation upgrade (including language translation), panel upgrade, PLC conversion and commissioning. This was an old machine that was transfered from Japan to China.

Cupping Presses.
The design and manufacture of complete control systems for 2 new presses.

Inside Can Spray Machines (LSMs).
PLC conversion of 3 banks of Spray Machines. The old machines were controlled by Allen-Bradley PLC-2 and PLC-5 controllers. The new software was designed by XCS for ControlLogix PLCs, and was designed in such a way as to ensure that all the 3 banks of machines have identical controls, despite the different types of PLC, and ages of the previous installations.

Bodymakers (WIMs).
The design and commissioning of PLC and HMI software for 6 new Sequa B6 Bodymakers. This software was designed to integrate into our customers existing electrical design. It featured a Siemens S7-315F fail-safe PLC, whereby all the safety systems are controlled within the software.

The above examples illustrate XCS Systems experience, and flexibility, in working with a diverse range of machinery, in a broad range of roles, from a complete turn key project, to a single element of the design, build, installation and commissioning process.

XCS Systems is also continuing to work in other industries, although our main focus remains on the food, beverage and packaging industries. We have recently completed work on several sachet filling machines.

Contact XCS for FREE!

We are currently running a trial using Skype. Visit the Contact page and click on one of the links.
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2005 News

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Long term engineering commitment in Germany

XCS are providing an engineering commitment to the Rexam Beverage Can plant in Berlin, Germany. The existing three steel cans lines will be converted to manufacture aluminium cans. XCS will be providing project coordination until the middle of 2006.

Happy Birthday!

On May the 31st 2005, XCS Systems Limited completed its fifth year in business. Year six looks set to continue the steady rate of growth and expansion that we have seen over the previous five years. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our customers and suppliers that have helped to make all of this possible.
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XCS becomes approved supplier to Coca-Cola Enterprises (Aug '04)

Having recently been invited to become an approved supplier, we are currently quoting work at the CCE plant in Edmonton.

We have moved (May 2004)

Just short of our 4th anniversary, we have relocated to newer, larger premises. Go to the Contact page for our new address and telephone numbers.

We are moving! (Feb 2004)

We are currently finishing off negotiations to move to new, larger premises. Watch this space for more details in the coming months.
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XCS joins the FSB (August 2003)

XCS Systems are now a member of the Federation of Small Businesses. Click here to visit their web site.

XCS becomes Rockwell Technical Integrator (January 2003)

XCS Systems are now a member of the prestigious Technical Integrator program ran by Rockwell Automation. Click here to visit their web site.
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Project engineering work for Kraft Foods (June 2002)

XCS Systems currently has three engineers based at Kraft Foods in Banbury. This work, now in its sixth month, represents our ongoing commitment to long term project engineering, and the advantages of the close relationships we have with our customers.

XCS invited to be a Rockwell Automation Technology Integrator (February 2002)

XCS Systems has become one of a select few companies to invited to join with Rockwell Automation as part of their Technology Integrator programme. Watch this space for more news as it becomes available.
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Company details now available online (September 2001)

A download of the XCS Company profile is now available in Acrobat® format. Click here to view. If required you may obtain the latest version of the Acrobat® reader from the Adobe® web site.

XCS becomes Automation Consultant for SCB Tyne

XCS Systems has a number of ongoing jobs for Scottish Courage at its Tyne brewery, and has now been selected as their Automation Consultants.
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2000 News

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XCS Secures First International Contract (November 2000)

XCS Systems has just completed a job for the Georgia Pacific Corporation in Memphis Tennessee. The work was completed on time and to budget. There should be more work to come in the near future.

The Final Piece Falls Into Place (October 2000)

With the addition of Andrew Ricketts as the fourth director, XCS Systems has reached a perfect balance of skills and experience to face the challenges of the future. Andy has a wide range of experience in the packaging and package handling industries at all levels, from system design to project management.

Heinz Approval Complete

XCS Systems have completed their first few jobs as an approved supplier for H. J. Heinz Company Limited, and are now quoting additional work at various sites.

New Director Joins the Team (September 2000)

XCS Systems is pleased to announce that Jim White has joined the team as one of the company directors. Jim's extensive experience as a project engineer and manager will enhance the business and help us to keep pace with the increasing demands of new orders.

XCS to be Approved by Guinness (August 2000)

XCS Systems has been requested to submit details to become an approved supplier for Guinness to carry out software optimisation in several of their plants in the UK and Ireland.

H. J. Heinz Approval in progress (July 2000)

Thanks to the success of work carried out for H. J. Heinz at their site in Kitt Green, Wigan, which is the largest food factory in Europe, XCS have obtained additional work and are in the process of becoming a preferred supplier.
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