Turning Old Tires Into Usable Materials

Sterling, IL March 2017: Sterling Systems & Controls, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has completed several projects where it was the provider of automation and process control equipment to automate the process of converting old tires into usable materials, including oils, gases and carbon ash. The process is a modified version of pyrolysis, a thermal decomposition of materials at high temperatures in an inert atmosphere such as a vacuum or nitrogen.

Primary automation components

The dual reactor process is controlled by an automation system designed and provided by Sterling Systems & Controls, Inc. The automation system includes a desktop PC with dual monitors, a PanelView Plus 6 running Rockwell’s FactoryTalk View ME (machine edition) automation software, and custom engineering and software by Sterling Systems. Also included is the PLC/Motor Starter control panel, which houses the PLC, main disconnect breaker, motor starters and the variable frequency drives for the reactors. Sterling Systems automation system also integrated process control with the company network using Sterling’s WebCentral™ application software.


Sterling Systems built all electrical and control panels, did system engineering of all components, custom application engineering and also implemented its WebCentral™ software. WebCentral is a browser based application that allows you to access the database of the Sterling Systems control system. You can review and print historical reports and change system parameters from a remote PC, so long as the PC resides on the same network as Sterling Systems automation control system. Because WebCentral is browser based, it is very simple and intuitive to use. It is ideal for applications where a variety of individuals need to access information from the control system in a secure, reliable and simple manner. In this application of WebCentral the user could remotely view reactor data in graph form, change system parameters, and search for, view and print historical data.

Sterling Systems & Controls, Inc. has 40+ years of experience providing efficient solutions for batching, micro, minor and bulk weighing, bag unloading systems, as well as plant automation. Sterling’s designs utilize the latest technology to provide specialized data management, raw material management, along with production data tracking. For more information contact Sterling Systems & Controls at 1-815-625-0852 sci@sterlingcontrols.com, and at www.sterlingcontrols.com.

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