Packaging OEM Increases Machine Performance, Enhances Flexibility with Integrated Control System From Rockwell Automation

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MILWAUKEE, August 1, 2005 — Packaging and converting OEM Gevas Technologies recently added Kinetix Integrated Motion from Rockwell Automation to its StarFill Ultra Eco packaging machine. The resulting new capabilities provide customers with a fast, reliable system that can quickly adapt to frequent line changes and scale up or down to satisfy continually changing design and packaging requirements.

Designed for packaging diapers and feminine care products, the StarFill Ultra Eco has an “open” frame structure and includes features for bag sealing, bag opening, stacking and product transport. The integrated control platform from Rockwell Automation, built on its Logix control architecture, features an Allen-Bradley ControlLogix controller and Kinetix 6000 multi-axis servo drive and MP-Series motors.

“Packaging OEMs are under pressure to create flexible machines in very compressed schedules, which requires reuse of designs and engineering resources,” said Mr. Thomas Sander, managing director of Gevas Technologies. “The addition of Kinetix Integrated Motion to our StarFill Ultra Eco machine significantly minimizes design and installation efforts, while providing our customers with higher system performance, easier maintenance and lower overall costs.”

When the machine is in automatic mode, the integrated control platform enables precise execution of the PCAM profile performed by each axis. This helps boost machine throughput and improves packaging quality. With an operating speed of up to 40 bags per minute, the StarFill Ultra Eco features an in-feed operating range of up to 800 mm, enabling the machine to handle a wide range of packaging dimensions.

Rockwell Automation (NYSE: ROK), is a leading global provider of automation, power, control, and information solutions that help manufacturers achieve a competitive advantage in their businesses. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., U.S.A., the company employs about 20,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.

For more information on the Kinetix Integration Motion solution, please contact the Rockwell Automation Response Center, 10701 Hampshire Avenue South, Bloomington, Minn., 55438, 800.223.5354, Ext. 1836.

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