Articles & News on Packaging

Windows XP Cyber Time Bomb set for April 8, 2014

  • Feature

By Bill Lydon, Editor The huge installed base of automation software running on Windows XP will be vulnerable to cyber-attacks with the end of Windows XP support April 8, 2014. More than 12 years old, Windows XP is the longest supported version of Windows ever and therefore is the most used in industrial automation systems.

Adept Technology signs Harpak-ULMA as systems integrator

  • News

Harpak will define, configure, and deliver fully integrated solutions using Adept robots, software, and grippers to increase speed and efficiency on food processing lines.

Developers of Dream Report come out of hiding

  • Feature

By Bill Lydon, Editor I recently had the opportunity to discuss Ocean Data Systems – a little company you likely have never heard of - with Roy Kok, their VP of Sales and Marketing. Their product, Dream Report, is OEMed by a number of well-known software providers. Here is a synopsis of my interview with Kok.

2014 Automation Trends for material handling, logistics and machine tools

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By Thomas R. Cutler During 2013 the past-paced, ever-changing elements of automation impacting manufacturing, material handling, and logistics was remarkable. The prognosis for more automation innovation in 2014 is axiomatic and transformative companies will illuminate the possibilities of great efficiency, productivity, and profitability.

Mexican Packaging Machinery Market Remains Strong

  • News

Firms in Mexico spent $535 million on packaging machinery imports in 2012, making their nation the world’s seventh-largest importer of packaging machinery.

Lenze releases PackML Library

  • News

Designed for machine builders and operators, the Lenze library simplifies implementation of PackML standards using ladder logic.

New Approach for Shortening Schedules and Minimizing Risk on Automation Projects

  • Feature

By Paul Hodge & Joe Bastone, Honeywell The advantages of optimized project workflow can be realized at both ends of the project schedule. The benefits are essential to ensuring control systems pose the least risk to project schedule and allow for safe, efficient and reliable plant startup and operation.

Rose Forgrove promotes Sónia Pereira to Project Manager

  • News

Pereira began as Applications Engineer for the Rose Forgrove product line at HayssenSandiacre. Pereira will oversee the technical aspects of New Product Development.

Universal’s Robot Arms Pick Packages

  • Case Study

At packaging plants in Europe, robot arms from Universal Robots use advanced force control to handle even the most fragile and delicate items, and operate with no safety guarding.

UK plastic bag Machine builders use Ethernet-based motion control

  • Case Study

Hartech Engineering and GPL Machinery built a plastic bag machine based on ABB's Ethernet Powerlink compatible motion control and an all-servomotor architecture.