Articles & News on Packaging

AP Dataweigh Celebrates 20th anniversary

  • News

Established in 1994, AP Dataweigh is an American manufacturer of in-motion checkweigher machinery.

Schneider Electric's Integration of Invensys

  • Feature

By Bill Lydon, Editor With this acquisition, Schneider Electric significantly enhanced its position to serve the process industries and now has a complete portfolio of products to serve the entire industrial and process automation industry. This article highlights a few key aspects of the integration of the two companies.

Weiss rotary indexing tables automate recyclable binding system

  • Case Study

Kugler-Womako in Germany is using TR750 rotary indexing tables in its EcoBinder paper-based binding system.

Servo drive boosts speed of friction feeders for packaging

  • Case Study

Metronix's smart drive has allowed Pfankuch to increase the speed of its friction feeder by 50% while also doubling the positioning accuracy.

November Manufacturing Technology Orders up 20% over last year

  • News

November U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $437.79 million, up 0.6% from October and up 20.7% when compared with the total of $362.63 million reported for November 2012.

2014 U.S. Economic Forecast: More of the same

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Economic analyst for the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association (FMA) says the U.S. appears to be headed down an economic path similar to that of 2013. Oh, Lordy.

Windows XP Cyber Time Bomb set for April 8, 2014

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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

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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.